Dallas To Offer Rental, Mortgage, Small Business Help Starting Monday

Alan Scaia
May 04, 2020 - 6:53 am
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Photo: Steven Pickering, 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The City of Dallas will start taking applications from small businesses and residents struggling to pay bills because of COVID-19 Monday. Federal grants will pay for the program, and the city will take applications for a week, though May 11.

Grants are available for people who can show proof they lost their job or had their hours reduced because of COVID-19. Applicants may also be eligible for a grant if they can prove increased healthcare or childcare expenses.

People can apply for up to $1,500 a month for three to 24 months.

"This is unprecedented, uncharted territory," says Eric Anthony Johnson, the head of Economic Development and Neighborhood Services for the City of Dallas. "There are other cities starting to look at this, all with this idea of how can we provide some temporary stabilization while we can start to build back up?"

The application will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday at dallascityhall.com. People without internet access can also call (469) 749-6500 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The application will be available through May 11, but the city says grants will be first come-first served. Dallas has a total of $13.7 million in federal grants and CARES Act funding.

"That's the fear is that it's not going to everybody who really needs the help to get through this," says Sandy Rollins, the executive director of the Texas Tenants Union.

Dallas says 90 city employees will serve as case workers. ​The city says applications will take about four weeks to process.

In addition to housing assistance, the City of Dallas will also begin taking applications for small business assistance Monday. Businesses with less than $1.5 million in annual revenue will be able to apply for assistance if they can show a 25 percent drop in sales caused by COVID-19.

Businesses will be chosen through a lottery process and can apply for $10,000 grants or up to $50,000 in low interest loans. Those businesses must have been open for at least six months prior to March 16.