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Renter's Help

posted Feb 26, 2021, 12:47 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Visit https://houstonharrishelp.org/ or call 832-402-7568 for more information. 


Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 

The City of Houston and Harris County are working together to provide $159 million in rent and utilities assistance to families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be distributed by two agencies with established experience in helping people in need: BakerRipley and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. To make the process as smooth as possible, a group of community agencies will serve as navigators, helping families complete their applications. 

About The Program 

The Houston-Harris Rental Assistance Program is available to renters within Harris County or the City of Houston who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, who are experiencing housing instability, and whose household income is at or below 80% of Area Median Family Income. 

Any rental property within the City of Houston or Harris County may participate. Landlords interested in registering their property will need to enroll their property and agree to the terms of the program. 

Registration will be available soon. Please refer to the For Renters and For Landlords pages to check your eligibility and start preparing application materials. 

Thank you,
Rene Ruiz
Customer Service Representative III
Mayor’s Assistance Office
City Hall Annex 900 Bagby Ground Level
Houston, Texas 77002
T. 832.393.0939
C. 713.865.3397
Rene.Ruiz@Houstontx.gov

Free WiFi in Houston parks? Let us know what you think. Take our survey by December 23

posted Dec 21, 2020, 1:59 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Mayor’s Social Media Announcement: 

Announcement 

Free WiFi in Houston City Parks? Take our survey. The City of Houston Mayor's Office, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Houston Information and Technology Services (HITS), other city departments and organizations are working together to improve #DigitalConnectivity inside city parks as part of #Houston's Resilience Plan and 50/50 Parks Partners Initiative. Let us hear your thoughts on whether #FreeWiFi should be provided in some city parks. Take the survey at http://bit.ly/houstonwifi by December 23rd. 

Background and Purpose: 

The City of Houston continues to strive to be a leader in technology and solutions to meet the needs of its citizens and strengthen its national reputation as a green space leader. In response to the Covid pandemic and continued natural disaster emergencies, there is more need than ever for a Digital Connectivity Master Plan for Houston's parks to provide reliable, consistent digital connectivity services, such as free WiFi.  This effort also supports the City of Houston's Resilience Plan, 50/50 Parks Partners Initiative, and complements Comcast’s initiative to equip nine City of Houston Community Centers with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” before the end of 2020. 

The City's Mayor's Office, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Houston Information and Technology Services (HITS), and other city departments and organizations are working together and they want to hear from the Citizens of Houston.  This survey provides a way to find out more about how the new service will be used as well as an opportunity to gather general feedback from Houston park visitors.  The information received will feed into the overall plan.  The deadline to take the survey is December 23rd.  bit.ly/houstonwifi 

Evangelina Vigil 
DON PIO 
T.  832-393-0832
C. 281-904-3015
evangelina.vigil@houstontx.gov

http://bit.ly/houstonwifi

Buffalo Bayou Community Plan

posted Nov 19, 2020, 2:43 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Linked below you will find the final Houston Stronger Alternative Review and Community Plan as prepared in response to the USACE Buffalo Bayou & Tributaries Resiliency Study and Interim Report. 

Remember, final comments and alternative recommendations are due tomorrow, November 20.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mfv_i4YNl1Z-UX1IIf-l0XynEWhTn7mD/view?usp=sharing


Action Needed to Protect Houston's Historic Waterway

posted Nov 13, 2020, 8:25 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Passing along this announcement from Jessica McFall of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Buffalo Bayou Park and Other Green Spaces Will Be Severely Impacted by US Army Corps of Engineers Study Recommendations 


Photo by Dean Digamon 


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report which proposes various projects aimed at reducing flooding along the Buffalo Bayou Watershed.  After strong community reaction, the Corps has extended the comment period to November 20, 2020. 

 

 

While BBP supports the USACE’s overall goal of relieving flooding, it has grave concerns as stated in a letter the organization sent to the Corps. 

 

 

CONCERNS:

  • Widening the channel to 230 ft. and deepening it by 12 ft. will make it impossible to retain natural features and riparian vegetation all along Buffalo Bayou and will devastate Buffalo Bayou Park, the beautiful 160-acre green space recently restored by BBP, Harris County Flood Control District, City of Houston and the Kinder Foundation with $75 million of improvements.  
  • Radically increasing the flow of water during floods will worsen damage in Buffalo Bayou Park.
  • Channel modifications and replacement of infrastructure will severely impact Buffalo Bayou’s extensive wildlife, including the more than 250,000 Mexican Free-tail Bats living near the Waugh Drive and Congress Avenue bridges.
  • Buffalo Bayou’s role as a recreational amenity and a unique visitor experience will be forever changed. 
  • USACE does not propose to enlarge the bayou in downtown where downtown parks, the City Hall and Harris County complexes, and Theater District all flooded during Harvey.
  • Finally, USACE’s own analysis shows that the project’s costs will be far greater than its benefits in reducing flooding. This means Buffalo Bayou will be devastated for a project that does not make economic sense.

 

If you care about protecting Buffalo Bayou Park and other green spaces that BBP has transformed, send your comments to the Corps TODAY(Note deadline: November 20, 2020)


For your convenience, feel free to copy the note below and send it to the Corps at BBTRS@usace.army.mil or click the button below. Personalize as needed.

We also encourage you to contact our Houston U.S. Congressional Representatives who oversee the USACE with districts along the affected parts of Buffalo Bayou: Lizzie FletcherDan Crenshaw and Sheila Jackson Lee.

 

 

 

TO:        US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
RE:         Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report.  Numerous recommendations in the report will cause considerable harm to Buffalo Bayou Park, the award-winning 160-acre green space near downtown.  I believe the study recommends outdated solutions rather than forward-thinking nature-based solutions.  Widening and deepening the channel will cause irreparable harm to the bayou’s natural features, as well as to the vast wildlife living along the waterway. 

I’d also like to point out that in addition to causing increased flooding in Buffalo Bayou Park, flooding will be exacerbated in parks and sites downstream, including the City Hall and Harris County complexes and Theater District; all of which experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey.  This issue is not addressed in the Corp’s report.

I understand that the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) is recommending a tunnel option which Buffalo Bayou Partnership supports.

I urge the Corps to adopt a natural channel design that will result in a healthy functioning riparian corridor.  By doing so, you will be protecting Buffalo Bayou so that Houstonians from all walks of life can enjoy its natural beauty, wildlife, and recreational and cultural offerings for generations to come.


...

Buffalo Bayou Partnership is the non-profit organization revitalizing and transforming Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource


Our mailing address is:

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

1019 Commerce Street

Suite 200

Houston, TX 77002

Jim Murphy comments on USACE interim report

posted Nov 6, 2020, 1:04 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Nov 6, 2020, 1:04 PM ]

In response to numerous requests from the communities within the study area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the comment period for the BBTRS until November 20th, 2020. 


We also just received this from Jim Murphy's office: 

Representative Murphy asked me to pass this letter on to you directly. It includes his comments to the USACE Galveston District regarding the interim study. Feel free to share. 


Also, it marks a great opportunity to (re)introduce myself. I'm very glad to be back working hard for West Houston. If I can do anything for you or your neighbors, please ask! 

Benjamin Williams 
Chief of Staff 
Office of State Representative Jim Murphy 
(512) 463-0514 
Capitol 4N.3

CitizensNet Newsletter: Surveys & Feedback

posted Nov 6, 2020, 12:53 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


Make your community what you want it to be. Share the survey with your neighbors, family, and friends. 

Why share the survey? 

We all deserve a comfortable place to live. 

This is your opportunity to tell Harris County and the City of Houston on how to responsibly develop improvements for economic, environmental, and social balance in the most valuable space of all, your home and community. 

Make your community what you want it to be. Share the survey with your neighbors, family, and friends. 

About the Study 

Home is more than a word. It’s where your life happens. 

The Harris County Housing Survey is commissioned by Harris County and the City of Houston. 

The survey, conducted by The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will provide a picture of real estate needs in the Houston area. 

Why is the survey important? 

Severe weather and a growing population present new social needs for the five million residents who call Harris County home. 

The results of the Harris County Housing Survey will inform decisions that impact safe and affordable homes and apartments in your community. 

Harris County received $10 billion to implement the results of the survey, and your responses show your local government how to spend those funds on real estate in your neighborhood like determining where homes need to be built or repaired, types of dwelling options that are needed, and maintaining affordable costs for hardworking Houstonians. 

This is your opportunity to tell Harris County and the City of Houston on how to responsibly develop improvements for economic, environmental, and social balance in the most valuable space of all, your home and community. 

We are asking all area residents ages 18+ to please take the survey at MyHomeIsHere.org 

Community organizations can also schedule a My Home Is Here field researcher to join your organization’s next virtual meeting to engage, inform and activate your community in just 20 minutes. Contact Tiffany Nelson at 713.966.6937, ext. 902 or email pm@thefordmomentum.com. 

 

CitizensNet City of Houston

CitizensNet was created to share important city issues of interest to you and your neighbors.

Subscribe to CitizensNet or manage your preferences here:

houstontx.gov/citizensnet/

Thank you for your interest in the City of Houston!



USACE interim report comment period extended

posted Nov 4, 2020, 8:20 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

The USACE Buffalo Bayou and Tributary interim study comment period has been extended. See letter to Lizzie Fletcher below... 


https://drive.google.com/file/d/15TB5TJ8ZlTmVKLYqnv5jjH6HZkiZVFdd/view?usp=sharing

Takeaways from the Meeting Last Night

posted Oct 16, 2020, 6:06 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Dear Neighbors, 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last night's virtual meeting. Considering it was the first time using Zoom for many, everything went pretty smoothly. If you missed the meeting, you can find Steve Robinson's presentation at Buffalo Bayou interim report presentation.pdf

The public comment period is open through November 2. Individuals interested in responding may send email to BBTRS@usace.army.mil or postal mail to USACE Galveston District, ATTN: BBTRS, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX, 77553. 

There are two more virtual informational meetings being held by the USACE: 
  • Thursday, October 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM 
  • Monday, October 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM 
The full report and instructions for connecting to the USACE virtual information sessions can be found at links below: 
One last thing. Randy wants to know everybody who received the USACE postcard shown below. If you received one of these or know who in your community did, please email rjones@terravisions.net



Study Interim Report Summary Presentation

posted Oct 14, 2020, 6:18 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood


Linked below is a summary presentation of the US Army Corps of Engineers’ October 2020 interim feasibility report of the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study given by Steve Robinson with the law firm Allen Boone Humphries Robinson. Steve will discuss this interim report in a Zoom virtual meeting of the Memorial Super Neighborhood delegation and registered parties this Thursday evening (tomorrow) starting at 6:30 PM. 


Zoom meeting details below: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 713 234 0604
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,7132340604# US (Houston)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 713 234 0604
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kjCxnKzBT  


The previously announced information about the upcoming US Army Corps of Engineers virtual information sessions and comment submittal regarding the interim report on the USACE Buffalo Bayou Resiliency Study are available by following these links: 

USACE Buffalo Bayou Interim Report

posted Oct 11, 2020, 2:46 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Oct 11, 2020, 3:47 PM ]

Dear Neighbors, 

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released their Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Report. The report details the findings and recommendations resulting from studies initiated in response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. A number of project alternatives are presented including a major widening of Buffalo Bayou from the dams all the way to downtown and the ship channel. The public comment period closes on November 2, 2020. 

The Memorial Super Neighborhood is organizing a special meeting to gather feedback from our members so that we may provide a unified response. The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom on Thursday, October 15 starting at 6:30 PM. Please plan to attend. Zoom meeting details below: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 713 234 0604
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,7132340604# US (Houston)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 713 234 0604
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kjCxnKzBT  

The full interim report and details about informational public meetings are available at the links below. 


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