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Greg Travis counting on you for 2020 Census

posted Aug 19, 2020, 3:02 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

From Greg Travis, Houston City Council Member, District G... 

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

 

NOW is the time to take a STAND.

 

Take the first step to making 

YOUR VOICE HEARD. 

 

Are you tired of being stuck in traffic? Want better schools? 

Did you feel that the Westside of Houston was ignored by the Federal Government during and after Harvey? 

Want another Representative in Congress to represent you? 

If you answered yes to any of these, 

then I need you to do yourself a big favor:  

I need YOU to complete the 2020 Census Form.  

 

We pay more than enough in taxes each year, but for our district to ever have any hope of getting any of it back, we need to show up and be counted in more ways than one. 

 

The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts, and will help government decide how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. 

 

Please fill out the form!

Responding Online

Responding by Phone or call 844-330-2020

Responding by Mail

 

I hope I can COUNT on YOU. 

 

These numbers will be USED. 

 

Make sure YOU have a SAY.  

 

Sincerely, 

Greg Travis

Back to School Fest

posted Jul 26, 2020, 1:08 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood   [ updated Jul 26, 2020, 1:09 PM ]

Via City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods 

If interested in volunteering, please follow the link. All safety precautions will be met. 

Thank you, 
Rene Ruiz 

Sr. Customer Service Representative 
Mayor’s Assistance Office 
Department of Neighborhoods 
City of Houston 


The 10th Annual Mayor’s Back 2 School Fest Presented by Shell will be staged to accommodate necessary CDC protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it will take place as a drive-through event in the NRG Yellow Parking Lot on Friday & Saturday, August 7-8, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We have partnered with the Houston Food Bank and will distribute food, masks, backpacks, and school supplies for Houston-area elementary students and their families. 

**We need help with backpack assembly at the Houston Food Bank and the day of the event.** 

If you are interested in BACKPACK ASSEMBLY, please click here
 
If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING THE DAY OF, please click here
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 
#HOUSTONSTRONG 



Resilient Houston Framework to Include COVID-19 Measures

posted May 19, 2020, 3:03 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Houston Integrates COVID-19 Response and Recovery into Resilient Houston Framework 

Mayor's Office Press Release 

May 18, 2020 -- To effectively navigate through the global coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Sylvester Turner has updated the Resilient Houston plan to include a COVID-19 addendum to guide the city's response to this public health crisis and associated economic impacts.  Resilient Houston is the city's strategy for responding and recovering from unexpected shocks and systemic stresses, such as a hurricane, flooding, cyberattacks, or terrorism. 

"We did not develop a resilience plan to put it on a shelf and keep it there," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "The City of Houston is using it in real time to provide relief during the COVID-19 public health crisis and the national economic downturn. It will guide us as we approach hurricane season, summer heatwaves, and other resilience challenges, that Houstonians know too well." 

Resilient Houston, first released in February 2020, is the city's framework for addressing urban resilience challenges at multiple scales. It develops a vision for Houston as a healthy place to live; an equitable, inclusive and affordable city; a leader in climate adaptation; a city that grows up, not out; and a transformative economy that builds forward. With the COVID-19 global pandemic and associated economic challenges, this vision and associated goals, targets, and actions are more critical than ever. The COVID-19 addendum to Resilient Houston helps Houston to manage the crisis while building its future. 

"The COVID-19 addendum details how Houston can apply our existing framework to the challenge at hand and how the City and our partners can prioritize the actions we take to maximize the benefits for Houstonians," said Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer. 

The COVID-19 addendum identifies 42 of Resilient Houston's 62 actions and how they apply to ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery phases, including emergency response, stabilization, adaptive recovery, and institutionalization. It provides short tangible examples of how the COVID-19 global pandemic has amplified our existing resilience challenges and created new challenges to address. 

"The COVID-19 addendum to Resilient Houston will help to guide the approach we take to COVID-19 recovery, which will prioritize our most at-risk and vulnerable populations and include steps we can take to improve health, equity and access, and the economy," said Marvin Odum, COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Czar. 

Examples include how COVID-19 impacts employment and workforce development, supporting small businesses and products made locally, increasing equitable access to open recreational space for physical and mental health, equitable community engagement during recovery, and leveraging smart city infrastructure to better track public health data. 

The COVID-19 addendum was developed by Houston's Chief Resilience Officer with pro bono support from HR&A Advisors to analyze Resilient Houston's goals and actions in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic and develop a framework for phasing resilience actions. 

About the City of Houston's Resilience Office

Marissa Aho, AICP, the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Houston, leads the city's resilience efforts, including the development and implementation of the Resilient Houston strategy, launched in February 2020. Resilient Houston is focused on building resilience at every scale and is organized into five chapters, 18 goals and targets, and 62 actions. Each chapter identifies actions for increasing the resilience of Houstonians, our neighborhoods, our bayous, our city, and our region.

To access Resilient Houston and the Covid-19 addendum (page 174-176), visit https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/Resilient-Houston-20200518-single-page.pdf

For more information about Houston's resilience program, visit https://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/chief-resilience-officer.html


COVID-19 Testing

posted May 19, 2020, 2:54 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

From Rene Ruiz 

I hope you are all safe at this time. As a community you may never know who may be in need of free testing. The nearest free testing site for the Westside is at Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Road, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and is active until further notice. For anyone in need of this service please call 832-393-4220 for access code. 

Thank you, 

Rene Ruiz 
Sr. Customer Service Representative 
Mayor’s Assistance Office 
Department of Neighborhoods 


Anyone, regardless of symptoms, may receive a FREE COVID-19 test at our drive-thru testing sites. Call 832-393-4220 for access code and directions to nearest site. A FEMA contractor calls with test results, also made available through the LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics website, as described in this document. 

After Hours 

If you reach our call center after hours, are requesting a test for you or someone else, and plan to come in the following day, please complete a prescreening application. 

Prescreening space is limited and will close once capacity is reached. Unique IDs are valid for 24 hours. 

ALERTHOUSTON 

Houston Health Department and partners to offer more than a dozen free COVID-19 test sites week of May 18 

Houstonians will continue to benefit from easier access to free COVID-19 tests as the Houston Health Department and its partner agencies offer 13 testing sites across the city the week of May 18, focusing on vulnerable communities. 

Texas Division of Emergency Management 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the health department will open four drive-thru test sites at these locations: 

Hilliard Elementary School, 8115 East Houston Street, May 18-20 
Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School, 5100 Polk Street, May 18-20  
B.C. Elmore Elementary School, 8200 Tate Street, May 21-23 
John R. Harris Elementary School, 801 Broadway Street, May 21- 23 
TDEM sites require appointments, obtained by calling 512-883-2400 or visiting txcovidtest.org. The sites will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until each reaches its daily capacity of 250 tests. 

United Memorial Medical Center 

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) and the health department will extend operations at an existing site and open five new drive-thru sites May 18-22 at these locations: 

Fonwood Early Childhood Center, 9709 Mesa Drive, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Road, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
United Memorial Medical Center, 510 W Tidwell Road, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott Street, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Griggs EC/PK/K School, 801 Regional Park Drive, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Houston Community College-Southeast testing site, 6815 Rustic Street, which opened May 7, will continue operations through May 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

UMMC sites do not require people to have symptoms or appointments and have a daily capacity of 250 tests each.

People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com.

Houston Health Department Community-Based Sites

The health department continues to operate two free drive-thru COVID-19 community-based testing sites open to anyone, regardless of symptoms. Each site has capacity for 500 tests per day and opens daily until capacity is reached.

People must call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 to receive an access code and directions to the nearest community-based site.

Kroger Health

Kroger Health and the health department will operate a free drive-thru test site at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Drive, May 19-23.

The site requires appointments by visiting krogerhealth.com/covidtesting. The site will operate 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 175 tests.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

The health department is also providing test kits, lab access and equipment to four local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are:

Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565
El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880
Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027 and
Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 877-596-6192.
FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.

Stay Informed

Houstonians should visit HoustonEmergergency.org/covid19 for test site information and updates about the COVID-19 response.




City Council Virtual Meetings Starting May 19

posted May 18, 2020, 6:36 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

The City of Houston Announces Public Participation Guidelines as City Council Begins Virtual Meetings on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 

Mayor's Office Press Release 

May 15, 2020 -- Consistent with Governor Greg Abbott’s suspension of various provisions of the Open Meetings Act, effective the May 19, 2020 meeting and until further notice, to reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission, Houston City Council meetings will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams [*]. 

Public comment will be allowed via teleconference; no one will be allowed to appear in person in the Council Chamber. The meeting will also be broadcast on HTV, the City of Houston’s municipal channel, and streamed on the City’s website at https://www.houstontx.gov/htv/index.html and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/HoustonTelevision/videos/

To speak remotely at the May 19, 2020 Council Meeting: 
  • All speakers must register in advance (Monday, May 18, 2020 by 5 p.m.). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting starting at 2 p.m. 
  • If you need translation services, please notify staff when registering. 
  • You will need to call in prior to the start of the meeting. The number to call is: (936) 755-1521; Conference ID# 839 659 132#. 
  • Please note that you must remain on mute until the Mayor recognizes you to speak. 
  • When your name is called, press *6 to unmute yourself, and again, to mute yourself after your timed comments are heard. You will then have 1, 2, or 3, minutes to speak and then the bell will ring. 
  • If you speak out of turn, the meeting administration may mute you. If you speak again out of turn, you may be removed from the meeting. 
  • If you did not register in advance, you will not be recognized to speak. 
  • Speakers who are late or do not speak up when their name is called will not be able to speak. 
  • Please hang up or disconnect to leave the meeting. 
  • Please note that phone numbers of public speakers may show during the broadcast and recording of the Council Meeting. 
The recording of a public meeting subject to the Open Meetings Act is public information under the Texas Public Information Act. 

[* TEAMS is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation] 


Distribution of Face Masks

posted Apr 30, 2020, 11:19 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

From Council Member Greg Travis 
April 30, 2020 

Dear Friends and Neighbors: 

I appreciate Mayor Turner providing 5,000 additional face masks to our office in hopes that any residents needing or wanting them are able to obtain appropriate facial coverings. 

It is critical these masks are distributed to the most vulnerable residents in District G - this includes the elderly, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and those who cannot afford to purchase masks for themselves or their family. To that end, I will not be haphazardly distributing our limited supply of face masks. 

Below is a list of local organizations and churches that have agreed to help distribute these masks. If you meet the criteria above and are in need of a mask please call the phone number listed and arrange for a pick-up at the location most convenient for you. Some of these locations are only able to operate during certain hours so please remember to call beforehand. 

These additional organizations have received masks from our office (If we are allocated more masks, we will update this list with new pickup locations): 

St. Philip Presbyterian Church (713) 622-4807 
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (713) 622-5710 
Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism (713) 782-4162 
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (713) 490-9544 

These organizations received an allotment of masks on Monday:

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (713) 468-8356 ext. 119 
Ashford United Methodist Church (281) 497-1146 
St. John Vianney Catholic Church (281) 497-1500 

Sincerely, 

Greg Travis 

New Lease Fee for City Trash Containers

posted Apr 27, 2020, 11:54 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

For our delegate HOAs that do not use private contract garbage and recycle collection service. Please send comments, concerns, etc. to Council Member Greg Travis. 

Via Julia Retta: 

Council Member Kamin wanted you to be aware of an item on this week's agenda to create a new fee for the "Lease and Management of Containers for Garbage and Recyclables for Residential Units." This is Item 16 and you can find the RCA language here: https://houston.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=19574&MeetingID=428 

"The Chapter 39 update establishes a cart lease fee of $0.57 per container, or $1.14 per customer household served.  The applied lease payment will provide proper maintenance and replacement levels for the city’s container inventory.  The updated asset management program places the City operation on par with other major Texas cities container management programs.   The lease fund will support appropriate purchasing levels of both black and green containers; replacement parts and tools; rolling stock; and personnel to support deliveries and customer service in the four solid waste operations quadrants.  The lease charge will appear on customer monthly water bills beginning effective July 1, 2020." 

We wanted you all to know about this ASAP. I suspect the item will be tagged giving us another week to review, and for your information, we are planning a broader email to our civic clubs and email list early next week, but are trying to get more information first. 

Please let us know of any feedback, concerns, questions. 

Thank you for your leadership! 


COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

posted Apr 27, 2020, 11:26 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Releases COVID-19 Community Resource Guide 

Washington, April 24, 2020 

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released a COVID-19 Community Resource Guide to ensure residents across Texas’ Seventh Congressional District have access to essential information on the different resources available during the pandemic. The COVID-19 Community Resource Guide includes information on local and federal resources, health guidance from Harris County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, small business assistance, frequently asked questions, and more. 

“As our community responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all navigating real challenges in our lives.  Helping our community combat these challenges is one of my top priorities, which is why I am glad to share our COVID-19 Community Resource Guide,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “I want to make it as easy as possible to navigate the various avenues of support available — from health care to nutrition to small business assistance — as well as answer some of the most frequently asked questions. I hope families across our district find these resources helpful, and my office will continue to provide assistance with any additional inquiries.” 

The COVID-19 Community Resource Guide provides a wide range of resources in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.  You can access the guide here



COVID-19 City Virtual Town Hall

posted Apr 27, 2020, 11:05 AM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

Tune in to the Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall on Tues., April 28th at 5 p.m.  The Town Hall will feature Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Rep Sylvia Garcia, State Senator Carol Alvarado, Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn and other local health experts. 

You can watch live on the Houston Municipal Channels @HTVHouston’s Facebook page and Channel 16. 

Mary Benton 
Director of Communications 
Office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner 


Fill out your Census 2020 form at home

posted Mar 31, 2020, 12:46 PM by Memorial Super Neighborhood

From Rene Ruiz: 

Hope you are doing well during this time of Stay Home Work Safe order. While several families are home we would like to remind them the importance of filling out their Census form. Please assist the City of Houston by sending this out via email and thru your newsletters. The attached updated graphic puts the call for Census participation in the context of the Stay Home Work Safe order, as follows: 

Take the Census from the safety of your own home at www.my2020census.gov or 1-844-330-2020. 


Thank You, 
Rene Ruiz 
Sr. Customer Service Representative 
Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office 
Department of Neighborhoods 
City of Houston 
900 Bagby City Hall Annex 
Ground Level 
Houston, TX 77002 

832-393-0939 Direct 
832.393.0955 Main 
713.865.3397 Cell 
832-393-0952 Fax 

Rene.Ruiz@houstontx.gov 

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