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  Durham County Recycles Mobile App - The DCo General Services Department announced the launch of its new mobile application that makes it easier for County residents to stay connected about waste and recycling collection programs.

Residents can download the FREE app on their Apple or Android devices. If you do not have a smartphone, you can also visit www.dconc.gov/recycling and search your home address to sign up for reminders and download/print your collection schedule.

  Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt on Display at Durham County Human Services Building - Beginning November 4th - 30th, Sidney Brodie a native of Durham will be displaying his work at the Durham County Human Services Building located at 414 E. Main Street. Each square on the quilt was designed to memorialize the many lives loss due to violence.

The display is FREE to view and open to the public.

  Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period - The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov serves people who do not get coverage from their job and offers financial assistance for families with incomes from 100% to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. Most who buy coverage on the federal Marketplace pay $50 to $100 per month.

Open enrollment begins November 1 - December 15. To sign up please visit www.healthcare.gov or contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. 

  ENGAGEDurham: Listening and Learning Workshops - The City and County are beginning work on a new Comprehensive Plan - the community's vision for shaping Durham's future growth, and a new Transit Plan. We invite you to join us at the Listening and Learning Workshop listed below to be part of this process.

     • Tuesday, November 19th from 7 - 9 pm - Rogers-Herr Middle School

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at: www.engagedurham.com/youre-invited or engagedurham.com/queda-usted-invitado.

  Medicaid Transformation Information - Durham County DSS has three Enrollment Specialists onsite who can assist with enrolling Medicaid Beneficiaries into a health plan. Specialists are available at the Human Services Complex located at 414 E. Main Street every Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. until December 13, 2019.

Please contact Krystal Harris at kmharris@dconc.gov for additional information.

   Durham County Office of the Sheriff Hosts NC Bike Safe - The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with BikeSafe-NC and invites motorcyclists to participate in Rider Skills Days. To see this year’s schedule and register, please visit http://www.bikesafenc.com/agency_bio.lasso?ids=161C952427&-session=bikesafe:A8D7886F0773719158jy2F225F20.

  Open Enrollment Extended for Medicaid Beneficiaries - The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will extend open enrollment for Medicaid beneficiaries and move to a statewide transition to managed care on February 1, 2020.

For more details about this extension, visit www.ncdhhc.gov/news.

●  2019 Home Repair and Rehabilitation Programs for Durham County - Triangle J Council of Government is accepting applications for the 2019 Home Repair and Rehabilitation Program for Durham County homes (this excludes homes within the City of Durham).

To qualify, one person in the household must be 62 years of age or older; a Veteran; a recipient of Social Security or Disability benefits; or a child under the age of 6 exposed to lead-based paint. You must also meet a gross household income of at or below 80% of the median county income limits. Interested homeowners must apply by December 31, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Erika Brown, Housing Planner with TJCOG at ebrown@tjcog.org.

●  SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in North Carolina Affected by Gas Leak Explosion - Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to North Carolina small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the gas leak explosion on April 10, 2019.

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on theses loan are 4% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is Jan. 30, 2020.

●  Get Involved, it’s your County! Durham County Government has approximately 43 active advisory boards referred to as Boards and Commissions. Citizens of Durham County may volunteer to participate by applying for a vacancy. Interested citizens should fill out an application and send it to the Clerk to the Board’s Office. A description of the boards as well as a list of vacancies can be found on the County’s website at www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioner s/boards-and-commissions. If you need additional information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 919-560-0025 or send an email to: BoardsandCommissions@dconc.gov.   

● We invite you to tune in to the Durham Television Network (DTN) on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, and Frontier Communications channel 70 to see rebroadcasts of Durham County Commissioner meetings as well as other Durham County programming that may be of interest to you. Please contact the Public Information Office at 919-560-0008 or click here for more information.

● Alert Durham - Sign Up Today - Durham County wants to keep its citizens informed and safe in the case of an emergency. Sign up for Alert Durham to receive notifications about severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. To sign up for Alert Durham, visit AlertDurham.com.