City of Duncanville Lifts Water Usage Restrictions

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Duncanville, TX (February 21, 2021) – As a result of the winter storm that brought freezing temperatures and power outages that impacted Texas and the City of Duncanville, a STAGE 3 – Water Warning was initiated on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Water Warning required businesses and citizens to conserve water as the city’s water reserve dropped to 37%. This was followed by an Executive Order from Mayor Barry L. Gordon on Friday, February 19, 2021, ordering the city’s industrial businesses to cease operations in a continuing effort to rebuild reserves and avert a boil water notice.

Dallas Water Utilities worked with Duncanville Utilities to replenish supply as residents and businesses cooperated with the calls for water conservation, taking immediate and measurable actions that curbed water usage throughout the city. This combination of efforts along with Dallas Water Utilities’ ability to continue to safely provide supply to Duncanville, replenished water reserves, returning levels to normal.

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, Duncanville ended water restrictions and calls for conservation that included a reduction of toilet flushing, shower use, dishwasher use, and a postponement of clothes washing. Industrial users were cleared to resume operations as water supply was able to meet demand. Duncanville returned to a STAGE 1 – Normal and is again capable of safely serving the city’s typical water needs.

Monitoring of the city’s water system will continue to ensure it is safely sustaining both supply and demand. As temperatures continue to warm residents are reminded to call the City’s Water Utilities to report ruptured pipes and water leaks by calling 972-780-5010 ext. 7.

City of Duncanville to Distribute Free Water to Those Impacted by Winter Weather

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Duncanville, TX (February 20, 2021) – The City of Duncanville will be providing free bottles of drinking water to those without a home water supply. Residents in need can pick up water on Sunday, February 21, 2021, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the D.L. Hopkins Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116.

The Duncanville water supply continues to be safe and potable. At this time the City has not issued a boil water notice. Duncanville water pressure is adequate and water quality is perfectly safe for all household uses, but the city remains under a STAGE 3 – Water Warning, requiring citizens and businesses to continue water conservation until water reserves return to levels appropriate to safely serve the city.

Many Duncanville residents are without water because of emergency water shut-offs to residences due to several broken domestic water lines and pipes within homes. There is a current lack of availability of water at local stores due to demand and many residents are in dire need of drinking water.

If your household needs water, please send one vehicle to the distribution location to receive water. The water supply is limited, so please only attend if you in fact needing water. This will help ensure those in desperate need can get this resource. This water should be used for drinking and cooking, not for household uses like flushing toilets.

MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ADDING FURTHER WATER USAGE RESTRICTIONS TO CAR WASHES AND MANUFACTURING

Duncanville, TX (February 19, 2021) – Duncanville, in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Plan, implemented a STAGE 3 – Water Warning on Thursday, February 18, 2021.  The trigger for a STAGE 3 – Water Warning is a combination of ground and elevated storage capacity within the city being below 50% at the beginning of a 24-hour period. 

The drawdown of water has been caused by water line breaks due to freezing weather and challenges within the water distribution system due to power outages. As of the afternoon of Friday, February 19, 2021 storage levels fell below 40% leading to an executive order being issued by Duncanville’s Mayor.

On Friday, February 19, 2021, Duncanville Mayor Barry L. Gordon signed an executive order directing industrial and manufacturing activity for high to cease and desist operations.

Per the Water Drought Contingency Plan, the order also directs that all retail and commercial customers disable irrigation systems, hotel operations reduce laundry of towels and linens and residents continue to limit water usage per the STAGE 3 – Water Warning in the following ways:

  1. Reduce toilet flushing
  2. Reduce shower use
  3. Reduce dishwasher use (maximize capacity when operating)
  4. Reduce/postpone washing clothes

As temperatures are expected to drop overnight, residents may continue to allow faucets to drip in an effort to prevent pipe freezing and bursting.

Both business’ and residents’ participation in this conservation effort will help to prevent the potential for a water boil notice by helping the city’s water supply return to the levels necessary to safely serve the community.


ORDER OF MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON DATE ORDER ISSUED:
February 19, 2021

Summary: The City of Duncanville, Dallas county and the North Texas region has experienced an unprecedent winter weather events. The accumulation of snow and extreme low temperatures has significantly impacted the municipal water system with household business and city water line ruptures. The result circumstance has led to meaningful reduction of water capacity and the ability to deliver potable water to citizens. Moreover, combined ground and elevated storage is below forty percent (40%) of usage capacity.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, DUNCANVILLE MAYOR BARRY L. GORDON ORDERS:

  1. Effective as of 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19th, 2021, and continuing until 6:59 p.m. on February 26th, 2021, the following mandatory actions are hereby directed to immediately cease and desist operations of (a) any industrial and/or manufacturing activity for high consumption industrial users based on average use as determined by 2020 daily average in excess of two thousand gallons of water per day which include but not limited to, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple Corrugated, (b) all commercial car wash facilities shall cease operation.
  2. That the Water Drought Contingency Plan shall continue to be given effective except where in conflict with this order.
  3. I am directing that all residential retail and commercial customers completely disable and shut off irrigation systems.
  4. I am requesting all hotel operations to reduce work usage and encourage reuse of towels and linens from multi-night occupants.
  5. Lastly, I am requesting to reduce
    1. sanitation flushing
    2. reduce shower and bathing
    3. reduce dishwasher use
    4. reduce / postpone laundry of clothing
  6. Any customer violating Section 1 (a) or (b) of this Order may have its water meter disabled or removed and/or may be assessed a criminal penalty as a Class C misdemeanor in an amount of five hundred dollars as a maximum fine. Each and every violation of each day shall be a separate violation.
  7. The City shall waive or reduce permit fees for plumbing repairs (commercial and residential), water heater and related fire suppression fees for a period not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days.
  8. Any conflict between this Order or with any ordinance of the City of Duncanville, the most restrictive provisions shall apply.
  9. This Order shall be effective until 6:59 p.m. on February 26, 2021, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.
  10. The City of Duncanville must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the City of Duncanville website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

IT IS SO ORDERED

BARRY L. GORDON MAYOR – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS

DECLARACIÓN DE DESASTRE LOCAL Y ESTADO DE EMERGENCIA

CONSIDERANDO QUE, que el 14 de febrero de 2021 ocurrió un evento climático severo que resultó en la acumulación de nevadas significativas y temperaturas de congelación prolongadas y extremas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, se deben tomar medidas razonables para hacer frente a este desastre para prevenir efectos en toda la ciudad de Duncanville y el condado de Dallas; y

CONSIDERANDO QUE, el Gobernador ha declarado una emergencia en todo el estado al proclamar tales condiciones.

AHORA, POR LO TANTO, YO, BARRY L. GORDON, ALCALDE DE LA CIUDAD DE DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, PROCLAMO POR LA PRESENTE a las 7:00 p.m., el día 19 de febrero de 2021, un estado local de desastre; y:

  1. Que por la presente se declara un estado local de desastre por emergencia de salud y seguridad pública para la ciudad de Duncanville, Texas, de conformidad con la sección 418.108 (a) del Código de Gobierno de Texas.
  2. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (b) del Código de Gobierno, el estado de desastre por emergencia de salud y seguridad pública continuará hasta el 26 de febrero de 2021 a menos que el Ayuntamiento de Duncanville, Texas lo continúe o lo renueve.
  3. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (c) del Código de Gobierno, esta declaración de un estado local de desastre para una emergencia de salud y seguridad pública se dará a conocer rápidamente y en general y se archivará inmediatamente con la Secretaria de la Ciudad.
  4. De conformidad con la sección 418.108 (d) del Código de Gobierno, esta declaración de un estado local de desastre activa el plan de manejo de emergencias de la Ciudad de Duncanville.
  5. La orden está sujeta a la Proclamación del Gobernador de conformidad con la Sección 418.016 del Código de Gobierno de Texas, cualquier estatuto regulatorio que prescriba los procedimientos para la realización de negocios estatales o cualquier orden o regla de una agencia estatal que de alguna manera prevenga, obstaculice o retrase la acción necesaria para hacer frente a este desastre se suspenderá con la aprobación por escrito de la Oficina del Gobernador. Sin embargo, en la medida en que la aplicación de cualquier estatuto estatal o regla administrativa con respecto a la contratación o adquisición impidiera la respuesta de emergencia de cualquier agencia estatal que sea necesaria para proteger la vida o la propiedad amenazada por este desastre declarado. Por la presente autorizo la suspensión de tales estatutos y reglas por la duración de este desastre declarado.
  6. Además, ordeno al Administrador Interino de la Ciudad, o su designado, que emprenda cualquier acción razonable y que lleve a cabo las medidas de mitigación de desastres necesarias para proteger la salud, seguridad y bienestar general de los ciudadanos de Duncanville bajo el Plan de Manejo de Emergencias según sea necesario.
  7. Que esta proclamación tomara efecto inmediatamente desde y después de su emisión.

DECLARADO el 19 de febrero de 2021

Robert E. Hager

Abogado de la Ciudad

BARRY L. GORDON

Alcade, Ciudad de Duncanville

Kristin Downs

Secretaria de la Ciudad


Declaration of Local Disaster and State Emergency

WHEREAS, on February 14, 2021 a severe weather event occurred resulting in the accumulation of significant snowfall and extreme prolonged freezing temperatures; and

WHEREAS, reasonable measures must be taken to cope with this disaster to prevent effects throughout the City of Duncanville and Dallas County; and

WHEREAS, the Governor has declared a statewide emergency by proclamation for such conditions.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARRY L. GORDON, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM at 7:00 p.m., on the 19 th day of February 2021, a local state of disaster; and:

  1. That a local state of disaster for public health and safety emergency is hereby declared for the City of Duncanville, Texas, pursuant to section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
  2. Pursuant to section 418.108(b) of the Government Code, the state of disaster for public health and safety emergency shall continue through February 26, 2021 unless continued or renewed by the City Council of Duncanville, Texas.
  3. Pursuant to section 418.108(c) of the Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster for public health and safety emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.
  4. Pursuant to section 418.108(d) of the Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the City of Duncanville emergency management plan.
  5. The order is subject to the Proclamation of the Governor pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster. I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.
  6. I further direct the Interim City Manager, or his designee, to undertake whatever reasonable action and to conduct whatever disaster mitigation measures necessary to protect the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Duncanville under the Emergency Management Plan as necessary.
  7. That this proclamation shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

DECLARED this 19 th day of February 2021.

ORDEN DEL ALCALDE BARRY L. GORDON

FECHA DE ORDEN EMITIDA: 19 de febrero 2021

Resumen: la ciudad de Duncanville, el condado de Dallas y la región norte de Texas han experimentado un clima invernal sin precedentes. La acumulación de nieve y temperaturas extremadamente bajas ha impactado significativamente el sistema de agua municipal con rupturas en las líneas de agua de los hogares, los negocios y la ciudad. La circunstancia resultante ha llevado a una reducción significativa de la capacidad de agua y la capacidad de suministrar agua potable a los ciudadanos. Además, el almacenamiento combinado en suelo y elevado está por debajo del cuarenta por ciento (40%) de la capacidad de uso.

BAJO LA SECCIÓN 418.108 DEL CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO DE LA AUTORIDAD DE TEXAS, EL ALCALDE DE DUNCANVILLE BARRY L. GORDON ORDENA:

  1. Efectivo a partir de las 7:00 p.m. el viernes 19 de febrero de 2021 y hasta las 6:59 p.m. el 26 de febrero de 2021, se ordenan las siguientes acciones obligatorias para cesar y desistir inmediatamente de las operaciones de (a) cualquier actividad industrial y / o manufacturera para usuarios industriales de alto consumo con base en el uso promedio según lo determinado por el promedio diario de 2020 en exceso de dos mil galones de agua por día, que incluyen pero no se limitan a, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple corrugado, (b) todas las instalaciones de lavado de coches comerciales deberán cesar la operación.
  2. Que el Plan de Contingencia de Sequía de Agua continuará siendo efectivo excepto cuando esté en conflicto con esta orden.
  3. Estoy indicando que todos los clientes residenciales, minoristas y comerciales desactiven y apaguen completamente los sistemas de riego.
  4. Estoy solicitando a todas las operaciones del hotel que reduzcan el uso del trabajo y animen la reutilización de toallas y ropa de cama de los ocupantes de varias noches.
  5. Por último, solicito reducir
  6. lavado de saneamiento
  7. reducir la ducha y el baño
  8. reducir el uso del lavavajillas
  9. reducir / posponer el lavado de ropa
  10. Cualquier cliente que viole la Sección 1 (a) o (b) de esta Orden se le puede inhabilitar o remover el medidor de agua y / o se le puede imponer una sanción penal como un delito menor de Clase C por una cantidad de quinientos dólares como multa máxima. Todas y cada una de las violaciones de cada día serán una violación separada.
  11. La Ciudad eximirá o reducirá las tarifas de permisos para reparaciones de plomería (comerciales y residenciales), calentadores de agua y extinción de incendios por un período que no exceda los treinta (30) días calendario.
  12. Cualquier conflicto entre esta Orden o con cualquier ordenanza de la Ciudad de Duncanville, se aplicarán las disposiciones más restrictivas.
  13. 9. Esta Orden será efectiva hasta las 6:59 p.m. del 26 de febrero de 2021, o hasta que sea rescindida, reemplazada o enmendada de conformidad con la ley aplicable.
  14. La Ciudad de Duncanville debe proporcionar rápidamente copias de esta Orden mediante la publicación en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Duncanville. Además, se recomienda encarecidamente al propietario, gerente u operador de cualquier instalación que pueda verse afectada por esta Orden que publique una copia de esta Orden en el sitio y que proporcione una copia a cualquier miembro del público que solicite una copia. Si cualquier subsección, oración, cláusula, frase o palabra de esta Orden o cualquier aplicación de la misma a cualquier persona, estructura, reunión o circunstancia se considera inválida o inconstitucional por una decisión de un tribunal de jurisdicción competente, entonces dicha decisión no afectará la validez de las restantes partes o aplicaciones de esta Orden.

ES ASI ORDENADO

BARRY L. GORDON

ALCALDE – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS


ORDEN DEL ALCALDE BARRY L. GORDON

FECHA DE ORDEN EMITIDA: 19 de febrero 2021

Resumen: la ciudad de Duncanville, el condado de Dallas y la región norte de Texas han experimentado un clima invernal sin precedentes. La acumulación de nieve y temperaturas extremadamente bajas ha impactado significativamente el sistema de agua municipal con rupturas en las líneas de agua de los hogares, los negocios y la ciudad. La circunstancia resultante ha llevado a una reducción significativa de la capacidad de agua y la capacidad de suministrar agua potable a los ciudadanos. Además, el almacenamiento combinado en suelo y elevado está por debajo del cuarenta por ciento (40%) de la capacidad de uso.

BAJO LA SECCIÓN 418.108 DEL CÓDIGO DE GOBIERNO DE LA AUTORIDAD DE TEXAS, EL ALCALDE DE DUNCANVILLE BARRY L. GORDON ORDENA:

  1. Efectivo a partir de las 7:00 p.m. el viernes 19 de febrero de 2021 y hasta las 6:59 p.m. el 26 de febrero de 2021, se ordenan las siguientes acciones obligatorias para cesar y desistir inmediatamente de las operaciones de (a) cualquier actividad industrial y / o manufacturera para usuarios industriales de alto consumo con base en el uso promedio según lo determinado por el promedio diario de 2020 en exceso de dos mil galones de agua por día, que incluyen pero no se limitan a, CabinetWorks, Pioneer Foods, Tortilla Factory, Apple corrugado, (b) todas las instalaciones de lavado de coches comerciales deberán cesar la operación.
  2. Que el Plan de Contingencia de Sequía de Agua continuará siendo efectivo excepto cuando esté en conflicto con esta orden.
  3. Estoy indicando que todos los clientes residenciales, minoristas y comerciales desactiven y apaguen completamente los sistemas de riego.
  4. Estoy solicitando a todas las operaciones del hotel que reduzcan el uso del trabajo y animen la reutilización de toallas y ropa de cama de los ocupantes de varias noches.
  5. Por último, solicito reducir
  6. lavado de saneamiento
  7. reducir la ducha y el baño
  8. reducir el uso del lavavajillas
  9. reducir / posponer el lavado de ropa
  10. Cualquier cliente que viole la Sección 1 (a) o (b) de esta Orden se le puede inhabilitar o remover el medidor de agua y / o se le puede imponer una sanción penal como un delito menor de Clase C por una cantidad de quinientos dólares como multa máxima. Todas y cada una de las violaciones de cada día serán una violación separada.
  11. La Ciudad eximirá o reducirá las tarifas de permisos para reparaciones de plomería (comerciales y residenciales), calentadores de agua y extinción de incendios por un período que no exceda los treinta (30) días calendario.
  12. Cualquier conflicto entre esta Orden o con cualquier ordenanza de la Ciudad de Duncanville, se aplicarán las disposiciones más restrictivas.
  13. 9. Esta Orden será efectiva hasta las 6:59 p.m. del 26 de febrero de 2021, o hasta que sea rescindida, reemplazada o enmendada de conformidad con la ley aplicable.
  14. La Ciudad de Duncanville debe proporcionar rápidamente copias de esta Orden mediante la publicación en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Duncanville. Además, se recomienda encarecidamente al propietario, gerente u operador de cualquier instalación que pueda verse afectada por esta Orden que publique una copia de esta Orden en el sitio y que proporcione una copia a cualquier miembro del público que solicite una copia. Si cualquier subsección, oración, cláusula, frase o palabra de esta Orden o cualquier aplicación de la misma a cualquier persona, estructura, reunión o circunstancia se considera inválida o inconstitucional por una decisión de un tribunal de jurisdicción competente, entonces dicha decisión no afectará la validez de las restantes partes o aplicaciones de esta Orden.

ES ASI ORDENADO

BARRY L. GORDON

ALCALDE – DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS

Natural Gas Supply Continues to be Constrained

Atmos Energy Continues to Urge Energy Conservation

DUNCANVILLE, Texas – Feb. 18, 2021 – As demand for energy remains at unprecedented levels due to historically cold temperatures, suppliers continue to experience challenges with supply and delivery that limit the amount of natural gas Atmos Energy can deliver to its customers.

Even as the weather warms and producers are working to bring on more supplies, it remains important that all residents and businesses continue to be vigilant in their conservation efforts.

These natural gas supply constraints may lead to service outages for some Atmos Energy customers. If service is interrupted, restoration may take an extended period of time. Once supply is restored, Atmos Energy technicians will need to visit each home to safely restore gas service.

Atmos Energy urges all residents and businesses to continue to conserve energy to help maintain service for our most critical human needs customers. Everyone can continue to help by lowering the thermostat to 68 degrees or less, setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees, and more: atmosenergy.com/weathersafety

Furthermore, those who experience an electrical outage may turn off the furnace. One of the easiest ways may be to turn it off at the thermostat.  Then, after the power comes back on, wait 10 to 15 minutes before restarting the furnace. This may help the natural gas system adjust to a sudden increase in usage.

Atmos Energy reminds customers to heed the guidance of local leaders and stay alert to changing weather conditions in their area. Our teams are working around the clock to provide safe and reliable service, and we appreciate your patience during this historic weather event.  

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation is the nation’s largest fully regulated, natural gas-only distributor of safe, clean, efficient and affordable energy. As part of our vision to be the safest provider of natural gas services, we are modernizing our business and our infrastructure while continuing to invest in safety, innovation, environmental sustainability and our communities. An S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, Atmos Energy serves more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities across eight states and manages proprietary pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.

Find us online at http://www.atmosenergy.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

DUNCANVILLE IMPLEMENTS STAGE 3 WATER WARNING

Duncanville, TX (February 18, 2021) – Duncanville, in accordance with the City’s Water Conservation Plan, has implemented a STAGE 3 – Water Warning. The trigger for this STAGE 3 – Water Warning is a combination of ground and elevated storage capacity within the city being below 50% at the beginning of a 24-hour period.

The drawdown of water was caused by water line breaks due to freezing weather and challenges within the water distribution system due to power outages.

As part of the STAGE 3 – Water Warning, Duncanville residents are being asked to limit their water use in the following ways:

  • Reduce toilet flushing
  • Reduce shower use
  • Reduce dishwasher use (maximize capacity when operating)
  • Reduce/postpone washing clothes

Allowing faucets to drip to prevent frozen pipes is allowed. Residents can capture that water for other uses.

Residents’ participation in this conservation effort will help to prevent the potential for a water boil notice by helping the city’s water supply return to the levels necessary to safely serve the community.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE SEEKS DAMAGES FROM EON REALITY, INC.

The City of Duncanville, Texas, at the direction of the City Council, filed suit against EON Reality, Inc. in Dallas County District Court. The City’s complaint asserts that EON Reality, Inc., a multinational software developer headquartered in Irvine, California, defaulted on an agreement that included an incentive grant and a ten-year lease for the property at 103 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas to be used as a virtual and augmented reality school.

In October of 2014, the City of Duncanville and EON Reality, Inc. entered into a written agreement that included an economic development grant of $1,483,374.00 to offset the purchase of equipment to start a virtual and augmented reality school. At the same time EON Reality, Inc. signed a ten-year lease with the City of Duncanville for the property at 103 E. Wheatland Road, Duncanville, Texas.

In October of 2019, EON Reality ceased paying rent and abandoned the premises, defaulting on the lease agreement with the City, which was set to expire on March 31, 2025. The City sent notice of default and termination to EON on July 31, 2020, and terminated the lease on September 15, 2020.

The suit filed by the City of Duncanville, Texas asks for monetary damages of approximately $81,300.00 in reimbursable costs, $153,500.00 for rent and late penalties through September of 2020 when the lease was terminated, $662,500.00 for rent from October of 2020 to February of 2025 per the signed lease agreement, reimbursement of the economic development grant of $1,483,374.00, as well as interest and attorney’s fees.

COVID-19 RELIEF: HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The following is information about rental, mortgage, and utility assistance programs available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Housing
Assistance Program (EHAP)

CAREs Act Heart House

The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) provides short-term rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to low income Dallas County residents living outside of the City of Dallas economically affected (loss-reduction of income) by the spread of COVID-19.

EHAP will continue for 90 days into the new year. To learn more about the program:

Eligibility for EHAP:

  • Must reside outside the city of Dallas but within Dallas County;
  • Currently not receiving housing assistance through another entity;
  • Household income is less than 80% of AMI; and
  • Must have suffered an economic impact due to COVID-19.

DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
214-819-1968
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CT)


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affair’s Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump-sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Starting in 2021, Dallas County will be participating in the TERAP. Households may contact our HHS team (214.819.1968, EHAP_DCHHS@dallascounty.org) for more information about how they can apply through Dallas County for assistance.


For additional information and updates from the City of Duncanville visit:
duncanville.com/covid-19/

Dallas County Health and Human Services Opens COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Website and Announces Mass Vaccination Site

This post has been updated on January 15, 2021 to include the FAQ for the Fair Park COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site and DCHHS Vaccine Registration Hotline (see below).

Today, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opened up a COVID-19 vaccination registration and pre-screening site for Dallas County residents in phase 1A or 1B, as outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). While vaccine supply is extremely limited, DCHHS anticipates receiving additional supply in the coming weeks and months. The registration website is for vaccination eligibility only at DCHHS, and not for all providers within Dallas County.

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The City of Duncanville announces Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides as their new City Manager

The Duncanville City Council is proud to announce Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides as their new City Manager.

Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides start date is February 22, 2021.

Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides has nearly 30 years of professional experience at all levels of government. On July 10, 2017, she was appointed as City Manager for the great City of Petersburg, Virginia after previously serving as City Manager for the City of Glenn Heights, Texas.

Much of her career has been spent in Washington, DC, where she previously served as the Deputy Secretary of the State for the District of Columbia. Serving under four Mayoral Administrations, she held positions to include Chief Operating Officer for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation; Chief of Staff for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders; and Director for the Office of Neighborhood Action and the Community Empowerment Cluster.

With a true commitment to government, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides previously served as the Assistant County Administrator for Los Alamos County, New Mexico. In that role, she managed the County’s Intergovernmental Program and Economic Development. For the City of Sunnyvale, California, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides served as the Assistant to the City Manager, where she oversaw Sunnyvale’s Intergovernmental and Legislative programs.

From 1989 to 1995, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides worked with the Central Intelligence Agency as an undergraduate intern and later as Graduate Fellow focusing on Soviet Military Issues. Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides held her first local government job with the City of Fort Worth in 1988 as a summer employee.

From 1995 to 1997, she served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Maryland. From 1997 to 2002, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides worked for the City of Chicago as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Housing Authority and as Assistant Chief Information Officer for the Department of Business and Information Services.

Currently, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides serves on several intergovernmental boards to include Riverside Regional Jail Authority (Secretary Treasurer), Crater Youth Correctional Center (Chair), South Central Wastewater Authority (Vice-Chair), Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, Appomattox River Water Authority and Crater Planning District.

Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides is committed to serving in the field of Public Administration and is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Since 1988, Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides has been a faithful and supportive member of the NFBPA, beginning with serving as the organization’s student representative on the national board of directors and later serving as President of the Chicago Chapter, Vice-President of the Council of Presidents, National Secretary/Treasurer, 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President and ultimately serving as the 17ths National President. Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides is a 1995 Graduate of the NFBPA’s Mentor Program and 1999 graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. In 2017, she was awarded the Marks of Excellence Award. The Marks of Excellence Award is bestowed upon an African-American Public Administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management. Early in her career, she was awarded the NFBPA Young Public Administrator of the Year Award. This is a nationally competitive award recognizing an administrator, under age 35, who has demonstrated an above-average commitment and success in both the profession and community.

Mrs. Ferrell-Benavides is a Silver Star member of the Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Howard University in Washington, DC. She has also completed the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute, and part of the 2015 Class of Leadership Southwest. Ms. Ferrell-Benavides is married to former Dallas City Manager, Ted Benavides, and has one son Geoffry Alexander who is a student at the University of Kansas.