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HPD Encourages Everyone to Have a Safe Holiday

November 25, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The next few weeks will be a busy time for everyone and while we might be distracted with the hustle of the holiday season, HPD wants everyone to remember a few simple tips that will help you and your family stay safe.

While shopping you should stay alert to your surroundings.

  • Don’t walk and talk on your phone and only carry what cards and cash are necessary.
  • Secure your belongings out of sight and keep your purse nearby at all times.

The holiday season also means increased spending so be careful to protect your personal data.

  • Be wary of who you provide your personal information to and watch for credit skimming devices.
  • Watch your financial statements closely and report inconsistencies immediately.

When you make your holiday purchases, stow them in the trunk prior to your next destination.

  • If you are stowing packages in your trunk and then heading back in to keep shopping, move your vehicle and park in a different place.
  • Make your most expensive purchase your last purchase of the day and take the item straight home.
  • Criminals are watching what you are buying and whether you are going to leave it unattended in your car after you make your purchase.

Don’t forget to protect your home

  • At home keep the outside well lit, doors locked and curtains closed.
  • If you are traveling out of town have a neighbor watch your house and put your lights on a timer.
  • It might be tempting to display your tree in the window for everyone to see, it’s best to keep your tree and gifts where on-lookers can’t see.

When it’s time to clean up remember not to advertise what gifts you received.

  • Destroy the boxes or place them in sealed garbage bags before you set them out for garbage collection.

HPD wishes everyone a happy and safe holidays. For more information on holiday safety tips visit http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/holiday_safety.pdf

Public Hearings for the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

November 24, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Please join the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) for the Fall Public Hearings on the Needs Assessment findings from the Community Needs Survey and housing and economic data for Houston.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
SOUTHWEST MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
6400 High Star Drive
Houston, TX 77074

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE CENTER
815 Crosby Street
Houston, TX 77019

The City will use the information from the Needs Assessment to guide us in prioritizing the funding of programs and projects for low- and moderate-income Houstonians to meet affordable housing, community development, economic development, public service and fair housing needs over the next five years. If you have not completed the Community Needs Survey you may do so online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HoustonCommunityNeedsSurvey. Surveys are due to HCDD by December 15, 2014.

Following the presentation the public may offer comments on the preliminary findings from the Needs Assessment.
For additional information on the Consolidated Plan visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/2015-consolidated-plan, or to request special arrangements (interpreter, sign language, captioning for the hearing impaired), contact Andrea Young Jones at 832-394-6200.

Tell HISD that You Want Westbury High School to Become a School of Choice and that You support Campus Expansion

November 11, 2014 • Continue Reading »

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The HISD Board of Trustees, during closed session next week on November 13, will be discussing the bond scope for Westbury High School – specifically the fate of a campus expansion for WHS that HISD has already begun and had promised to continue as part of the 2012 Bond Program land acquisition. The fate of the WHS campus expansion is at serious risk.

1. An online petition has been prepared to show support for WHS to become a School of Choice and to support Campus Expansion. We hope that you will sign it as an endorsement of support AND also help us spread the petition link as fast as possible. Here is the link to the petition on Change.org: http://goo.gl/UX7nyo

2. Additionally, a TIMELINE document has been prepared to document the decades of effort that parents, alumni, and the community have devoted in an effort to revitalize Westbury High School. It is amazing how long and how hard we all have been working over the past THIRTY years to improve WHS. The TIMELINE is 16 pages long, in chronological order, with photos and diagrams near the end, including some of the recent positive steps that WHS and HISD have taken at the school. This incredible timeline was created by Cindy Chapman.

3. For additional reference, an HISD document about the 2013 Demographics for WHS is available. You will see that 1,173 students zoned to WHS transferred out to other HISD campuses. Another 1,024 students zoned to WHS are not in public school. There were a total of 4,335 students zoned to WHS last year. Of those, 1,859 attended WHS. Also, 215 students transferred IN to WHS last year (primarily from Madison or Sharpstown).

Both these documents are available on the WCC website, www.westburycrier.com under Hot Topics. Here is a link to the page. www.westburycrier.com/hot-topics/westbury-high-school

Ride METRO to the Polls for FREE

November 3, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Need a lift to go cast your vote? METRO will be offering FREE rides to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

All you need to do is show your valid voter registration card to the bus operator.

FREE rides will be available on local bus routes and METRORail during normal hours of operation. The free services do not include include Park & Ride routes.

#RideHoustonMETRO

News From Houston City Council District K (September – October 2014)

October 29, 2014 • Continue Reading »

 
September/October 2014
District K
Contact Information
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 900 Bagby, First Floor

Houston, TX 77002

Main Office:

832-393-3016 Office

832-395-9410 Fax

Satellite Office:

832-393-4209 Office

832-395-9410 Fax

District Email:

DistrictK@houstontx.gov

Website:

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Archived Newsletters:

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Council Member Green Highlighted over $2 Billion in Large-Scale Projects for the Houston Region at an Economic Development Summit

 

Council Member Larry Green hosted a FREE citywide Small Business Economic Development Summit on Monday, October 20th at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Ballroom C in downtown Houston. The summit highlighted current and programmed large-scale projects planned within the Houston region that totals more than $2 billion which are slated to be let within the next 6 months. Such projects include the new convention hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center, planned capital improvement projects via ReBuild Houston and the Houston Airport Systems, the Port of Houston Authority Expansion project, and other economic development projects. 

 


Moreover, this citywide economic development summit was co-sponsored in partnership with the City of Houston, Greater Houston Black Chamber, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,  Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council. This collaborative partnership helped garner a broader participation of attendees among small businesses within the Houston area.

 

“I was honored to host this small business economic development summit,” said Council Member Green. “Houston has a robust economy and this summit provided the venue for these small businesses to access these large-scale capital projects.”

 

Mayor Parker was featured as the keynote speaker and underlined her track record with minority, small businesses, and women-owned business enterprise (MSWBE) initiatives in this City. Up to 400 people attended the economic development and community summit. Confirmed attendees ranged from elected officials, area community leaders, developers, bankers, as well as large and small area business leaders.

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City of Houston Seeking Neighborhood Tours for NUSA Conference

October 29, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston is hosting the Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) conference from May 20 – 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NUSA is a non-profit group focused on building stronger communities by providing learning, information sharing and networking opportunities for its members.

Meaningful and entertaining neighborhood tours are one of the key components of a successful NUSA conference. The neighborhood tours provide an opportunity for local organizations and neighborhood groups to showcase their neighborhood based programs and places to a national audience. Conference participants have an opportunity to interact with local community members and learn from programs occurring in the unique places that make Houston the vibrant city that it is.

The NUSA 2015 Neighborhood Tour Committee is seeking proposals from Houston community members to host a neighborhood tour showcasing Houston’s dynamic and diverse places, people and neighborhoods. Proposals are due by Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:00 pm. Proposals must include both neighborhood tour and contact information. Preference is given to proposals that address the conference theme, Passion into Action.

Please contact us at 713-837-7836 or NUSA2015@houstontx.gov for further information or to discuss possible neighborhood tours that your organization or neighborhood group could host. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the NUSA 2015 Conference.

“Klean It Up, Green It Up” Beautification Initiative Kick-Off!

October 29, 2014 • Continue Reading »

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Dear Friend,

 

We created “District (K) lean it up, Green it up” as a way to actively involve District K residents and students in community beautification on a frequent basis. Too often our local parks and streets are tarnished by pollution from liter, cigarette butts, fast food wrappings, pet waste and much more. It is time we take back our community and become proactive in keeping District K beautiful.


1016536_10151858970121980_1277338971_nThe “District (K) lean it up, Green it up” campaign focuses on cleaning up and beautifying District K. With tree plantings, community gardens, recycling, opening up farmer’s markets for fresh produce and more, we will reach the ultimate goal of branding District K as one of the cleanest and “green-est” districts in Houston.


We plan to use special events, social media and partnerships with environmental organizations, community groups and civic clubs to educate residents on how to make District K greener, healthier and more eco-friendly. We will also implement methods of cleaning up the neighborhood, while suggesting ways to maintain a green environment.


We strongly encourage our residents to get involved and become part of the solution. No one knows District K better than the residents themselves; this is why community involvement is key. We hope that you will join us in our mission and continue to beautify, educate, and keep District K clean!

 

Regards,

 

Council
Member Larry Green


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Let Your Voice Be Heard in Planning Houston’s Future

October 26, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is developing plans to spend a projected $200 million in federal grants by carrying out community development, quality of life, and affordable housing projects over the next five year.
Help us understand your neighborhood by completing the Community Needs Survey. In 3 easy ways:
1. Complete the Community Needs Survey online at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HoustonCommunityNeedsSurvey (English)
https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/XYZ8THW (Spanish)
www.surveymonkey.com/s/BX9LKY3 (Vietnamese)
www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXMLXKH (Chinese)

2. Download and print paper copies of the Community Needs Survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese at http://www.houstonhousing.org/. Mail completed surveys to 601 Sawyer, 4th Floor, Houston, TX 77007, Attn: Andrea Jones

3. Invite a Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) staff person to facilitate a Community Needs Survey meeting with your group by e-mailing andrea.jones@houstontx.gov.

The City’s five year plan will be detailed in the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May of 2015.
Public input is an essential part of the City’s planning process and crucial to our ability to address the unique needs of Houston’s many communities. Complete the survey by December 15, 2014 so your voice is heard.

The District J Journal – October 17, 2014

October 20, 2014 • Continue Reading »

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . .

 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the midst of the Great Depression, encouraged a worried nation with these hope-filled words: “. . . let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Those words seem to still ring true.

 

During the past few weeks, Houstonians have watched the developments of the Ebola victims in Dallas with deepening concern. For those of us who live in District J – Houston’s most extensive international community – these developments are quite personal. Many of us have friends, colleagues, and business associates who hail from, or who do business with, West African countries. For us, the fight against the Ebola virus on the African continent has also been a fight for our own community. 

 

This week, City Council was briefed on Houston’s state of preparedness to combat the Ebola virus. Dr. David Persse, the Houston Emergency Medical Services Director, explained that while no cases have occurred in Houston yet, the city’s vast medical community is prepared if such an event occurs. He then provided a detailed explanation of plans and procedures in case an infection was to occur. You can see their detailed video report here as well as general Ebola update information, an Ebola Fact Sheet, and a ”What you need to know about Ebola“ sheet.

 

Answering questions from Mayor Parker and the Council, Dr. Persse explained initial symptoms of Ebola can resemble those of other common diseases, including the flu. If you are medically able, join me in getting your flu shot in order to eliminate that source of worry.

 

Let’s do all we can to inoculate ourselves against an ”unreasoning fear” of the Ebola virus. Let’s educate ourselves about the disease in all its facets. As always, please be diligent in maintaining standard sanitary and hygienic practices to ensure that our friends, neighbors and family members remain healthy.  

 

Be well,

 

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-Mike Laster, Council Member – District J

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Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Application Deadline Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

October 6, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program (NMGP) helps neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing matching grant (reimbursements) ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Materials relating to the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program are now available on the Department of Neighborhood’s website: http://www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods/matchinggrants.html

The material include the grant application, FAQs, and past grant recipients (which outlines that respective grant project).

For more information, contact Conya Barreras at the Department of Neighborhoods at 832-394-0654 or conya.barreras@houstontx.gov.