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CITY CALENDAR APRIL 1 Historical FoundaƟon Mtg. virtual ‐ 6pm 4 Library Board Mtg. Library ‐ 7 pm 5 Arts Commission virtual ‐ 6 pm 5 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual ‐ 6:30 pm 6 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 12 Public Safety Town Hall ‐ virtual 6 pm 13 Planning & Zoning Mtg.– virtual –6 pm 17 Veterans Benefit Forum virtual ‐ 10 am 19 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 20 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 26 DeSoto Dev. Board Mtg. ‐ virtual 9 am MAY 1 Municipal ElecƟon Day 3 Park Board MeeƟng ‐ virtual 6:30 pm 3 Arts Commission Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 4 City Council Mtg. ‐ Virtual 6 pm 6 Library Board MeeƟng virtual 7 pm 10 Planning & Zoning Mtg. ‐ virtual 6 pm 15 Military AppreciaƟon Event ‐ 4:30 pm 17 Topical Work Session ‐ virtual 6 pm 18 City Council Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 6 pm 24 DeSoto Dev. Board Mtg. ‐ virtual ‐ 9 am DESOTO DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM DeSoto recently rolled out a new program that provides mortgage assistance for income‐eligible, first‐Ɵme homebuyers. The DeSoto Down Payment Assistance Program can provide up to $10,000 in assistance for first‐ Ɵme homebuyers who qualify based on HUD Income Limits per household size. The amount of assistance will be dependent on the sales price and loan amount from the lender. Through this program, a financial subsidy is available in the form of closing costs and down payment assistance for DeSoto residents who purchase homes in the DeSoto city limits. For more informaƟon contact DownPaymentAssistance@desot or refer to the Down Payment Assistance Program webpage under the COMMUNITY

The Dallas County Commissioners’ Court recently approved a 2‐year, $1.89 million grant for the City of DeSoto as a part of the County’s New DirecƟons in Public Safety Grant program. This program was iniƟated in July 2020 following the tragic events involving the death of George Floyd and the need for policing reforms. Following a working group including community leaders and leaders from Dallas County ciƟes, Dallas County offered a grant with the purpose of expanding the range of first‐responders to public safety issues beyond law enforcement. The City of DeSoto stepped forward at that same Ɵme creaƟng the Crisis Assessment Resource Engagement (CARE) Team as an interdisciplinary approach to address mental health emergencies. The CARE Team includes a full‐Ɵme clinical social worker, police officer, paramedic, and

vicƟm’s assistance coordinator and makes follow‐up contact with mentally ill members of the community who have recently gone into crisis. This pilot program is being studied and reviewed to offer mental health crisis services on a regional level with the ciƟes of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Lancaster, and Glenn Heights. The first year of funding provides for the hiring of a full‐Ɵme CARE Team Manager to lead the development of a regional mental health services framework. The second‐year funding follows through with support for posiƟons necessary to fulfill the creaƟon of that regional team. The DeSoto City Council recently approved an Interlocal Agreement that will be effecƟve May 1 and will support the hiring of a regional program manager who will work to expand the program to neighboring communiƟes.


DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright, Police Chief Joe Costa, and Lieutenant Melissa Franks aƩended the March 30th Dallas County Commissioner’s Court meeƟng to accept the grant on behalf of the City of DeSoto.

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to our annual disposal event scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9 am to 12 noon at the DeSoto Pump Station, 620 N. Westmoreland Road. This event is for DeSoto residents only, proof of residency is required. Only residential household hazardous waste will be accepted, commercial waste or

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electronics are not allowed. Due to limited space, those who would like to participate must register prior to the event by calling 972.230.9600 or in person at the Action Center in DeSoto City Hall.


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