County Judge highlights new projects on the horizon in county address

Strong, emboldened and concise could be used to describe Judge Barry Hyde’s annual State of the County address.

In his 20-minute speech, Judge Hyde laid out several areas of improvement including plans to restructure the county’s juvenile justice probation and intake process. He intends to hire a Director of Juvenile Justice Services who will draft a policy and procedure manual, clarify roles and responsibilities, develop a management structure and develop a training curriculum. These probation and intake improvements will be carried out in collaboration with the County Attorney and the County Judge. All improvements are based on recommendations from the Robert K. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice’s 2016 Probation System Review Final Report.

Additionally, Judge Hyde, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, will make improvements to Terry Park to make the park more welcoming to patrons.

Despite continued cuts to grant funding, the county will use carry over funds to expand out of school and afterschool program in Higgins, Oak Grove and McAlmont.

“If the state and federal government want to reduce funds for our out-of-school care and Pre-K programs, which provide assistance to lower-income families, Pulaski County has to find a way to do it,” said Hyde. “Ignoring their needs, robbing them of opportunity and reducing services to these children is simply not an option.”

Read more about County Judge Barry Hyde’s plans for the future of Pulaski County

State of the County set for March 12

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde will present the 2019 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.  Judge Hyde will highlight our 2018 accomplishments and 2019 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several ongoing projects such as our Crisis Stabilization Unit, Juvenile Justice Reform and the Southwest Trail.

Making Pulaski County Families Stronger

Housing and Urban Development Renews Funding for Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Pulaski County, AR – Pulaski County Government announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $43,000 to renew support to the Pulaski County Housing Agency’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, who serves on the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Relate Agencies Subcommittee, gave his support and congratulations.

“This investment allows the Pulaski County Housing Agency to assist more families in creating a better future,” Senator Boozman said. “I’m proud to support this grant that enables Arkansans to gain vital job-training skills that will put them on the path to financial independence,” he said.

Established in 1990, the FSS program is funded by HUD to promote employment and increase assets for low-income families receiving federal rent subsidies or public housing. FSS is a five-year program that helps participants become self-sufficient by accomplishing goals such as completing a degree or certification, purchasing a home and securing stable employment.

Participants must be an active client of the Section 8 housing program for one year. If interested, the participant is placed on a waiting list until one of the 26 spots becomes available. When a spot is available, he or she attends a FSS briefing meeting where the participant sets goals and signs a contract.

An important part of the FSS program is the Escrow Savings Account. Each participating family has the opportunity to develop FSS escrowed savings through an account established and controlled by the Public Housing Agency (PHA). As a participant’s earned income increases, so does the percentage they must pay for rent. For FSS participants; however, an amount generally equal to their increased rent because of increased earnings is placed in the FSS escrow account.

“Our participants, overall, have been extremely successful in reaching their goals and completing the program,” Community Services Director Fredrick Love said. “This program allows individuals to improve their quality of life for themselves and their families and truly become—self-sufficient.”

In 2018, FSS had one participant whose goal was to find a more suitable career path and repair her credit. She graduated from the FSS program, became a homeowner and is no longer a Section 8 recipient. Of the remaining participants, 19 have a goal of homeownership, 13 have goals to pursue higher education, and seven are pursuing higher education goals. Three of the participants have goals of entrepreneurship. All FSS clients are working to establish or repair their credit to prepare for homeownership.

“I thank Senator Boozman for his continued support of this program for citizens of Pulaski County,” Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde said. “This program is proving to be a huge success for those who want to have more independence and cycle off government assistance,” he said. “Establishing goals with the help of our housing team and making a commitment to those goals, ensures accountability and completion of the program. I wish each participant continued success.”

ACT Prep Instructors Needed

Since 2006, the Pulaski County Youth Services ACT Prep Program has served over 4,000 students, offering classes that focus on English, math, reading, science reasoning, and test-taking strategies. This class has been offered in several models, including a six Saturday course, a once-per-month course, one-day boot camps and intensive summer camp programs. The purpose of our ACT Prep program is to assist students in achieving their highest potential on the ACT exam, making them eligible for more college scholarship opportunities and reducing the number of students required to complete remedial courses.

The last formal evaluation of the program showed an average of a one- to three-point score increase, with nine-points being our highest increase in 2018. It is our mission to help students avoid the need to take remedial courses at the college level, making it easier for them to complete their post-secondary education degree requirements.

As we kickoff our 2019 ACT Prep Program, we are in search of licensed and well-experienced instructors to facilitate these sessions. Sessions usually occur one Saturday mornings for about three hours. Instructors are expected to provide effective test-taking tips and strategies in the subjects of English, math, reading and science. If you are interested, please contact Kaprese Warren at kwarren@pulaskicounty.net.

PCYS launches new reading program with Pulaski County Special School District

Pulaski County Youth Services launched a new program titled “Leadership Through Literacy.” This program was created to provide community leaders an opportunity to read to elementary school students throughout the county. The program aims to inspire youth by exposing them to different types of leaders in various job roles. The leader will read to the students and share a little about themselves. Pulaski County Youth Services will also make a book donation to the school library.

Today we kicked off Black History Month by having Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Dr. Charles McNulty, read books to the Pre-K students at Daisy Bates Elementary. The students were excited to hear stories featuring African American characters and authors.

It was a great kickoff!

County Offices Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

County Offices are closed Monday, January 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. Waste Management routes will run as normal.

Pulaski County Inauguration is set for January 3

The Pulaski County Inauguration Ceremony is Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Pulaski County Administration Building in the Quorum Court meeting room. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Vann Smith will conduct the swearing in ceremony. Hors d’oeuvres will be served following the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to our elected officials on their upcoming terms as a Pulaski County Elected Officials. See everyone Thursday, January 3.

Pulaski County Celebrates 200 Years

Pulaski County will host a 200th Anniversary kick-off celebration Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pulaski County Courthouse (south side steps, Second Street). There will be food trucks and live music! Speakers are County Judge Barry Hyde, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Arkansas Department of Heritage Director, Stacy Hurst and Pulaski County Historical Society Representative, Rachel Patton.

Throughout 2019, the county will collaborate with the Arkansas Department of Heritage, the Pulaski County Historical Society, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the North Little Rock History Commission and Jacksonville Historical Society to present exhibits, lectures, publications, special events and videos.

Want to host an event to celebrate the county’s Bicentennial? Contact Cozetta Jones at cjones@pulaskicounty.net.

See the legislation that created Pulaski County.

General Election Polling Location Changes

December 4, 2018 General Election Polling Location Changes

Organizations allow the use of their facilities as polling locations on a strictly voluntary basis.  Due to the unavailability of some facilities on the day of the December 4, 2018 General Election Runoff, the following election day polling location changes have been made:

Precinct 69 voters, who voted at First Baptist Little Rock in the General Election, will be voting at:

Temple B’nai Israel
3700 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Precinct 73 voters, who voted at Parkway Place Baptist Church in the General Election, will be voting at:

Highland Valley United Methodist Church
15524 Chenal Parkway
Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Precinct 74 voters, who voted at Agape Church in the General Election, will be voting at:

Pulaski Academy
12301 Hinson Rd
Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Precinct 76 voters, who voted at Parkway Place Baptist Church in the General Election, will be voting at:

Immanuel Baptist Church
501 Shackleford Rd
Little Rock, Arkansas

Any voters effected by this change will receive a notice in the mail of his or her temporary polling location for this General Election Runoff.

General Election Runoff Early Voting Begins Tuesday, Nov. 27

Early Voting for the General Election Runoff begins on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  Little Rock and Jacksonville voters can cast their ballots at any of the six early voting locations in the county.  Only voters residing in the city limits of Little Rock or Jacksonville are eligible to vote in this election.

Early voting at our five off site locations will begin on Tuesday, November 27th and continue until Friday, November 30, 2018.  Main Site early voting will begin on Tuesday, November 27th and continue until Monday, December 3, 2018.  Early voting is not available on weekends, in accordance with Arkansas election law.

Please see the following schedule for the dates and times of early voting in Pulaski County:

 

MAIN SITE EARLY VOTING

Pulaski County Regional Building        501 W. Markham                      Little Rock

 

Monday, November 27th – Friday, November 30th

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

No Weekend Early Voting

Monday, December 3rd

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

OFF SITE EARLY VOTING

Sue Cowan Williams Library                 1800 S. Chester                        Little Rock

Dee Brown Library                                6325 Baseline Road                 Little Rock

Roosevelt Thompson Library                 38 Rahling Circle                      Little Rock

Jacksonville Community Center            5 Municipal Drive                     Jacksonville

McMath Branch Library                        2100 John Barrow Rd.             Little Rock

 

Monday, November 27th – Friday, November 30th

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.