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Application deadline extended: Preserve the Fort initiative offers $10 million in grants to Fort Worth small businesses

Applications for Preserve the Fort grants are open now, and have been extended to 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 15.
June 5, 2020

YMCA to continue feeding kids during the summer

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth will be serving free meals to youth under the age of 18 from June 8 though mid-August. Food will be distributed on Monday and Wednesday only.
June 5, 2020

Apply for city's environmental awards program

The Fort Worth Environmental Excellence Awards honor innovation in waste reduction, recycling and water efficiency. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.
June 5, 2020

Take precautions as summer weather arrives in North Texas

It's going to get very hot with temperatures well into the 90s and a potential heat index of 100 degrees predicted by next week. Pay special attention to children, the elderly and pets.
June 5, 2020

Changes in Development Services Department allow staff to assist more customers remotely

In an effort to reduce the risk to staff and development partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff is working with internal and external stakeholders to move as many services as possible onto digital platforms.
June 5, 2020

New water bill payment site coming June 15

Fort Worth's new water bill payment site goes live on Monday, June 15. The current payment site will be taken offline at 5 p.m. Friday, June 12. Bank draft customers must take action to continue that payment method.
June 4, 2020

Water utility conducting customer satisfaction survey

The City of Fort Worth water utility is committed to meeting the needs of its customers. Customers may receive an email or a letter in the mail asking them to complete a survey.
June 4, 2020

Gov. Abbott announces phase 3 to open Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the third phase of the state's plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. All businesses will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.
June 4, 2020

Nightly curfew ends

The City Council withdrew a resolution that would have continued the curfew. As a result, the curfew ended at 5 p.m. Thursday.
June 4, 2020

How to wear cloth face coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared tips for wearing cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
June 4, 2020

Fort Worth, Lake Ray Roberts to host first Bassmaster Classic

The 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic is coming to Texas. The championship will bring more than 70,000 visitors with an expected $20 million in direct spending.
June 4, 2020

FWISD, Chamber join on 'Where the Best Begins'

A virtual summit on June 25 will offer opportunities for representatives from participating industries to share perspectives and plans for workforce development.
June 3, 2020

Join the Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge

The 2020 Fort Worth Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge is here. Through July 31, book lovers of all ages can take challenges, earn badges and track time reading.
June 3, 2020

Commemorate the abolition of slavery at one of Fort Worth's Juneteenth events

A full week of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 155th anniversary of emancipation in Texas. Keep in mind, with the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing concerns, large gatherings that have traditionally been held have been canceled.
June 3, 2020

City, school district salute Class of 2020

At 8:20 p.m. – 20:20 in military time – on May 28, the district encouraged residents across Fort Worth to show appreciation for FWISD's 4,928 graduating seniors. Fort Worth landmarks lit up in the district colors of blue and gold.
June 3, 2020

Drinking water quality reports available

Fort Worth's tap water is good and customers can see that for themselves in the recently-released annual drinking water quality report. The report, based on 2019 test results, is available in English and in Spanish.
June 3, 2020

Newly-established Office of the Police Oversight Monitor stands ready to assist residents

The city's Office of the Police Oversight Monitor is open and ready to hear from resident. The office allows community members to address police concerns.
June 2, 2020

Alliance Boulevard off-ramp to close for extended period

The off-ramp from northbound I-35W to Alliance Boulevard will be closed. The closure by North Tarrant Express will be in effect through early 2022.
June 2, 2020

Fort Worth Fire Department to dispatch for Lake Worth, Saginaw

The Fort Worth Fire Department has begun dispatching calls for the Lake Worth and Saginaw fire departments. The regional partnership is expected to enhance the safety of residents and firefighters.
June 2, 2020

Community Arts Center reopens

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center has now reopened and is accepting appointments from patrons. Make an appointment to view the galleries or visit the gift shop.
June 2, 2020

Fort Worth's population put at 909,585, ranking 13th nationwide

Fort Worth is estimated to have added 16,369 people between July of 2018 and July of 2019, an average of 45 new residents arrive every day.
June 1, 2020

Visiting a city fitness center? Here's what to know

Members must make an online reservation for a one-hour time slot. A limited number of slots will be available, and some fitness center equipment may be unavailable to ensure social distancing.
June 1, 2020

City's Development Services Department continues to expand online services amid COVID-19

Development Services has added payable fees to the Accela Citizen Access online permitting system, which allows customers to pay electronically. Before the new options were implemented, residents seeking permits would have had to visit City Hall.
June 1, 2020

CVS Health adds more COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

These sites use self-swab tests and are available to people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Results of the self-swab test will be available in about three days.
June 1, 2020

Several YMCA branches reopen June 1

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, which closed its facilities in March, continues its phased reopening. Various locations open June 1. Policies and programs have been modified to facilitate safe social distancing practices.
May 29, 2020

Select city facilities to reopen in early June

Certain city facilities will reopen in early to mid June. Sanitation supplies and protection will be in place, and some facilities have been modified to promote social distancing.
May 29, 2020

Westport Parkway northbound on-ramp to close

Beginning June 30, the on-ramp to northbound I-35W at Westport Parkway will be closed. The closure by North Tarrant Express will be in effect through October.
May 29, 2020

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, BRIT plan June 1 opening

Starting June 1, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will reopen weekdays only; starting June 13, the Garden will reopen on weekends. Both organizations are adhering to recommended health and safety guidelines.
May 29, 2020

Fort Worth Zoo reopens to the public May 29

The Fort Worth Zoo will temporarily enact a reservations system when it reopens on May 29. Reservations are required for all members and guests.
May 28, 2020

New transit option in Crowley starts June 1

Trinity Metro and the City of Crowley are partnering to provide a new on-demand transportation option to Crowley residents. ZIPZONE fares are free during June.
May 28, 2020

Read Fort Worth salutes parents after an extraordinary school year

Read Fort Worth celebrated the end of a challenging school year with Parent Appreciation Day on May 27. The daylong celebration honored parents and caregivers for their unwavering support of their children during these challenging times.
May 28, 2020

City taking steps to limit impact of egrets in south Fort Worth

Once the migratory birds start nesting, they cannot be disturbed under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Code Compliance and Park & Recreation staff continue to monitor the situation and provide information to residents.
May 28, 2020

Camp Fort Worth's start will be delayed this summer

Fort Worth community centers are planning to start Camp Fort Worth no earlier than June 29, but that date could change. Once camp opens, there will be numerous precautions in place to ensure the safety and health of participants and staff members.
May 28, 2020

Virtual hearing seeks comments on Southeast Connector project

Reconstruction and widening are proposed for I-20, I-820 and US 287, including three major interchanges in southeast Tarrant County. Construction would take place in Fort Worth, Arlington, Forest Hill and Kennedale.
May 27, 2020

New campaign promotes reopening responsibly

Restaurants, cultural attractions and businesses of any kind can promote healthy best practices with a new promotional campaign launching this week. Businesses can access a digital media toolkit with voluntary commitment.
May 27, 2020

Fort Worth salutes graduates on May 28

At 8:20 p.m., give a shoutout to the 4,900 FWISD graduating seniors. The district is asking everyone to share their celebratory comments and photos on social media – starting immediately– using the hashtag #FWISDClassof2020.
May 27, 2020

Governor announces additional services, activities that can open under Phase 2

Water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs and mall food-court dining areas can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations.
May 27, 2020

JPS, Lockheed partner to provide telehealth kiosks for vulnerable populations

Through a Lockheed Martin grant to the JPS Foundation, the health system will expand telehealth services. The donation will decrease the need for patients to travel to the main JPS campus and help patients get needed specialty care.
May 27, 2020

Fort Worth Herd announces new Herd Experience

The Fort Worth Herd has launched a new experience with an engaging overview of the history of cattle drives. The free, ticketed program will provide educational entertainment with social distancing.
May 27, 2020

Amid COVID-19, balloons bring happiness to the Alexandra Meadows neighborhood

Resident Haley Harper filled her garage with helium balloons and a driveway table became a station for making balloon animals. Character balloons were distributed to the younger kids, and older kids enjoyed learning how to craft balloon animals.
May 27, 2020

Driver license offices to reopen by appointment only with limited services

The Texas Department of Public Safety will begin reopening driver license offices by appointment only and with limited services. Additional safety measures will be in place when local offices open June 3.
May 26, 2020

Lake Worth has reopened

Fort Worth had closed Lake Worth at 5 p.m., May 26. The lake has now reopened.
May 26, 2020

Development Services' predevelopment conferences assist developers amid COVID-19 outbreak

These conferences are 30-minute informational meetings designed to help developers conduct project due diligence. The goal is to keep development on track and moving forward in Fort Worth.
May 26, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau resumes field operations in Tarrant County

Field operations were suspended in March due to COVID-19 concerns but have been restarted. Field staff have been trained to observe social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment.
May 26, 2020

Preserve the Fort initiative offers $10 million in grants to Fort Worth small businesses

Applications for Preserve the Fort grants are open now, and have been extended to 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 15.
May 26, 2020

Fort Worth ISD continues Meals to Go through June

Fort Worth ISD's Meals-To-Go program will continue offering free breakfasts and lunches to children 18 years of age and younger from June 1-30. Each Monday and Thursday, meals can be picked up at neighborhood schools.
May 26, 2020

COVID-19 shines light on inequities impacting health in the African American community, HSC expert says

African Americans represent 13% of the country's population, according to U.S. Census data, yet these communities account for more than half of all COVID-19 cases and almost 60% of related deaths so far.
May 26, 2020

Hopscotch inspires Wedgwood South neighborhood

A walk may prompt others to find creative ways to build community – all it takes is some colored chalk. Who knew a round of hopscotch could build so much community?
May 22, 2020

Celebrate Sister Cities' 35 years with international virtual activities

To celebrate Fort Worth's sister cities, tune in at noon daily for content leading up to the official anniversary on June 26. A full calendar features giveaways, cooking lessons, virtual sightseeing and more.
May 22, 2020

Family water safety program moves online

Because of COVID-19, more kids will be at risk in the water this summer; a free online program delivers critical water safety information. Launching May 26, Swim Safe at Home will introduce children ages 3-12 to critical water safety concepts on Zoom.
May 22, 2020

First round of 'New Normal' artist winners selected

The artist initiative helps Fort Worth artists get back to work and support community healing from the coronavirus crisis. Applications for the second round of funding are now open.
May 22, 2020

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Wolf announces additional support to firefighting organizations

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced changes to the FY2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these departments are seeing increased personnel costs.
May 22, 2020

CVS Health opens new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

These new sites will be available to people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Results of the self-swab test will be available in about three days.
May 22, 2020

Questions about CCPD? Chief Kraus will answer them

Submit your questions, then view the answers online ahead of the July 14 continuation election. The video will be available on the Fort Worth Police Department and the City of Fort Worth social media pages, and on Fort Worth TV.
May 22, 2020

Court on Demand is just a click away

Fort Worth's Municipal Court has launched virtual courtrooms, adding to its catalog of e-services. Court patrons can appear remotely to perform many court functions.
May 21, 2020

Boy Scouts and their handmade birdfeeders brighten the days of Fort Worth nursing home residents

Fort Worth's Boy Scouts of America Troop 50 didn't let stay-at-home orders stop them from finding a creative way to give back to the community. The Scouts assembled 50 feeders and placed them outside residents' windows.
May 21, 2020

Sales tax collections down 6.5% in March

Sales tax revenue is the second largest revenue source for the city.
May 20, 2020

Fort Worth Municipal Court ceasing operations at Southwest Court, consolidating to downtown location

The Fort Worth Municipal Court has ceased operations at the Southwest Municipal Court after nine years of joint operation at the location. All services are available at the A.D. Marshall Building downtown.
May 20, 2020

What to know about Phase 2 of Texas business reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the second phase of an ongoing plan to open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Opened services and activities under Phase 2 are subject to certain occupancy limits and health and safety protocols.
May 20, 2020

Fort Worth Fire Department adds new medical equipment during COVID-19 pandemic

Ten mechanical CPR devices and 15 AirTraq SP video laryngoscopy devices have been deployed throughout the city. The devices reduce the number of firefighters who could potentially be exposed to the virus.
May 20, 2020

JPS Health Network to restore traditional services amid COVID-19 response

JPS Health Network will make it easier for people to access traditional health care services. Nonemergency surgery, urgent care, clinics to reopen.
May 20, 2020

Four children treated for multisystem inflammatory syndrome at Cook Children's

A rare but serious health condition related to COVID-19 is now affecting children in North Texas. The patients arrived at the hospital following exposure to COVID-19.
May 20, 2020

Texas Workforce Commission phasing out emergency child care programs

The Texas Workforce Commission has begun phasing out the emergency program to subsidize child care for Texas' essential workers. As child care centers across Texas reopen, funding returns to pre-pandemic levels.
May 20, 2020

In many cases, city meetings are going virtual

The City of Fort Worth is responding to community needs by replacing in-person public board and commission meetings with a virtual format. The meetings ensure transparency and public participation at a time when traditional meeting formats are not possible.
May 19, 2020

Temporary emergency sheltering in the Fort Worth Convention Center to cease mid-June

The City of Fort Worth is ramping down the overflow emergency night shelter in the Fort Worth Convention Center and expects to have the facility cleared on June 19.
May 19, 2020

BRIT to begin managing Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The City Council voted to turn over management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas for a 20-year term. The agreement, similar to one for the Fort Worth Zoo, goes into effect this fall.
May 19, 2020

Double Up Food Bucks program at Cowtown Farmers Market enables SNAP recipients to stretch their food dollars

Local families that are eligible for SNAP benefits can stretch their food dollars even further with the new Double Up Food Bucks initiative. The program matches dollar for dollar, with no limit through this summer.
May 18, 2020

Facebook donates $150,000 to United Way COVID-19 emergency relief

Since mid-March, United Way of Tarrant County has invested more than $1 million in the community for COVID-19 relief. The Facebook funds will provide evening and weekend meals to area students and their families.
May 18, 2020

SBA releases Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application

The documents will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.
May 18, 2020

Texas Supreme Court: evictions, debt collections may resume

Evictions and debt collection proceedings can resume in Texas this week, the Texas Supreme Court has ordered. The court had temporarily put both actions on hold to protect people whose livelihood had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 18, 2020

Trinity Metro to get $55 million from CARES Act funds

The Regional Transportation Council approved the funding, which can be used for financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other uses, the money will be used for COVID-19 expenses incurred to protect passengers and employees.
May 18, 2020

Library curbside service begins May 19

Five libraries will participate, with an emphasis on safety and social distancing. The City of Fort Worth is working on a reopening plan for libraries, community centers and other buildings that are closed.
May 15, 2020

Hemphill Street project nearing completion

The new pavement marking plan will create one lane of traffic in each direction. The work is in line with the Complete Streets approach for use by all modes of transportation. These changes are expected to wrap up by the end of May.
May 15, 2020

While Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed pools to open, Fort Worth city pools won't be following suit

Pools can open at 25% of occupancy, but only if permitted by the local government. Fort Worth residents will have to wait to swim in city pools.
May 15, 2020

New small-business Pulse Survey shows breadth of COVID-19 impact on businesses

The first results from the new U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey show a large negative effect from COVID-19 for the majority of respondents. The weekly Census Bureau survey provides near-real-time information.
May 15, 2020

PetSmart adoption centers reopen

Beginning Friday, May 15, future pet owners can view adoptable pets again when the PetSmart Adoption Centers at Alliance and Hulen reopen. The Fort Worth Animal Shelter received $18,780 as part of a national commitment to help shelters impacted by coronavirus.
May 14, 2020

Help plan for the future and share your transportation experience

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is accepting public input through a new online mapping tool. The new tool will lead to solutions for regional transportation issues.
May 14, 2020

Concerts in the Garden canceled

Other symphony performances at Bass Performance Hall have been canceled or postponed. Contact the symphony box office with specific questions.
May 14, 2020

Stay-at-home-orders were effective in Tarrant County, but next few weeks critical, HSC analysis finds

City of Fort Worth's close partnership with HSC results in usable data, modelling. Publically available data suggests Tarrant County has reached a plateau in new daily COVID-19 cases.
May 14, 2020

Blue Zones Project continues shifting to respond to community needs

Blue Zones Project has pivoted from its more traditional work to projects that align with immediate and emerging needs in the community. New initiatives are focusing on immediate food and health concerns.
May 14, 2020

Census participation crucial to disbursement of transportation, health funding

Residents are encouraged to answer the questionnaire online. The questions can be answered in about 10 minutes, and the process is safe and secure.
May 13, 2020

Gov. Abbott extends COVID-19 disaster declaration for all Texas counties

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation extending his disaster declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19 an additional 30 days. The city's state of disaster is also continued until June 11.
May 13, 2020

New COVID-19 testing site opens in far north Fort Worth

A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is now available to anyone who meets Centers for Disease Control and state and local guidelines. No-cost testing site is at the Walmart Supercenter on North Beach Street.
May 13, 2020

USDA approves program to feed Texas kids

Texas has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer which assists families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Eligible households can offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been eaten at school.
May 12, 2020

Catholic Charities, Tarrant Area Food Bank launch food-finding partnership

Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Tarrant Area Food Bank are partnering to use each other's strengths for good during this challenging time. A new call center can help residents find food quickly.
May 12, 2020

Woodhaven residents enjoy a special breakfast delivery

There are many neighbors undergoing daily challenges, elevated stress and health issues generated by COVID-19. A Fort Worth police officer dropped off donated Waffle House meals to residents needing encouragement.
May 11, 2020

Hillwood matches Facebook donation to provide personal protective equipment to Fort Worth businesses

Nearly 100 small and minority-owned businesses have received PPE boxes. Protect the Fort is a combined effort to provide local businesses with PPE.
May 11, 2020

Need to report issues? You have several options

Streetlight outage, graffiti, potholes, high grass and weeds. All of these issues and more can be reported quickly and easily.
May 8, 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District announces phased reopening of recreation facilities, campsites

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District will begin a phased reopening of USACE recreation areas that were closed due to COVID-19. Check online availability before you head out.
May 8, 2020

Library staff's phone calls provide personal touch for senior citizens

Since mid-April, Library staff members have been dialing the numbers of Library cardholders age 65 and older to see how they are doing. Staffers placing the calls make an average of 157 calls a day, working from a list of more than 9,500 names.
May 8, 2020

Expedited Plan Review Team continues to move the city forward

Fort Worth's Expedited Plan Review Team continues to serve residents and businesses remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. The team works to accelerate the development process for customers.
May 8, 2020

Social distancing doesn't stop the Tehama Ridge neighborhood from throwing an epic dance party

The Tehama Ridge neighborhood found a way to host a communitywide dance party. A mobile deejay cruised the streets to provide the beats for driveway dancers.
May 7, 2020

Kroger Health launches free COVID-19 testing sites in Fort Worth

The site will provide up to 1,000 tests weekly. The testing site, open now, is at J.P. Elder Middle School. It is open 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
May 7, 2020

Emergency help for Fort Worth families now available

The city is accepting applications for several programs designed to assist residents with housing, utilities and household expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 7, 2020

Fort Worth groups continue to support small businesses by offering $250,000 in cash grants

Eligible small businesses in Fort Worth will qualify to receive up to $5,000 for rent, mortgage, inventory, working capital, payroll, IT, or innovation and/or marketing efforts.
May 6, 2020

More than $1 million invested in community for COVID-19 relief

United Way of Tarrant County has invested in the community for COVID-19 relief. $670,000 allocated from the United Way's Emergency Relief Fund go to basic and critical needs.
May 5, 2020

COVID-19 testing options continue to expand throughout the Fort Worth area

The list of COVID-19 testing sites open across Fort Worth continues to grow. Accessible testing is a critical part of the strategy to reopen businesses and stay open.
May 5, 2020

Texas Workforce Commission issues guidance to unemployment claimants

The Texas Workforce Commission is issuing guidance to unemployment claimants. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, there are reasons benefits would be granted if an individual refused suitable work.
May 4, 2020

Mosquito season has begun, and prevention is key

The 2020 mosquito season is underway in Fort Worth. Even a few infected mosquitoes can lead to disease outbreaks.
May 1, 2020

Fort Worth Development Services assisting with reopening businesses

New certificates of occupancy, health inspections will not be required. However, if the business's power had been shut off, a new electrical inspection/release may be required to resume operations.
May 1, 2020

Fort Worth to receive $6.8 million for COVID-19 relief

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department has awarded the City of Fort Worth more than $6.8 million to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key funding areas are rental assistance, elderly and employment services.
May 1, 2020

Business organizations unite to support Fort Worth businesses with PPE supplies

Personal protective equipment, has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collected items will help Fort Worth businesses return to work safely, once they are ready.
May 1, 2020

Fort Worth Housing Solutions receives CARES Act funding

The funds will assist Fort Worth residents through HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program. These funds come directly from the CARES Act, the third coronavirus relief package signed into law.
May 1, 2020

New survey available as Texas businesses start to reopen

Just as the results from the original survey helped guide the city's business response, this additional survey will help that response continue and improve as businesses reopen.
April 30, 2020

Fort Worth to host decontamination unit for N95 masks

Battelle will begin accepting N95 filtration masks that have been used by first responders or health care professionals. The equipment can be reused up to 20 times, greatly enhancing its life expectancy.
April 29, 2020

Fort Worth adopts new stand-alone disaster declaration to align with governor's orders

The City of Fort Worth City Council adopted a new stand-alone resolution continuing Fort Worth's state of disaster, as well as incorporating provisions of Executive Orders issued on April 27 by Governor Greg Abbott.
April 29, 2020

CARES Act funding to help provide COVID-19 response

The City Council on Wednesday accepted $158,715,568 in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The funding is part of a $2 trillion package designed to help the nation recover from the pandemic.
April 29, 2020

North Texas Area Community Health Centers provide COVID-19 response

North Texas Area Community Health Centers have shifted some resources from routine primary care to other areas, such as diagnosing and managing COVID-19. Discounted medical services may be available to those who have lost their employment.
April 28, 2020

Arts supporters launch 'The New Normal: An Artist's Response to COVID-19'

Funding initiative helps Fort Worth artists get back to work and support community healing from the coronavirus crisis. A panel of eight influential leaders from Fort Worth's arts community will manage the selection process.
April 28, 2020

How volunteers with a medical background can help during the COVID-19 crisis

Individuals with medical backgrounds can volunteer their skills and assist with COVID-19 efforts. Volunteers would be assigned to fill identified needs in the community to help care for patients or residents in a wide variety of settings.
April 27, 2020

City introduces free tax filing help by email

The City of Fort Worth has introduced VITA Taxes to Go! The program provides free tax filing assistance via email through July 15, the extended IRS tax filing deadline. Trained volunteers help residents file tax returns for free.
April 24, 2020

Texas SNAP recipients soon can shop online at certain retailers

The adjustment is intended to allow social distancing while providing families with the food they need. Walmart and Amazon are the first retailers to join the pilot in Texas, scheduled to start by May 18.
April 24, 2020

What's permitted under retail-to-go?

Under orders by Gov. Greg Abbott, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen beginning April 24. A state agency has issued specific guidelines for retail employees and their customers.
April 24, 2020

Near Southside launches fund to assist workers in the district

The business organization is offering $250 relief grants to members of its community who need it most. You can apply for assistance from the fund or make a contribution.
April 24, 2020

Updated 'Houses of Worship' Guidance for Fort Worth

The City of Fort Worth has revised its Stay Home – Work Safe Declaration in regard to Houses of Worship during the COVID-19 crisis.
April 24, 2020

City and partners open community COVID-19 testing sites

Community testing sites provide a free testing option for individuals who meet the prescreening requirements. These sites will be opening across Tarrant County starting Friday, April 24.
April 24, 2020

Task force updates child care guidance

The Tarrant County Child Care Task Force has updated its Guidance to Child Care Providers during COVID-19 document. Versions in English and Spanish can now be accessed on the city's website.
April 23, 2020

Walgreens opens free drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Fort Worth

Testing at these locations is available by appointment only, and only to individuals who meet eligibility criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 23, 2020

Fort Worth to participate in Thank You Thursdays

The expressions of gratitude continue across the Metroplex weekly. Thank You Thursdays begin this week at 7 p.m.
April 23, 2020

Many recreation, camp and library programs will be canceled or modified for summer 2020

Community centers, recreation facilities and libraries remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read what to expect in summer programming.
April 21, 2020

Stimulus payments are being distributed. How to ensure you get yours

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is committed to helping Americans get their Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. Check your availability online and make sure the IRS has your up-to-date information.
April 17, 2020

City maintaining online list of private COVID-19 testing facilities in the Fort Worth area

Maintaining a publicly accessible list of options allows residents to review options. Those who are experiencing symptoms should contact their medical provider first to get a referral for testing.
April 16, 2020

City of Fort Worth, PeopleFund launch new microloan program supporting local businesses

Businesses are eligible if they have an established physical address in Fort Worth, and if they're current with city and county property taxes.
April 15, 2020

Collaborative new program to serve seniors during COVID-19 crisis

Program participants will receive a weekly home delivery of frozen meals, a box of senior-friendly canned goods and fresh produce. Client referrals should be made to Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County.
April 15, 2020

Severe child abuse cases continue to rise with 3-year-old's death on Easter Sunday

Since March 17, eight children have been admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center for injuries related to child abuse. Cook Children's advice: If you are a parent who is struggling, know the best thing you can do is ask for help.
April 15, 2020

Inspector general warns about new Social Security benefit suspension scam

The Inspector General of Social Security is warning the public about fraudulent practices. If you receive a letter, text, call or email that you believe to be suspicious, hang up or do not respond.
April 14, 2020

Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched a new web tool. The IRS.gov feature helps people who normally don't file get payments; a second tool provides taxpayers with payment delivery date.
April 14, 2020

Texas Workforce Commission cautions claimants regarding fraudulent calls

Individuals misrepresenting the Texas Workforce Commission may capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and attempt to secure sensitive, personal information through deceit.
April 13, 2020

Texas gains federal approval of emergency SNAP benefits

Texas Health and Human Services will provide more than $168 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to help Texans during the COVID-19 response.
April 13, 2020

State launches COVID-19 mental health support line

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is available 24 hours a day.
April 7, 2020

City looking at financial adjustments from COVID-19, potential ways to mitigate losses

City officials expect to see repercussions from the economic slowdown. Revenue losses include sales tax, public events, development activity and more.
April 7, 2020

Texas WIC expands eligible foods

Texas WIC, the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, is expanding the number of food items eligible for purchase through the program. These food items include more options for milk, bread, rice, pasta and eggs.
April 6, 2020

IRS issues warning about COVID-19-related scams

The IRS is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about COVID-19. Watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments.
April 6, 2020

Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District continuation election to be held July 14

Gov. Greg Abbott has approved the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District's request to conduct its continuation election on July 14 rather than May 2 as originally planned.
April 3, 2020

Social Security recipients will automatically receive economic impact payments

Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Payments will be automatically deposited into bank accounts.
April 3, 2020

Fort Worth Bike Sharing rolls along, with enhanced hygiene, social distancing protocols

The service will remain in operation as an essential business. Operations will continue with an enhanced protocol for personal hygiene and social distancing among employees, and communications to riders regarding hygiene and social distancing.
April 3, 2020

Community resources for working parents

Help for employees of essential businesses, free evening meals and other assistance is available.
April 2, 2020

Neighborhood Services Department developing new ways to serve residents

Fort Worth's Neighborhood Services Department is developing new and innovative ways to improve the lives of residents. There are new programs and services to benefit residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 2, 2020

Fort Worth not assessing utility late fees

The decision applies to bills with due dates from April 1 through June 30. The action does not forgive past late fees owed.
April 1, 2020

Residents can help Solid Waste maintain critical service levels

Residents can do their part by helping the city use resources in the most safe, efficient and effective manner. Here are tips for helping out during the stay-at-home order.
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 hotline provides news and information to residents, businesses

A hotline established for the COVID-19 outbreak has proven to be a popular way for Fort Worth residents and business owners to learn news and information. Call-takers handled more than 2,700 calls and emails during a recent week.
March 30, 2020

How volunteers can help during the COVID-19 crisis

Safely donate supplies or funds to help affected neighbors.
March 27, 2020

Seeking help? New one-stop database lists organizations ready to offer support

A variety of assistance resources can be easily accessed online.
March 27, 2020

More time at home can mean more garbage to deal with

Fort Worth's solid waste services reminds everyone to be diligent and use all the services in place in Fort Worth. A few tips to help you handle increased volume in garbage during a time of social distancing.
March 26, 2020

Free evening meals available for kids

Starting March 26, free evening meals for children will be available at 17 City of Fort Worth community centers. Simply drive through and pick up meals.
March 26, 2020

Water customer service lobby is closed

The water customer service lobby is closed until further notice. About 200 walk-in customers a day visit the location, mostly to make bill payments using cash. The closure is a result of the city's latest efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
March 25, 2020

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams

Help to protect yourself and others by learning about existing scams and precautionary measures you can take to. Scammers may take advantage of fears surrounding the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.
March 25, 2020

Get out and enjoy Fort Worth parks, but keep that six-foot distance

Recreation in the great outdoors is important during stressful times. Residents are encouraged to comply with the recommended six-foot social distancing barrier at all times.
March 25, 2020

Area grocery stores to offer special hours for seniors, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, senior adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system have designated hours.
March 23, 2020

Know where to get information on the current COVID-19 response by the City of Fort Worth

Get up-to-date information about the current response to COVID-19 including addresses from city officials and the status of city services. Available via the website and daily briefings.
March 20, 2020

Temporary overflow homeless shelter now open

Capacities at Fort Worth's homeless shelters have been reduced. Donating financial support is the best way residents can help homeless neighbors.
March 19, 2020

Go green and breathe clean with Air North Texas

On June 26, celebrate Clean Air Action Day by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality. Even low levels of ozone can have negative health effects.
Feb. 28, 2020

Series of free monthly programs offer savings in water — and money

Learn landscape and irrigation tips from the experts. All seminars take place from 6-8 p.m. once a month.
Feb. 27, 2020

Construction continues on Randol Mill Road

Phase two of the Randol Mill Road improvements project is underway and is expected to be complete by July 2020. Based on analysis, staff recommended a single-lane roundabout. Construction began in August.
Oct. 16, 2019

Have a day off? Share some love with a dog from the Fort Worth Animal Shelter

What's better than a fun field trip with a shelter dog? The Fort Worth Animal Shelter started an exciting new program this past year, giving residents an opportunity to spend a day or a weekend with a dog from the shelter.
Oct. 10, 2019

New commercial building permit submissions will only be accepted online beginning Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, applications for new commercial building permits will only be accepted online. Accepting these permits online will save time and resources for customers and staff.
Oct. 7, 2019

Download MyFW app, a new way to report issues

Fort Worth residents and visitors now have a quick and easy way to report issues to the city. Streetlight outage, graffiti, potholes, high grass and weeds. All of these issues and more can be reported quickly and easily.
Aug. 7, 2019

Permits no longer required for garage sales

A trial will be in place for one year and the results will then be evaluated. Regulations will still be enforced for residents wishing to hold a garage sale.
Oct. 19, 2017