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Help for Residents and Businesses

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Friend —
 
I am pleased to let you know that two COVID-19 relief programs, approved last month by the Dallas City Council, will officially launch Monday morning.

This means much-needed assistance is on the way for thousands of small businesses and residents affected by restrictions that were needed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Below are details regarding both programs, including information on how to apply. The applications for both programs will be available on the City’s website

 
Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program

Please check out these English and Spanish checklist graphics, which explain proof-of-eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, and the pre-screening process for the program.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.

Below is additional information about the program. Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Assistance will provide up to $1,500 for three months per eligible household with additional assistance options available. To qualify for the pre-screening process, applicants must be City of Dallas residents who suffered economic hardships due to COVID-19-related restrictions. If you have any questions, you can send them via email to RentalAndMortgageAssistance@DallasCityHall.com or call (469) 749-6500 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please note, the phone number will not be operational until 9 a.m. Monday.

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Small Business Continuity Fund

Please check out these English and Spanish checklist graphics, which explain proof-of-eligibility requirements, documentation requirements, and the pre-screening process.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here.

Below is more information about the program: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. May 11. A lottery process will determine which businesses will receive funding. $2.5 million is set aside for low-cost loans (up to $50,000) and $2.5 million is set aside for grants (up to $10,000). And of the $2.5 million in grants, $1.25 million is reserved for businesses located in highly-distressed Census tracts. Businesses must be located in the City of Dallas. Businesses must be able to prove they were in operation for a minimum of six months prior to March 16, 2020, and demonstrate a 25% drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 restrictions. If you have any questions, you can email SBCF@DallasCityHall.com or call (469) 749-6500 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please note: phone number will not be operational until 9 a.m. Monday.

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These programs were vetted and recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Assistance, which I created in March to help aid Dallas as the city began responding to the coronavirus.

This is a start, and it demonstrates that your city leaders are doing everything we can to help you get through difficult and unprecedented challenges. We will continue to explore other ways to help residents and businesses in the weeks and months ahead.

Stay strong and stay safe. Dallas will bounce back from this pandemic.

If you have questions about COVID-19, including what you should do if you believe you might have the virus, check out the City’s web page, DallasCityHall.com/coronavirus

The official page to sign up to receive daily COVID-19 updates via email is here

Be safe out there.


Until next time,

Office of Mayor Eric Johnson
1500 Marilla Street, 5EN
Dallas, Texas 75201
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