Dear Precinct 2 Community, 

During last week’s Commissioner's Court meeting the Court approved the addition of a site for COVID-19 testing in or around the 76010 zip code area in southeast Tarrant County. The County Administrator will begin negotiations with Catalyst Health Network for testing services at this site. This effort has been a priority of Commissioner Allen’s and in direct response to the expressed needs of our community.
 
Our COVID-19 data has shown that the 76010 zip code has been greatly affected by COVID-19 and needs a permanent testing site to address the health concerns of our community. A location in this area will enable more residents in east and southeast Arlington and western Grand Prairie to have greater access to testing.
 
Thank you to all of those who have reach out to our offices to express your concerns for this area and made us aware of your needs. We are listening!
 
Our Court also recently approved two new Tarrant County CARES Act assistance programs: a Small Business Assistance Grant Program aimed at helping small businesses located in Tarrant County that were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and a Rental Assistance Program for individuals residing in Tarrant County who experienced income loss as a result of COVID-19. Stay tuned for more information and we will be sure to update you once these two programs have launched.
 
Due to Fort Worth’s population, they received direct CARES Act funding from the federal government for businesses located in and residents living in Fort Worth and interest in those programs must be directed to the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department. Call them at: 817-392-7540.
 
Continue reading for information on the City of Arlington and Town of Pantego's relief programs.
ARLINGTON CARES

The City of Arlington has received federal and state funding for programs designed to assist Arlington tenants and prevent evictions. The Arlington CARES program is being administered by the Arlington Housing Authority. Applications are being accepted now online. Individuals applying for assistance must:
  • Be an individual/household who is experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19
  • Be a legal resident of the USA
  • Be a resident of Arlington
  • Submit supporting documents as required 

The application can be downloaded here: Arlington CARES Application

Submit your application with all applicable documentation via email to homelessassistance@arlingtonhousing.us or fax 817-962-1260. You may also use the secure drop box in the lobby of the Arlington Housing Authority located at 501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 20, Arlington TX 76011.
 PANTEGO SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY PROGRAM

The Town of Pantego and the Pantego Economic Development Corporation have announced the PEDC Small Business Recovery Program. Applications are being accepted now!

The purpose of the Program is to provide limited financial assistance to those small businesses within the Town of Pantego who have been directly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency disaster declarations implemented by the Governor of Texas, Tarrant County Judge, and Mayor of Pantego.

The Program will provide $150,000 in forgivable loans ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, for businesses who can demonstrate direct negative impacts on their business related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applications will be accepted beginning May 11, 2020 and will continue for 60 days, through July 10, 2020.


Email the signed and completed application to info@townofpantego.com
SNAP BENEFITS

The Governor has announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $177 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at  YourTexasBenefits.com or use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits.
PHASE III TO OPEN TEXAS

Governor Abbott continues laying out guidelines for more businesses to reopen and expand services.

Effective Wednesday, June 3, 2020
  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions. 
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity. 
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.  

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020
  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%. 
  • Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective Friday, June 19, 2020
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

View the Executive Order here: Executive Order GA 26
Stay Safe,
Devan
Visit the Centers for Disease Control's website for instructions on
For updates on COVID-19 follow Tarrant County Public Health
 @tcphtweets  on Twitter
 
For information on COVID-19: 
Call the Coronavirus Hotline at 817-248-6299