Community News

Brays Oaks celebrated Cigna Sunday Streets

May 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

On May 21, the Brays Oaks community celebrated Cigna Sunday Streets. Folks had a great time.

Council Member Larry Green attended the event.

Brays Oaks Management District’s Executive Director Richard Rodriguez

The City of Houston requests your feedback

May 19, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston is collaborating with Rice University to study how people respond to severe weather. We are asking for your help with a study that will take less than 2 minutes. Your information will valuable for helping the City understand how people cope with severe weather.

The study is entirely on line and can be accessed from

GO Neighborhoods is expanding

May 16, 2017 • Continue Reading »

GO Neighborhoods is Growing!

Dear Partner,

We are excited to share that LISC’s Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods initiative is expanding in 2017!

JOIN US – we are hosting one of two information sessions this Thursday.

GO Neighborhoods is a multi-year, place based approach to comprehensive community development. For Houston LISC, GO Neighborhoods is how we help neighbors build strong communities of opportunity. The initiative:

  • Drives investments to under resourced communities
  • Transforms place and people
  • Builds the capacity of local leaders
  • Achieves success through collaboration
  • Engages the community through resident-driven strategies

The initiative launched in 2009, and currently includes a network of nine neighborhoods.

In 2017, LISC is strengthening the GO Neighborhoods initiative and expanding to add two to three additional neighborhoods.

Interested in learning more?

< RSVP Today >

Join us at one of two upcoming information sessions to learn more about GO Neighborhoods, the process to join, and how a partnership with LISC can help your neighborhood achieve long lasting transformation.

If you have any questions about GO Neighborhoods or the information sessions, contact Iris Gonzalez, Community Development Officer for Houston LISC. She can be reached at (713) 597-6837 or You can also visit our website at

Thank you for your partnership and support. Together, we are transforming Houston’s neighborhoods and creating meaningful change.

Best Regards,

Amanda Timm
Executive Director

Video and Images of the 2017 Willow Waterhole MusicFest

May 5, 2017 • Continue Reading »


Cigna Sunday Streets: Celebrate the streets of Houston, May 21

May 4, 2017 • Continue Reading »

HCC Brays Oaks Center answers the community’s education needs

April 20, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The new Houston Community College (HCC) Brays Oaks Center is responding to the increased demand for affordable workforce training in the Brays Oaks community. The state-of-the-art 28,000 square-foot facility bridges the gap between high school and a successful career by offering students in the community an opportunity to graduate and start working within six months to one year.

According to the Brays Oaks Management District, over 26 percent of residents ages 25 and older do not have a high school diploma. Another 23 percent have only completed high school or have received a GED. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the Brays Oaks population is Hispanic and many speak only Spanish.
The HCC Brays Oaks Campus opened at the beginning of this year. Enrollment continues to rise as the center provides a diverse community a variety of courses and certifications. The goal is to make going to college convenient, relevant and affordable.

Technology (IT) courses and certifications are among the options at the new center. It offers Network+ Certification, MS Office Suite Professional and A+ Certification classes. The classes all are designed to get a student started in a new career or give an existing professional an extra certification to either receive a promotion, a salary increase or apply for another job.

Having technical and professional certifications are increasingly more popular and important these days.  “Community colleges, like HCC, play a critical role in training new workers and retraining veteran workers,” said Moji Amini, HCC Division of Extended Learning Program Manager. “People interested in becoming computer support specialists generally need certificates in a computer-related field, as well as significant hands-on experience with computers to land good jobs.”

The $12 million Brays Oaks Center sits near the intersection of West Bellfort Street and Riceville Road and will offer the following Continuing Education and Adult Education and Literacy Program classes and certifications this summer and fall:
Information Technology (IT) Careers
Network+ Certification
MS Office Suite Professional
A+ Certification classes
Health Careers
Phlebotomy Technician and CPR Training
Medical Office Professional and Comprehensive Coding Systems
Business Careers
Multi-Family Property Management
General Educational Development (GED) Test Preparation
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

Register for summer classes starting Monday, April 3. The summer 2017 semester starts Monday, June 4. Deadline to register for classes is Sunday, June 3. To sign up, go to:

Northfield I & II Subdivision Newsletter, April 2017

April 14, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The April edition of the Northfield I & II Subdivision News is available for download. It contains 12 pages of community events and information that are occurring around the area. If you have community news that you would like to place in our newsletter, feel free to contact

Download the PDF

ECHOS Shred Day, April 29th

April 10, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Generously sponsored by Friends of ECHOS

Join us for Shred Day, April 29th from 9 AM – 12 PM

Do you have paper piling up?
Now that taxes are filed do you need to shred documents?

Bring them to ECHOS SHRED DAY!
Drive up, get a donation receipt and we’ll unload your car for you! It is just that easy!

9600 S. Gessner
Houston, TX 77071

Minimum $15 donation – Senior Discount $12
Businesses and individuals welcome.
Proceeds support ECHOS programs.

2017 SHRED DAY DATES: April 29th, July 15th, October 21st.
Please contact Kathy Eckhardt, 713-270-0369, for information

See below for information about our Food Drive during Shred Day!
We will be collecting non-perishable food for the Food Pantry.

Food Drive at Shred Day
Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food for our Food Pantry when you come to Shred Day. Baby Food, Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna, and diapers feed the families we serve.
Your Neighbors
Are the families we care for. ECHOS will be here to support over 5,000 families because of our dedicated supporters, who believe in our vision! Annual Report!
Your Community
Donating to ECHOS helps our community. People are able to access health care services, they learn skills needed for jobs and they are able to feed their families. Thank you for making this happen!

Keep Houston Beautiful, April 8

April 6, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Keep Houston Beautiful Day on April 8th by participating in a local clean-up activity. Please help KHB beautify Houston year-round with a small donation for annual clean-up support. Text “KHB” to 52000 for a one-time gift of $10.

BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation Video

April 5, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Watch the video of the BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation.

BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation from on Vimeo.