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FEMA PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR COVID‐19 RELATED FUNERAL EXPENSES Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental AppropriaƟons Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID‐19 related funeral expenses retroacƟve to January 2020. To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these condiƟons:  The death must have occurred in the United States (including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia).  The death cerƟficate must indicate the death was aƩributed to COVID‐ 19.  The applicant must be a U.S. CiƟzen, non‐ciƟzen naƟonal, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses aŌer January 20, 2020.  There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. ciƟzen, non‐ciƟzen naƟonal, or qualified alien. FEMA will begin accepƟng applicaƟons in April. You will need:  An official death cerƟficate that shows: ٭The death is directly or indirectly aƩributed to COVID_19 ٭ The death occurred in the United States (including the U.S. territories)  Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes: ٭ The applicant’s name

CULTURAL ARTS MASTER PLAN ACCEPTED BY COUNCIL DeSoto’s Cultural Arts Master Plan, “Imagine. DeSoto Tx,” which is an important part of the City of DeSoto’s Strategic Plan and the Council’s Business Plan, was unanimously accepted by the DeSoto City Council at its January 5, 2021 meeƟng. This plan is the product of DeSoto Arts Commission members who worked independently with MJR Consultants to research local arts agencies, gather ciƟzen input, and refine the data gathered for use in the plan. “Thank you to the Arts Commission, Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Raphiel who is their City Council’s liaison, and to the City Council for all working together to give us ‘Imagine. DeSoto Tx,’ DeSoto’s first‐ever Cultural Arts Master Plan which idenƟfies our cultural resources and provides ways to use them to enrich the lives of all of our residents,” said DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor. “Review, approval, and implementaƟon of our new Cultural Arts Master Plan are important goals of our City Council’s Business Plan and we have also included this insighƞul plan in DeSoto’s broader Strategic Plan, so we are well on the way to making its many valuable recommendaƟons a reality here in DeSoto.” DeSoto Arts Commission Chair James Adams welcomed this strong support for the arts in DeSoto and commented, “Recent Ɵmes have shown us that now more than ever, that arts and culture are vital to the quality of life. As public leaders in the DeSoto community, it is our responsibility to ensure access to creaƟve, arƟsƟc, and cultural experiences of high quality to ALL our ciƟzens.” If you would like to read DeSoto’s Cultural Arts Master Plan visit: hƩps:// Community‐Cultural‐Arts‐Master‐ Plan

٭ The deceased person’s name ٭ Amount of funeral expenses ٭ The dates the funeral expenses were incurred

FEMA IS Working to set up a dedicated toll‐free number that can be used to apply for funeral assistance. In the interim, our Library staff are trained to help DeSoto residents access this resource and provide technical assistance with filling out the applicaƟon. Residents interested in applying should call the Library Reference Desk at 972.230.9661 to begin the process.

HIGH WEEDS AND GRASS City Ordinances require that weeds and grass be kept below 12 inches in height. As the owner or

occupant of the property, you are required to maintain the property from the street in the front to the middle of the alley in the back (or

the property line). This includes the front, back, side yards, the right‐of‐ way (the area between the sidewalk and the curb) and the alley and easement. If you have quesƟons or would like to report a code violaƟon, please call the Code Enforcement office at 469.658.3075.


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