Neighborhood Network News: October 7, 2021
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 07, 2021, October 07, 2021

Learn about larger flood insurance premium discounts, new garbage and recycling rates, housing assistance and more in this week's Neighborhood Network News.

Property Owners and Renters Eligible for Larger Flood Insurance Discounts

The City of Arlington recently earned an improved Community Rating System (CRS) rating from the National Flood Insurance Program. The new Class 5 rating now provides Arlington property owners and renters up to a 25 percent discount on flood insurance premiums.

 To achieve the new Class 5 rating, the City of Arlington was credited for its stormwater education and outreach program, capital improvement project planning and implementation, buyout of flood prone properties, preserving open space in the floodplain, maintaining historic floodplain records and having higher building standards that reduce the risk of frequent flooding. Click here to learn more.

Garbage and Recycling Rate Changes In Effect

 New rate for trash/recycling collection services and Arlington’s stormwater (drainage) fee went into effect Oct. 1. The Stormwater Utility Fee will increase from $7.50 to $8 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). The residential refuse charge (trash/recycling collection) will increase from $15.03 to $15.46. Water and sanitary sewer rate increases are set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Click here to learn more.

Housing Choice Voucher Program Applications Open Until Oct. 12

 The Housing Authority of the City of Arlington (AHA) will accept applications from persons interested in participating in its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program only during the Open Enrollment period, which ends at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Applications will be retained until the next open enrollment. The HCV program is a rental housing assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program assists very low-income persons, families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to reside in safe, decent, rental housing they can afford. Click here to learn how to apply.

Grow A Veggie Garden at Home

 Who doesn’t love the taste of fresh vegetables grown right at home? Growing your own food is a healthy and rewarding experience that even novice gardeners can learn as a sustainable and worthwhile hobby. Click here to see Urban Forestry Land Manager Wendy Pappas’ tips for how to get started with growing your own vegetable garden.

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