These weekly updates will provide the latest news and information on what our community, the state, and the federal government are doing as we face an unprecedented pandemic.
Dallas County Emergency Business Assistance Program
Dallas County has announced the creation of its Emergency Small Business Assistance Program (EBAP). EBAP is funded with an allocation of $5 million in federal CARES Act dollars and is designed to rapidly provide financial assistance to small businesses located in Dallas County that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and that have been unable to obtain financial assistance to meet all of their business needs.
Small businesses may be eligible to obtain a forgivable loan worth up to $15,000. Small businesses that are interested in applying for financial assistance through EBAP should visit the NDC EBAP website. Businesses that need assistance navigating the website may leave a voicemail message at (214) 845-7673 and they will receive a return phone call within one business day. Not all eligible businesses will be invited to submit a full loan application. Dallas County will begin accepting pre-applications for its Emergency Business Assistance Program (EBAP) on June 15, 2020.
Dallas County Free Protester Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing
Protesters who participated in protests across Dallas and North Texas suburbs to rally against police brutality and racism qualify for a federally subsidized coronavirus test. Any person regardless of age, job or symptoms may be tested. A person who wants to be tested must have a photo ID; testing sites will not be sharing results with police or other law enforcement agencies. The tests are being conducted by the Parkland Hospital system.
Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Testing Map
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has released an interactive map to help Texans find COVID-19 testing sites. The map can be accessed here.
Dallas Public Library Curbside Pickup
Dallas Public Library has launched “Curbside Pickup” in 16 library locations. Readers will be able to check out materials through the new Library To Go service, Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Customers can request books, DVDs, CDs and hotspots through the library website or by phone. Once customers receive notification that their items are ready, they can call the designated location to schedule an appointment for pickup. Book return bins are open at the Library To Go locations only. Returned items will sit in quarantine for at least four days before they are checked in by staff. More information and a list of participating locations can be found here.
North Texas Behavioral Health Authority COVID-19 Rent Assistance
The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority is providing relief for Dallas County families and households at risk of facing eviction due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals will be asked to complete an application to properly identify the amount of subsidy needed. Applications are being processed on a first come first serve basis, and additional information will be requested in order to complete the process if the application is approved. More information can be found here.