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Video of the Willow Waterhole Music Fest 2016

May 2, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Solid Waste Frequently Asked Questions

May 1, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The following information was provided to our office from the Solid Waste Department regarding debris collection after the City’s most recent flooding event:

FAQs for Debris Placement & Collection

  1. My home was damaged or received water during the recent flooding and storms. What steps should I take to handle the damages and the debris?
    • First, you should contact your insurance company to file a claim.
    • You should also document your property damage(s) by taking photographs.
    • You should contact the Houston 311 customer center to notify the city of your damage(s). This will help identify your address and area as needing debris collection service.
  2. Is there a particular manner that my debris should be placed at the curb?
    • Yes, debris should be segregated as follows and placed away from any obstruction/impediments (mailboxes, fire hydrants, water meters, etc.):
      • Normal household trash goes in your black garbage container. It will be collected by the City on your normal garbage service day.
      • Vegetative Debris (Logs and Trees) should be place separately in a stacked pile. Limbs/trunks and branches should be cut to 36″ lengths.
      • Construction & Demolition Material should be place in its own pile. This type of debris includes building materials, carpet/padding, furniture, treated lumber, mattresses, etc.
      • White Goods (Appliances) should be placed separately and their doors secured with tape (to protect kids). White goods include refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters.
      • Electronics should be placed together. E-waste includes computers, stereos, televisions or other items with a cord.
      • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) should be placed together. HHW includes batteries, oils, lawn chemicals, pesticides and cleaning supplies.
    • Further information and instruction for debris placement can be found here or the Solid Waste Management Department’s Facebook page.
  3. My garbage/yard waste/Recycling was not collected due to the storm. When will the city return?
    • Monday’s garbage will be collected Tuesday, April 19, 2016 and Tuesday’s garbage will be collected Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Thursday and Friday’s garbage will be collected on their normal days.
    • Yard waste will be collected on the same schedule as stated in 3-a. above.
    • Recycling will be collected on the same schedule as listed is 3-a above.
  4. Are Neighborhood Depositories sites available to me if I’d like to get rid of my own debris or uncollected recycling?
  5. Is there somewhere I can take my HHW if I don’t want to wait for City crews to come by for collection?
    Yes. Any City of Houston resident can take HHW to the City’s Environmental Service Center at 11500 South Post Oak. HHW can be dropped off every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The center also receives HHW on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Should there be a need; the hours may be increased to accommodate the demand for service.
  6. When will the City begin debris collection operations?
    Collections will begin as soon as the City’s plans are accepted by the State Department of Emergency Management. Typically, debris operations begin after the receipt of a disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). A request for the disaster declaration has been made to FEMA by the Governor’s office.
  7. My container floated away during the flood period. How do I get another one?
    Please contact 311 to report your lost container. The department will deliver a replacement within 5 – 7 business days.
  8. I live in an apartment complex and was flooded. What should I do with my debris?
    As this is a commercial property, it is the responsibility of your owner/management company to make provisions for the collection and removal of debris.
  9. My business flooded what should I do?
    You should contact your insurance agent and file a claim for remediation. A part of your claim would include any debris demolition and removal.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the District F Office.

Home Elevation Grant Opportunity Announcement

April 29, 2016 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston, in partnership with the Texas Water Development Board, will submit a grant application on behalf of interested homeowners to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant. This grant will request funds for Elevation of Existing Homes damaged during the 2015 and 2016 flooding events.

Who is Eligible?

Only Homeowners who have flood insurance. The flood insurance must be from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and be effective at the time of the grant application.

How can this grant help me to avoid flood damage in the future?

If awarded, this grant will pay between 75% and 100% of eligible costs to elevate your home. For this grant, home elevation means that your existing house will be lifted so that the lowest floor is one foot above the expected flood elevation and a new foundation will be built to support your home.

What are my chances of receiving a grant award?

FMA is a nationally competitive grant program. Homeowners who have the strongest chance of award are those who own a property with a history of receiving large flood insurance claim payments over time. These properties have special FEMA designations – FMA Repetitive Loss or FMA Severe Repetitive Loss Properties. To have a chance of award, elevating your home must save FEMA more in future avoided flood claim payments than it costs to do the home elevation. High priority will be given to properties that were damaged in the 2015 Memorial Day, 2015 Halloween and 2016 Tax Day Flood Events. There is no guarantee of award.

How do I apply?

Follow the “Submitting Instructions” and complete the “Voluntary Interest Form and Checklist” published on the HoustonRecovers.org website under Rebuilding/Repairs. Attach the required documents and follow the instructions to submit your package to the City’s Floodplain Management Office (FMO). DUE TO A COMPRESSED FEMA SCHEDULE, APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TO FMO BY MAY 6, 2016 AT 5PM.

How do I learn more?

Keep monitoring the HoustonRecovers.org website for more details. You can also contact the City’s Floodplain Management Office with your questions at 832-394-8854 or fmo@houstontx.gov.

INTERESTED HOMEOWNERS MUST SUBMIT THEIR INFORMATION BY FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 AT 5PM TO MEET THE FEMA DEADLINE.

If you chose to submit online, you still need to print, sign and upload page 2 of this form.

If you chose to submit in person or via mail/fax/email please print and complete pages 1 & 2 of this form.

For all information on Repairing Flood Damage in the Floodplain, please visit this link.

President Declares Major Disaster for Texas

April 27, 2016 • Continue Reading »

WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of April 17-24, 2016.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Kevin L. Hannes has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Hannes said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only.

FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Houston Arts Alliance Grants Program workshop – SAVE THE DATE

April 21, 2016 • Continue Reading »

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Seating is available but limited and RSVP is required!
Include your mailing address, affiliated organization, and contact number.

For more information contact:
Donald R. Perkins, Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Larry V. Green, Esq.
Council District K
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562
832-393-3016 (office)
donald.perkins@houstontx.gov

2016 Census Test Harris County

April 20, 2016 • Continue Reading »

CensusBureau-d2ed1247The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census. Whether through the Internet, telephone, traditional paper questionnaires, or in-person visits, the Census Bureau is committed to making the mandatory once-a-decade headcount quick, easy, and safe for all to participate.

The 2016 Census Test will allow the Census Bureau to study a variety of new methods and advanced technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census.

225,000 households throughout Harris County in selected zip codes to include 77036 we selected to take in this 2016 Census Test. By now most, if not all those households would have received forms and 2 postcard reminders in the mail. We encourage all to fill out the form online ASAP, fill out and return by USPS, or use the telephone assistance phone-line (1-866-226-2836)

Please see links following links for more information:
Press Release
Fact Sheet
Harris County Test Site

Mayor Turner’s Flood Information Meeting, April 20

April 20, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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Fondren Middle School Health Fair, April 30

April 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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District K – Alvin Ailey Master Class & Workshop, April 22-23

April 19, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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HCC ASPIRE 2016 Awards Ceremony, May 4, 2016

April 17, 2016 • Continue Reading »

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ASIAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INSPIRING RESULTS AND EXCELLENCE

Cordially invites you to join

HCC-ASPIRE 2016 AWARDS CEREMONY

In honor of

MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE

HCC-ASPIRE AWARDEES

Public Service Award
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Immigrant Achievement Award
Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos

Philanthropy in Education Award
Susan Sarofim

Corporate Philanthropy Award
The George Foundation

Legacy Award
HCC Associate Vice Chancellor
Dr. Parvin Bagherpour

Join us on
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016
6 – 8 p.m.
The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

RSVP:
Neeta Sane, HCC Trustee – District VII, HCC-ASPIRE Founder & President
832.279.8601 or Neeta@NeetaSane.com
For Individual attendance, please donate $25 per person to HCC-ASPIRE
www.hccsfoundation.org/hccaspire

HCC #1 in International Student Enrollment and in Awarding Degrees to Minorities