We are a pretty active church. Whether protesting, demonstrating, or doing the work in our individual lives, we are ALL about advocating and being the best ally we can be.
When we are planning to go somewhere as a group, we will send a text to our Advocacy group (text the word UPDATES to the number 214-441-6647 to join), as well as share on this page.
GO OUT TO LISTEN, SEE AND SPEAK, CHURCH!
BUT PLEASE REMEMBER TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH (COVID-19 HAS NOT DISAPPEARED).
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHERE YOU CAN; WEAR A MASK WHEN YOU CAN; BE AS SAFE AS YOU CAN.
WE LOVE YOU.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.
Standing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for single-family and multi-family affordable housing development activities serving households earning up to 120% of the area median income.
The standing NOFA is open to receive applications and award funding year round to better accommodate your development schedule and financing needs. Included in the NOFA suite are supporting documents and tools intended to help you complete your proposal considering all requirements needed for staff evaluations.
HousingNOFA@dallascityhall.com is the established email box where staff are available to answer questions and discuss development ideas prior to proposal submission.
WRITE THESE FAMILIES and offer encouragement
HOW LONG: 100 days
C/o Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
1111 N. Main Ave
San Antonio TX 78212
CONTENT: See below
53 families detained in Dilley have been there for over 100 days, 35 of those have been there for over 300. They have waited out 3-10 months of depression, medical neglect, reheated food, nonexistent education, and the anxiety of an uncertain future, all just hoping for the chance to be safe in the United States. They have had to sue for their rights to a fair asylum process. They have watched their friends sue over other unfair parts of the asylum process; and even after those friends won their lawsuits, these 53 families have not been able to benefit from those decisions.
They are now watching guards come in to work after a weekend at the bars in one of the states hardest-hit by COVID-19, and then leave their masks off and hug the detained children. They have seen judge after judge decide they can't force ICE to release them. They are now preparing themselves to be asked if they want to send their children alone to sponsors, or keep them detained in a congregate setting where their growth has stunted, development has been repressed, and behavior has regressed-- and where coronavirus is slowly but surely spreading among the staff.
These 53 families have no idea what future is in store for them. They have loved to see themselves, their friends, and their advocates fighting for them in the news or protesting for their rights in Dilley. They would love to hear from people all over the country who are supporting them and rooting for them. That's why we're renewing our call for letters of encouragement for our detained families.
The vast majority of our families speak Spanish; we have one family each who speak Haitian Creole and Portuguese. If you're multilingual, please apportion your cards accordingly. Subject of the letters may include:
Children are also welcome to send drawings. Unfortunately, due to STFRC rules, we cannot pass out any food or gifts of any kind, even stickers.