Salute to Veterans Business Workshop

October 12, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Veterans, Let Us Help You Grow! This free event will introduce you to important contacts across Houston that can help you plan or grow your business, find financing alternatives, learn how to get federal contracts, and provide an opportunity for networking with other veteran business owners.

Speakers/Panelists will include representatives from:
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE, Women’s Business Center (WBC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), The City of Houston, Office of Veterans Affairs’, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Women Veterans Business Center (WVBC), VetBizBattle, Houston Community College (HCC), NASA, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a Veteran focused lending panel including BBVA Compass, Texas First Bank, LiftFund, and People Fund, PLUS MORE including exhibitors!!

8:30am-9:00am: Registration
9:00am-9:30am: Lender Panel
9:30am-10:00am: Resource Panel
10:00am-10:30am: Veteran Resource Panel
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-11:00am: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
11:00am-11:20am: Veteran Success Story
11:20am-12:00pm: Contracting Panel.

Monday, October 30, 2017
9:00am to 12:00pm

Houston Community College – West Loop Center – Auditorium
5601 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77081

The event is free, however, seating is limited and registration is required.

Register Now

Free METRO Rides for Students Extended Through October

October 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO is extending its free rides to all area students through Oct. 31, 2017. Many families are still dealing with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since Hurricane Harvey, and METRO continues to help. Students are encouraged to show their student ID and do not tap the METRO Q® Fare Card when boarding.

Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts
• Free rides for all students K- College
• Free rides for parents escorting students
• High school and college students must present student ID before boarding
• Offer through Oct. 31, 2017
• Information about METRO’s routes and schedules can be found at

Applications Being Accepted for Police Chief’s Youth Police Advisory Council

October 1, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Houston Police Department is inviting Houston area high school students to apply for the 2017-2018 Youth Police Advisory Council (YPAC).

Students will address issues affecting youth and the community, participate in community service projects and attend youth leadership conferences throughout the state. Additionally, the YPAC meets regularly with Chief of Police Art Acevedo and other top HPD officials.

YPAC members are required to meet five times during the school year at the HPD Edward A. Thomas Building at 1200 Travis in downtown Houston.

Applications are available online at The deadline to apply is Monday, October 9, 2017.

For more information, visit, email or call 713-308-3200.

Brays Oaks Landscaping Maintenance Contract up for Bid

September 25, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The Brays Oaks Management District invites your firm to submit a proposal in accordance with this Request for Proposal (RFP). Your response to this request will be evaluated to determine the qualifications of your firm. Proposals must adhere to the format and content of this RFP. Proposals will not be evaluated unless all parts requested are submitted in a complete package. The information set forth is the minimum required in order to qualify for consideration. The successful bidder shall be required to enter into a landscape maintenance agreement based on the specifications outlined in this RFP.

All proposals must be received by 12:00 (noon) on October 30, 2017.

Download Request for Proposal For Landscape Maintenance

National Night Out in Brays Oaks, Oct. 3

September 25, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Dear Brays Oaks Community,

National Night Out is back on at Fiesta (West Bellfort/ Fondren) on Oct 3rd see flyer attached. Please let me know if you would like to participate or have an organization who would like to participate. We will have free food, entertainment and lots of vendors/partnering organizations. The District will provide tents, tables and chairs for our strategic partners. This year we would like to actively promote the tremendous work the Houston Police Department does for our community by asking the community to consider donating to the local storefront. The HPD storefront located at the site of the event is managed by several HPD DRT officers and a team of volunteers and is financed 100% by donations from the community. If you would like to make a donation please email Barbara Hite at or come out and consider making a contribution. Please get the word out and we hope to see you all soon.


Richard Rodriguez Jr., MBA
Executive Director
Brays Oaks Management District

Update on SBA Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Harvey

September 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »


♦ SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.
♦ Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage.
♦ Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations may also borrow to help meet disaster caused working capital needs. The $2 million maximum applies to the combination of property damage and working capital loans.
♦ If you are a homeowner or renter, FEMA may refer you to SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
♦ Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence.
♦ Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.


♦ Register with FEMA at This is the fastest way to register for help.
Homeowners and renters should submit their SBA disaster loan application, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If SBA cannot approve your application, in most cases we refer you to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance.


♦ Apply online using SBA’s secure website at
♦ Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For additional information or to find a location near you, visit our website at, call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or email Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
♦ Apply by mail: Send completed paper application to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Download the Fact Sheet

Brays Bayou Association Flood Forum CANCELLED

September 15, 2017 • Continue Reading »

CANCELLED I have been informed that just surfacing obligations of a much higher priority have arisen and our speakers will be unable to attend the BBA Flood Forum scheduled for Tuesday September 19th. While we are disappointed we understand that going to DC to advocate on behalf of Houston for much needed recovery assistance and dealing with the ever changing political and bureaucratic scene here in Houston takes precedence. We thank Steve Costello and Russ Poppe for their desire and attempt to uphold their commitment to participate in our previously scheduled “Flood Forum,” even in the face of such a demanding situation they found themselves in due to Mr. Harvey. They have asked not to cancel, but to postpone… we will reschedule as soon as possible and hope you can be part of that event. What’s the saying… third time’s the charm!

The BBA “Special Meeting” scheduled for tomorrow night, Friday the 15th at 7:00 at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Drive is still a go. The BBA is an appointed member of the Harris County Flood Control Task (an advisory board to HCFCD and Harris County Commissioner’s Court) and is a Bayou Preservation Association Bayou Watershed Representative for the Brays Watershed. We want to hear from you regarding anything that you feel is important, so we can take it back to the above mentioned entities with emphasis.

Charles Goforth
Brays Bayou Association

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting and PIP Meeting, Sept. 19

September 14, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Students Ride METRO for Free Through September

September 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

METRO is offering free rides to all area students through Sept. 30, 2017. Many families are left with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since the storm. Parents accompanying students to school may also ride for free.

Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts
• Free rides for all students K- College
• Free rides for parents escorting students
• High school and college students must present student ID before boarding
• Offer through Sept. 30, 2017

“The road to recovery is a long one for so many people in our community. We hope the free riders will remove some stress for parents and students as they return to school,” said METRO Chair Carrin Patman.

METRO staff worked around the clock to get nearly all of the routes running again. A handful are detoured, abbreviated or combined due to high water. More buses are being used to meet higher ridership demands.

“We’re going to be very flexible and adapt services to meet the needs of our community,” said METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert.

Information about METRO’s routes and schedules can be found at

Customer Note: Some printed schedules, METRO’s Trip Planner, and Next Bus Texting may not be accurate due to route variations related to the storm.

Reminder for Solid Waste Management Debris Collection

September 6, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Solid Waste Management reminds flood victims of the ongoing collection of storm debris. Please place debris at the curb separated into the following piles:

Vegetative Debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag).
Construction & Demolition Debris – carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses.
Appliances – dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, water heaters
Electronics – computers, radios, stereos, televisions, other devices with a cord.
Household Hazardous Waste – cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemical, oils, oil-based paints, stains and pesticide.

Do not stack debris near trees, cars, fire hydrants, meters, poles or other structures.
If you would like dispose of junk or tree waste yourself, visit your nearest Neighborhood Depository/Recycling Centers, open 7-days a week from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. until further notice.

Visit for more information.