District 4


Council Member Carolyn King Arnold

City Council District 4


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Carolyn King Arnold was elected once again to the Dallas City Council in June 2019 to represent District 4 during a municipal run off.  She returned to the horseshoe after being reelected in the special runoff election in December 2018. She won her first election in May 2015 with 51% of the vote over seven (7) candidates. 

 

Dear City of Dallas residents,

 COVID-19

These are extraordinary times. Please know the City of Dallas is deeply concerned about the impacts to residents, businesses and their employees. We are with you.

Mayor Johnson’s disaster declaration is meant to protect life and property and preserve critical resources while a state of disaster is in effect.

In this letter, you will find a list of resources available as of today regarding finances and COVID-19 topics such as unemployment, paying rent and mortgages, student loans, utilities, food assistance, resources for business and more. This will remain a living document. Grocery stores, pharmacies, daycare centers, banks, and hardware stores will remain open. Restaurants may still operate takeout and delivery services.

Please feel free to share them with your friends, family, coworkers, community, or anyone else who could use it. If you have additional information you wish to share with your neighbors and community, please do not hesitate to contact our office at District4@dallascityhall.com.

Additionally, VisitDallas has compiled a list to feature Dallas restaurants who are still operating and offering home delivery.

We continue to provide information at the City’s dedicated website here. Dallas County also has valuable information here.

Unemployment and Workers’ Comp

  • Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) may apply for UNEMPLOYMENT insurance. Info on that here.
  • Anyone whose job has brought them into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or are required to quarantine can file for WORKERS’ COMP. File for that here.
  • If you or a friend or family member are out of work, the Texas Workforce Commission provides support services as well.

Financial Assistance

The U.S. Department of Treasury has a list of financial resources for consumers.

Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage

If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:

  • If you are a Dallas Housing Authority client, please immediately report any loss of income in order to reduce your portion of rent and inspections will be restricted to health and safety only.
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Foreclosure Prevention 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)
  • Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection or call 800-621-0508
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission has resources available. There may be vouchers to assist those in need with paying their rent. Also get government assistance with other needs, including lease application fees, information on low income housing and security deposits. Dial 1-877-541-7905 to find additional ways to get rent help.
  • Texas offers programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. Local resources, including government and non-profit assistance, can help qualified homeowners
  • Homeowners have other resources too. Also click here for a listing of Texas HUD counseling agencies that provide free foreclosure counseling.

Paying Utilities

  • If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately. Atmos, TXU and Dallas Water Utilities has suspended disconnections at this time.
  • Spectrum is offering free WiFi hot spots, unlimited data, and no disconnects or late fees.

Food Assistance and Donation

  • Here is also a list of open food pantries inclusive of hours.

Insurance Issues

The Texas Department of Insurance has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.

For Businesses

  • The City of Dallas Office of Economic Development has created a web page with information for small business.
  • A loan program has been established by the Small Business Administration, specifically for those impacted by the coronavirus.
  • There is also $1 billion in additional federal SBA loans for small businesses and nonprofits, provided under Section 7(b) of the Small Business Act (15 USC 636(b)). (Section 7(b) is on pages 762-768 of the attached document.) The House Appropriations Committee posted this summary: https://appropriations.house.gov/…/Coronavirus%20Supp%20Sum…
  • Residents can check on a state disaster Declaration status here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/Index.
    The State of Texas has not been declared yet for disaster declaration. When/if there is a declaration announced it will be listed on the website. The business can then apply.
    To apply:
    1. Go to
    www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
    2. Call 1-800-659-2955 or TTY: 1-800-877-8339
    3. E-mail:
    disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
  • The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses.
  • Facebook also has a $100 million Small Grants Program accessible here.
  • The Texas Comptroller’s Office has resources available.

Mental Health Resources

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has extensive resources available for mental health support, including those facing a mental health crisis.

Domestic Violence Survivor Resources

Student Loans Deferment

If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.

Other Resources

Protect Yourself Financially from the Coronavirus

Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Job Interrupted —A To-Do List for Tough Times

Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Financial Peace of Mind in the Age of Coronavirus

Information from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

Information from the Federal Trade Commission

 OpenTexas-Report.pdf