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March 2021 www.desototexas.gov

DeSoto City Lights CITY OF DESOTO AND THE MINT FOUNDATION IMPLEMENT TEXAS EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS The City of DeSoto in partnership with The MINT FoundaƟon, is offering a short‐ term rental assistance program to DeSoto residents through the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP). This program provides rental assistance to income‐eligible households impacted by COVID‐19 to help them stay housed during the pandemic. The TERAP is an alternaƟve to the program offered by Dallas County, in that the TERAP specifically assists low‐to‐moderate income residents. The program can pay up to six months of an eligible household's rent, including rental arrears, with at least one of those months covering a month of future rent.

The City of DeSoto is eligible to receive $150,000 in CDBG‐CV funding from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. 10% of those funds are specifically earmarked to administer the Texas EvicƟon Diversion Program (TEDP) which provides rental assistance to tenants who have been sued for evicƟon. This program provides the landlord and tenant an alternaƟve to evicƟon. Residents and landlords interested in applying to the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program will need to contact The MINT FoundaƟon, who will screen applicants, determine eligibility, and arrange for payments to be sent directly to the landlord. ApplicaƟons will be accepted beginning Monday, February 15, 2021 and will last unƟl all available funding is spent. For addiƟonal informaƟon including program guidelines, restricƟons, and documentaƟon needed, please contact The MINT FoundaƟon directly at 972.224.7200 or visit www.mintcares.org.

CITY CALENDAR FEBRUARY 1 Arts Commission virtual ‐ 6 pm 1 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual ‐ 6:30 pm 2 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 4 Library Board Mtg. Library ‐ 7 pm 9 Planning & Zoning Mtg.– virtual –6 pm 15 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 16 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 20 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am 23 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 25 Mental Health Town Hall‐ virtual 6 pm 26 & 27 Daddy/Daughter Event MARCH 1 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual 6:30 pm 2 City Council Mtg. ‐ Virtual 6 pm 4 Library Board MeeƟng 7 pm 6 Arts Commission planning retreat 1pm 9 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 15 Topical Work Session—virtual 6 pm 16 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 20 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am 23 P&Z MeeƟng virtual‐ 6 pm

DeSoto Parks & RecreaƟon invites you to join us for the 5K Shamrock Shake Virtual Walk or Run. We have "gone virtual" to protect the health and safety of our parƟcipants and community. Register to parƟcipate at Parks & RecreaƟon | DeSoto, TX ‐ Official Website (desototexas.gov) or call 972.230.9655 for more informaƟon. Use any app to track your acƟvity such as Strava or MapmyRun. You must complete 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). Once you complete your challenge, come to the DeSoto RecreaƟon Center to claim your T‐shirt. You must show your app to the aƩendant to verify that you have completed the challenge.

DeSoto has great trails such as the Roy Orr Trail and DeSoto Ranch Nature Trail, and there are walking trails at many DeSoto parks. Pick your own route in or near your neighborhood. Make it fun and challenge your neighbors to get involved. A Message from DeSoto’s Veterans Affairs CommiƩee:

KEEP DESOTO CLEAN LOGO CONTEST WINNER Madison Parker, a 16 year old DeSoto resident, is the winner of the Keep DeSoto Clean Logo contest. Keep DeSoto BeauƟful and Park Board members collaborated to judge the entries submiƩed by 24 contest parƟcipants. Madison received an I‐ pad as the grand prize winner.

972.230.9690 and 99 for AT&T U‐verse subscribers. These virtual benefit forums provide veterans and family members with important informaƟon on topics such as VA medical services, PTSD, Veterans burial benefits and more. DeSoto’s monthly in‐person Benefit Forums are currently suspended due to the COVID‐ 19 Pandemic. But we will conƟnue providing informaƟon to our Veterans VIRTUALLY so please watch for our Virtual Veterans Benefit Forums on the third Saturday of each month at 10 am on the City of DeSoto Facebook Page @desototx, on the city’s website at www.desototexas.gov and on Government Channel 16 for Spectrum Cable subscribers We also have access to knowledgeable professionals and would be happy to assist

Madison’s winning design, pictured here, will adorn t‐shirts that will be available for $5 during our city‐wide clean‐up event on March 27th (see the flyer for this event on page 4). Proceeds from t‐shirts sales will benefit future Keep DeSoto BeauƟful projects. For more informaƟon, please call the Parks & RecreaƟons office at 972‐230‐9653.

you in connecƟng with them for assistance with filing for benefits, claims

quesƟons and more. Just give us a call at 972.230.9648 and we will do our best to connect you to someone who can help.

Adopt-a-Street Program Volunteers Needed DeSoto’s Adopt‐a‐Street Program is a joint effort between our city government and residents to keep our rights‐of‐ways and neighborhoods clean and beauƟful. This program allows our residents, HOAs, civic and religious organizaƟons and local businesses to express their pride and commitment to the community by commiƫng to clean a street or area in DeSoto on a consistent basis.

As you drive around town, you’ll see signs similar to this one that recognize the efforts of parƟcipants in the Adopt‐a‐ Street program.

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE AWARDS ADVANCED CERTIFICATION TO DESOTO COUNCILMEMBERS KAY BROWN‐PATRICK AND CANDICE QUARLES The Texas Municipal League (TML) has awarded DeSoto City Councilmembers Kay Brown‐Patrick and Candice Quarles the designaƟons of “CerƟfied Municipal Official” for compleƟng their advanced professional development training. Both councilmembers have been parƟcipaƟng in TML’s voluntary cerƟficaƟon program which provides interested and moƟvated elected officials from Texas Municipal League member ciƟes with advanced training designed to enhance their policy‐making and leadership skills.

Many of DeSoto’s

streets have been adopted but there are more available for adopƟon. To join the Adopt‐a‐Street program just call the City Manager’s office at 972.230.9643 to request an applicaƟon. In exchange for your commitment to clean your adopted street at least twice a month for an iniƟal period of six months, a sign with your name on it, similar to the one pictured above, will be erected on your adopted street. “Encouraging our HOAs and neighborhood groups to parƟcipate in the Adopt‐a‐Street Program is a City Business Plan item for 2021,” said DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright. “I’m hoping all our HOAs will join the Adopt‐a‐Street program this year.”

“As a DeSoto City Councilmember, full‐Ɵme job holder, and mother, I barely get enough Ɵme to catch my breath, but I have made Ɵme for this program because it provides me with meaningful, informaƟve, and useful informaƟon on topics that expand my knowledge and capabiliƟes as a Councilmember,” noted DeSoto City Councilmember (Place Two) Kay Brown‐Patrick. “This addiƟonal knowledge and training from the Texas Municipal

league assists me with making informed decisions and in doing so works toward the beƩerment of our community.”

Brown‐Patrick’s comments were echoed by her City Council colleague from Place Six, Candice Quarles who stated, “While the commitment that we have to make to the TML program is sizeable, I consider this advanced training to be an investment not just in my professional development but in DeSoto’s future. The informaƟon and skills that I gained allow me to do a beƩer job of represenƟng my consƟtuents and bringing them new programs and iniƟaƟves that can make a real difference in their quality of life.”

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