In conjunction with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program. This program offers short-term assistance with rent, and utility payments (water, sewer, trash, and gas) for 3 months with an opportunity to renew for additional assistance until December 31, 2020. In order to qualify, your household must have been impacted by reduced income or cost increase due to COVID-19 and the household income must be at 80% or below the Area Median Family Income. For more information or to request the application, please email us at COVID19TBRA.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-774-6506, Ext. 106.
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MRGDC holds 50th Annual Board of Directors and Council Meeting
The Middle Rio Grande Development Council held its 50th Annual Board of Directors and Council Meeting on Wednesday August 26th at the Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions Building in Carrizo Springs, Dimmit County. The annual board of directors and council meeting is held each year to review the current status of all programs administered during the fiscal year.
This is the first time that an Annual Board Meeting was held “virtually” using Starleaf Remote Software that provided the connection links for board members to join the meeting through their computers or conference call.
The Middle Rio Grande Board of Directors is composed of the nine counties within the region consisting of Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala Counties. Members of the Board include:
Luis Sifuentes, Mayor of Eagle Pass, Judge Joe Luna-Zavala County Judge, Judge Joel Rodriguez, Jr.-La Salle County Judge, MRGDC Board Chairman Henry Garcia, Judge William R. Mitchell-Uvalde County Judge, Judge Bella A. Rubio-Real County Judge, Judge David Saucedo-Maverick County Judge, Joe A. Cardenas-City of Uvalde, Rodrigo Jaime, MRGDC Board Member of Dimmit County, Mayor Frank Moreno-City of Crystal City, Derek Sandoval, SWTJC, Otila Gonzalez- MRGDC Board Member, Mayor Andres Rodriguez-City of Brackettville, Mayor Pro-Tem-Hazel Pendley, City of Leakey, Mike Acosta-MRGDC Board Member of Zavala County, Ronnie Guest-City of Carrizo Springs, Guillermo Mancha, MRGDC Board Member Brackettville ISD, Judge Lewis Owens-Val Verde County Judge, Dr. Robert Munoz, Sul Ross Rio Grande College President, Sylvano Sanchez, MRGDC Board Member-La Salle County, Judge Tully Shahan, Kinney County Judge, Mayor Bruno Lozano-City of Del Rio, Jesus Sanchez, MRGDC Board Member County of Maverick, Judge Frank Ponce-Dimmit County Judge and Rodolfo Villapando, MRGDC Member Eagle Pass.
Henry Garcia, Board President was recognized for his two (2) year tenure with a plague presented by Board Member Dimmit County Judge Frank Ponce. Garcia stated that it was an honor serving as President of the Board and will continue serving on the board as Past Elected President. Named as the New Middle Rio Grande Chairman was Maverick County Judge David Saucedo who has served on the board of directors since his first election as Maverick County Judge.
The new Board members nominated to serve the 2020-2021 term are:
President –Maverick County Judge David Saucedo
1st. Vice President – Dimmit County Judge Francisco G. Ponce
2nd Vice-President- Zavala County Judge Joe Luna
3rd Vice President -Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano
Secretary/Treasurer- Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell
Immediate Past President Kinney County –Mr. Henry Garcia
Middle Rio Grande Development Council appoints New Interims for Workforce Solutions Division
The 50th Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held on August 26, 2020 at the Carrizo Springs Work Force Center. During the meeting Board President Henry Garcia announced that Elizabeth “Betty” Sifuentes was selected to serve as the Interim Workforce Solutions Systems Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board Executive Director. Mrs. Sifuentes has been employed with the Middle Rio Grande Development Council in various capacities including administration, business management, finance and budgets, grant management, public relations, and other capacities since 1990, she retired in 2014 and returned to work in 2019 to fill the vacant position once again as the Work Force Solutions Program Director. Mrs. Sifuentes will be filling for Rick Zamarippa who resigned his position earlier this month.
Maria “Curra” Peña was also named Interim Workforce Center Manager for the Del Rio Branch. Mrs.Peña has been employed with Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions since 2005 serving in various capacities. Mrs. Peña will fill in for Ofelia Reyes who retired.
Karina Salas was also named as the Interim Director of the Workforce Solutions Systems Middle Rio Grande, that will oversee the workforce centers within the nine county region. Mrs. Salas has been employed with Middle Rio Grande Development Council since 1993 serving in various job capacities that will provide the experience needed for the position. She will be filling in for Elizabeth “Betty” Sifuentes during this transition period.