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Around the State


Special to The Dallas Examiner


Deadline Extended: Targeted Rehab Program Application

The city of Dallas has extended the application deadline for the Targeted Rehab Program to Jan. 29 by 5 p.m. The program focuses on the Tenth Street Historic District in District 4 and the West Dallas area in District 6.

TRP is intended to preserve and improve homes that meet specific criteria, including being occupied by the current homeowner at or below 80% of the Area Family Median Income, current on mortgage payments, property tax payments and current on any payments on property liens.

“One of our goals with this program is to diversify the way people may apply for these programs by meeting them where they are,” said Thor Erickson, Area Redevelopment Manager. “We’re providing multiple application options featuring hard copy applications for pick up and drop off as well as downloadable applications.”

City officials will screen completed applications based on repairs needed. A lottery system will be used to select applications.

Potential applicants are encouraged to download an application and learn more at and click on Targeted Rehabilitation Program.


NCTCOG Requests input on changes to Transportation Improvement Program

The North Central Texas Council of Governments began conducting an online input opportunity Monday, to give residents the chance to comment on changes to the Transportation Improvement Program and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

Staff will provide the public with changes made to the 2021-2024 TIP and STIP. North Texans are encouraged to provide their input at through Feb. 9. The TIP is a staged, multi-year list of projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area approved for funding by federal, state and local sources.

The changes were requested by the Texas Department of Transportation in order to remain within statewide financial constraints prior to the submission of the 2021-2024 TIP/STIP to the Federal Highway Administration. Requested changes not requiring Regional Transportation Council approval are also included for informational purposes.

Details on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and vehicle incentive opportunities will also be highlighted during the public input opportunity. To request printed copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email


Virtual Mental Health Task Force offers online conference

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Virtual Mental Health Task Force of Williamson County will offer a free virtual mental health conference “How to Be Resilient in the Face of Change” for mental health professionals and community members Friday and Sunday.

The Friday conference presentations will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for mental health professionals. This session will offer four free continuing education units and cover the following topics:

  • Moral injury and compassion fatigue.
  • Healthy stress and coping mechanisms/emotional eating.
  • Mental illness.
  • Suicide prevention.
  • Asking the hard questions.
  • Isolation and substance abuse.

The Jan. 17 session will be from 2-7 p.m. and is open to anyone interested. Participants can choose from topics including:

  • Suicide prevention and mental illness for youth and adults.
  • Utilizing Aunt Bertha.
  • Isolation and substance abuse.

Yoga, healthy food demonstrations and door prizes will be offered during breaks, between sessions.

“While the Jan. 15 conference session is primarily for the benefit of mental health professionals, the Jan. 17 session also provides information, insights and some practical approaches through which members of the general public can better understand  and adjust to mental health issues,” said Andrea Haubner, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for Williamson County.

Task force partners include Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Rock Springs Behavioral Health, Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, National Alliance on Mental Health Central Texas, Healthy Williamson County and Williamson County Juvenile Services.

Attendees for either day should register on the AgriLife Extension for Williamson County website at more information, contact Haubner at or the AgriLife Extension office for Williamson County at 512-943-3300.




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