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Eviction Moratorium close to expiration: What to do now?

In late August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put in place a moratorium to help keep renters in their homes by not allowing landlords to evict people who are covered under the moratorium.

Citizens protected under the eviction freeze must be behind of their rent despite actively applying for other government housing programs in the area. Another requirement is being unable to pay full rent or make a full housing payment due to a major loss of income, layoffs, fewer work hours, or medical expenses that will most likely amount to more than 7.5 percent of the person’s adjusted gross income. Household income in 2020 may be as high as $99,000 or $198,000 for tax returns filed jointly.

If accepted, they will be given a certificate to present to the landlord.

Unfortunately, this moratorium is scheduled to end on December 31, 2020, leaving those sheltered under this program worried about where they will live. The CDC can extend or shorten the date on which the moratorium will expire.

However, there are some City and County resources that are available now and will continue to accept new clients after the moratorium expires.

The City of Irving Rental, Mortgage, and Homelessness Assistance is provided under the umbrella of the Community and Development Department. In order to apply, the applicant and his or her family must live in the City of Irving and be able to provide proof of residence, information about family members living at the residence, proof of income and a valid form of identification, such as a Texas driver’s license, passport or birth certificate that proves that the head of household is a U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident.

In addition, the applicant must provide birth certificates for all minor children and documentation of hardship due to COVID-19. For assistance with rent, a copy of the current lease or a late or eviction notice must be submitted. For mortgage assistance, a copy of the most recent mortgage statement is required.

If the applicant is homeless, the Homelessness Assistance Form available on the City website must be filled out.

For more information on any of these programs, visit

However, this program is not full of sunshine and roses according to Pat O’Reilly, Board President of Many Helping Hands in Irving, who also works on the Homelessness Task Force.

“Me, Shelia Slade [from Many Helping Hands], and Steve [Allen, Pastor of Christ Church in Irving] and about 15 other people are on the Homelessness Task Force. We met last night, and Steve, who is in contact with Austin Street, said there’s just no way to prepare for the evictions that are happening, if they do go through.

“I just got an email from a friend of mine who is a writer for the Dallas Morning News and he just sent me a letter from the City of Dallas saying that they’re now going to allow “tent cities.” To me, that’s the least somebody needs to do.

“The letter spells out that they’re going to provide bathrooms and hand washing facilities. We provide portable showers in Irving every Tuesday, and that will continue. But we’re talking about [potentially] thousands of people.

“According to City Council, we have 45 people that are homeless on the streets. We know there are more than 150 people living on the streets. According to [the meeting] last night, we’re actually looking at number jumping up to 400 – 500 people.

“The City has continued to turn their back on the homeless community, basically saying that Irving doesn’t have homeless, so we don’t care. I attended a City Council meeting where one member said, ‘If we provide more services, then we will have more [homeless] people.’ Our comeback was, ‘They’re already here.’

“The City of Denton is light years ahead of us. When COVID hit, they provided hand washing stations wherever the homeless were. So, we went and petitioned for Irving to do that and we fought for it and finally got one. It was up for about two months and then somebody stole it, and the City declared they weren’t going to do anything else.

“The City gets all kinds of federal funds to help the homeless. If they don’t use those funds, that money can go to Parks and Recreation. So, they improve a park in South Irving and tell the government that they’re helping the poor.

“We need five councilmen to be pro-homeless, and right now, we have four.”

If the Moratorium does expire on December 31, three to four times the number of the current homeless population is expected to influx each local city.

The Task Force is looking toward corporations with a heart for the homeless to sponsor/donate to the cause, as donations is what they need to “keep the doors open.”

Corporations that may be interested in supporting the Homeless Task Force can email Steve Allen at or call 682-583-3302; Dennis Webb at or 972-849-9421; or Ruby Sevcik (Executive Director at Crisis Ministries) at or 972-891-8783.

Thank you in advance for having a heart for the homeless. They are still human beings, and we all know how COVID has affected jobs, income and health, both for tenants AND landlords.

Dallas Public Library hosts prom dress giveaway for students in need

By Teresa Gubbins


Photo courtesy of NBC 5

What to wear to the prom looms as one of the key decisions of one’s high school career — made even more difficult when you can’t afford the duds.

But Dallas high school students in need get a break thanks to the Fairy Tale Closet, a charitable initiative taking place at the Dallas Central Library on March 9-10.

Hundreds of gowns in various sizes and styles will be available as well as shoes, accessories, and a few suits and jackets for those who eschew the traditional gown.

This year’s giveaway also includes an LGBTQ+ centric event.

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Pearland Outdoor Recreation

If you’re nuts about nature like we are and interested in discovering new ways to play with opportunities to improve your skill level and explore outdoor pursuits that are available just beyond your front door, join us during one of our interpretive activities at a City of Pearland facility near you.

Our parks and recreation department has teamed up with Texas Parks & Wildlife to conduct a series of nature based activities that include camping, wildlife viewing, hiking/biking, fishing, geocaching and much more.  Each activity is led by a professional nature enthusiast with years of experience in the great outdoors.  For more information or to register, please contact Kendrick Gray at or 281.412.8915.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Garden Lectures
Cost: Free
Location: RCN
Thursday, Mar. 12,  7 p.m.

Intro to Geocaching
Cost: Free
Age: 7+
Location: RCN
Thursday, Mar. 26,  6 – 7 p.m.

Concealed Handgun License Class
Cost: $79, *$10 discount for Veterans, First responders, School teachers, Active adults
Age: 19+ years
Location: RCN
Saturday, Mar. 28, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 25 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat, May 23, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pearland Archery Club – Outdoor JOAD Series
Cost: $49 resident/$69 non-resident
Age: 8-18 years
Location: Veteran Sports Complex
Thursday, Apr. 16 – May 14, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 16 – May 14, 7:20 – 8:35 p.m.

Pearland Parks & Rec Youth Development

Youth Development offers a variety of programs for youth and teens. Classes for adults include education, health and fitness and special interest. Staple programs such as summer camps and Adventure Days are also offered by the division.

Adventure Days

When school’s out, look to us for your child’s day camp needs. Adventure Days are camps offered during school breaks, including Thanksgiving week and Spring Break. Participants must be between the ages 6-12. Camps are comprised of activities such as crafts, games, contests, swimming at the natatorium, exercise, academic enrichment and a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. Regular camp hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended care offered from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for an additional fee. Children may be registered daily or weekly for a discounted rate.

Adventure Days Information Form

Summer Camps

Let your kids experience the active, carefree, safe and supportive summer experience every child desires. Pearland Parks & Recreation offers two summer camps for youth: Camp K.I.A. (Kids In Action) for ages 6-10 years and Camp Mahalo for ages 11-14. Both camps are supervised by degreed professionals and feature a low staff to camper ratio. Each camper should bring a sack lunch and water bottle each day to camp. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Each camp session will include at least one field trip typically held on Thursdays.

Camp registration begins February 9, 2015

Camp K.I.A

Camp K.I.A offers a safe and supportive environment where campers feel comfortable trying new activities and building new skills. Daily schedules include a full range of activities such as archery, cooking, nature exploration and crafts.

2015 Camp KIA Information
Camp KIA Registration Form
Parent Handbook

2015 Citizen Survey Results

Source: The City of Pearland

 In 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 the City of Pearland worked with outside vendors to conduct the Citizen Survey. The statistically- valid survey provides an opportunity to connect with community members and gain a better understanding with qualified data of opinions on City services and the perceptions of quality of life. The results are used by Pearland leaders to identify challenges and to plan for and evaluate improvements and to sustain services and amenities for long-term success.

Why use a scientific sample and not survey the entire population?

Just like well-grounded opinion polling in business or public policy, if you get a representative sample to respond for a large group, you can make solid, well-founded decisions based on the representative sample.  Just like when you’re doing your sampling of water quality and such, take a dip and you can assume that’s true for the whole pool. The representative sample gets people that would not normally come to a City Council meeting or even vote, but live in Pearland.  In addition to the scientific sample, the City will make available an online open survey to provide others with a chance to provide feedback as well. Additionally, we’ll be building regular opportunities more and more into publications for quick feedback cards, so the representative sample scientific survey is one of several pieces, but one that we should put a good amount of weight towards.2015 Survey

Final Mailing Sample Map 2015 Citizen Survey Questions

2015 Survey Results

2013 Survey Results

Pearland residents are generally as satisfied as they were two years ago with life in Pearland. More than 90 percent of residents feel the quality of life in their neighborhood and in Pearland overall is good or excellent and residents continue to feel the convenient location is the best thing about Pearland. The random survey of 400 residents was conducted via home telephone last fall. Results of the survey provide valuable feedback in improving the quality of City services. Most services offered by Pearland received high ratings with recreation and water service showing a significant increase in service satisfaction.

Summary Report    Complete Report

2011 Survey Results

In the 2011, Pearland households were asked to rate several community characteristics and City services through a survey conducted by the Creative Consumer Research. Following are the results:

Pearland, Alvin to Co-Host Disability Resource Fair April 18

Do you have a child with autism or another developmental disability?

The third annual Bridging the Gap Between Home and School Resource Fair will be Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Manvel High School (19601 Highway 6).

This free event is presented by Pearland and Alvin independent school districts and the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.

Sessions will address issues from childhood through young adulthood — from behavioral support, self-help, safety, assistive technology and communication skills to community services, successful school relationships, parenting/family dynamics and fostering self-advocacy/independence.

The event is open to family members and professionals. Breakfast, childcare and refreshments will be provided.

To register for this free event and reserve childcare space, please visit

For more information, contact Mary Kate Puna, Pearland ISD lead speech-language pathologist, at 281-485-3203.

Life Skills House Seeks Sponsors


Download the Sponsor Packet HERE.

Sebesta Encourages Water Advocacy at Pearland Chamber luncheon

Judge Matt Sebesta

Judge Matt Sebesta

Water and the Lower Brazos River Coalition (LBRC) was the hot topic at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon on Thursday (March 12), held at Golfcrest Country Club.

The speaker was County Judge Matt Sebesta, who, along with Ivan Langford with the Gulf Coast Water Authority, Gene Fisseler with NRG Energy and Gary Basinger with The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County, is a member of the LBRC Executive Committee.

According to the website, the Lower Brazos River Coalition, “Is a grassroots partnership of concerned individuals, organizations, municipalities, ranchers and farmers, environmentalists and conservationists, businesses and industries, seeking fair and effective Brazos River water supply management.

“The Lower Brazos River Coalition seeks to ensure that the river’s limited resources are developed and managed for the benefit of all. This includes local communities, industries, agricultural needs, energy concerns, sportsmen, wildlife habitat and critical environmental flows. The Coalition serves to provide a collective voice for downstream interests as competition for water increases.”

The LBRC became necessary after over six years of drought conditions and rapid population growth in the area made it clear that the lower Brazos River Basin needs a louder voice in Austin.

“We must harmonize our voices if we are to be heard in Austin,” said Sebesta. “Our aim is to explain to lawmakers and regulators why it’s essential to keep water flowing in the Brazos River, especially if legislative efforts are made to stop the flows.”

The Brazos is 840 miles long, making it the longest river inside of Texas. It supplies water to over 44,000 square miles of land, including Brazoria, Ft. Bend and Galveston Counties.

There are also more than 1,100 straws (water rights holders) along the river, and with the drought and population issues, there is much contention among them when it comes to who gets how much water.

According to Sebesta, water demands are expected to triple over the next 50 years, and the LBRC will be a large voice to lawmakers in Austin.

The Brazos River Authority (BRA) manages the river at the state government level.

In February, Government and Customer Management Director Matt Phillips voiced the BRA’s support of the Coalition.

“The lower basin needs a voice against upper basin recreational interests,” he said, referring to the lakes that are primarily used for sports and recreation instead of a water source.

Phillips stated that all recreational use dock permits in lakes such as Lake Granbury, Possum Kingdom, Lake Limestone and Allen’s Creek state that water supply reserves may drop anywhere from 18 to 33 feet during times of drought. This happens because the water is needed in areas below during particularly dry seasons.

However, boaters, fishermen and other recreational users of these lakes have a loud voice in Austin when they are unable to enjoy their hobbies.

“These reservoirs were built for water supply. Recreation is a non-consumptive use and it is common sense that the water will be directed toward areas that depend on it for life and commerce,” said Phillips.

The LBRC’s goals include advocating for balanced management of water and flood control based on science, engineering and law; conserving more water; developing an enforceable drought management plan; and enhancing water supplies throughout the Brazos River Basin.

Sebesta announced that an individual has been named as Watermaster for the Brazos River, and that she brings a wealth of experience with her.

The Watermaster Program is designed to ensure compliance with water rights by monitoring stream flows, reservoir levels and water use. The Watermaster is expected to start work later this year.

Sebesta encouraged Chamber members to join the Coalition. The LBRC is endorsed by The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County, the Gulf Coast Water Authority, the Brazoria County Commissioners Court (which includes support from the City of Pearland) and the Brazosport Chamber of Commerce.

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Public Meeting Re: McHard Rd. March 24


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