June 2020 Newsletter
Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Taskforce Town Hall for the Complete Communities
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM CDT

The purpose of this Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Taskforce Town Hall for the Complete Communities is to elevate the concerns of the Round 2 complete communities in the era of COVID-19 : Alief-Westwood, Fort Bend Houston, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester and Sunnyside. During the virtual gathering, you will have an opportunity to review the results of the community survey, elevate specific community concerns and share intercommunity learnings. 

This Town Hall is sponsored by Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force and Bloomberg Associates in conjunction with the Department of Neighborhoods, the Planning and Development Department and the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities.

The audio for this Town Hall will be simulcasted in Spanish, enabling Spanish-speakers to listen in to a translation in real time.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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Grupo de Trabajo de Respuesta a la Equidad en la Salud (H.E.R.) del Ayuntamiento para las Comunidades Completas 
30 de junio de 2020
6:00PM - 7:30PM CDT

El propósito de este Grupo de Trabajo de Respuesta a la Equidad en la Salud (H.E.R.) del Ayuntamiento para las Comunidades Completas es elevar las preocupaciones de las comunidades completas en la era de COVID-19: Alief-Westwood, Fort Bend Houston, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester and Sunnyside. Durante la reunión virtual, tendrá la oportunidad de revisar los resultados de la encuesta de la comunidad, elevar las preocupaciones específicas de la comunidad y compartir el aprendizaje intercomunitario. 

Este ayuntamiento está patrocinado por el Grupo de Trabajo de Respuesta a la Equidad en Salud (H.E.R.) del alcalde Sylvester Turner y Bloomberg Associates en conjunto con el Departamento de Vecindarios, el Departamento de Planificación y Desarrollo y la Oficina del Alcalde de Comunidades Completas.

El audio para este ayuntamiento será transmitido en español, permitiendo a los hispanohablantes a escuchar una traducción en tiempo real.

Regístrese con antelación para esta reunión:

Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.
Community Toolbox
Vision Zero Houston

Eliminate Traffic Deaths: We seek your help to eliminate traffic deaths and make streets safe for everyone! Vision Zero Houston is a commitment to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on Houston streets by 2030 and improve street safety for everyone. Contact us to talk about what safe streets mean to you and help the City of Houston and partners create an equitable approach to ending traffic deaths.Take the VZ Pledge and learn more about Vision Zero at www.visionzerohouston.com . Share this message with your friends, family and neighbors! Questions and comments about Vision Zero can be directed to mobility.planning@houstontx.gov . Thank you!
COVID-19 Resources

As we work to stay healthy as a community, you can visit several online resources. The Houston Public Library has links to national and local virus information. The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department’s COVID-19 Resource Hub . Their interactive map can keep you updated on how we are staying strong and united. Also, Houston Health Department newsletters are available at Houston HealthScope .
Census Chat

Completing the Census Survey is easier now more than ever. Recently, Planning and Development Planner Sasha Marshall Smith was interviewed on Fox News Houston about increasing the Census Response Rates for the City of Houston and the reasons to participate in the Census.
 
“We all hate the potholes and we know that. Take the Census because that helps gets us road improvements and new streets. The Census helps direct funding for pre-school programs, after school programs and for school lunches,” Smith explained.
 
Census data helps inform policymakers on how to fund programs and projects needed in Houston, such as medical care, affordable home development and disaster recovery funding. Without a complete and accurate Census count, communities struggle to be complete without the necessary funding that Census data helps to provide. If only 1% of the population is missed on the 2020 Census, over $250 million dollars will be lost to Houston.
 
Respond today at my2020Census.gov or call 844.330.2020. Click here to watch the Fox 26 News Houston interview and get more information about the Census.  
Community Updates
Stay up to date on all Complete Communities neighborhood action plans, activities, and accomplishments! Read more about the 10 Complete Communities, click here .
Acres Home
To create a more equitable prosperous city, the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities continues to promote innovative projects to address the needs and services for residents and businesses in Acres Home through the creation of the Acres Home Workforce Development Council.

This council was a recommendation from professional consultants with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Consultants recently visited Acres Home and met with several community stakeholders to discuss small business development, corridor revitalization, business attraction, workforce development, small business and commercial assets, and identifying community assets through Opportunity Zones.
 
For more information about the Acres Homes Workforce Development Council, please contact Tonia Kirven, Workforce Council Coordinator, at Tonia.Kirven@houstontx.gov .
Alief/Westwood
Ibn Sina Foundation and CVS open Alief COVID-19 Rapid Test Site: Community clinic system Ibn Sina Foundation and CVS Health have partnered to offer free rapid COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Licensed CVS Health physician’s assistants, nurses and pharmacy staff will swab patients for the virus when they arrive and test results will be provided on the spot. The testing site is located at 11226 S. Wilcrest Drive, and patients can book COVID-19 testing appointments at 281-495-7462.

For more information, please read original article from Houston Chronicle here
Promoting Education Through Computer Giveaway: Council Member Edward Pollard joined Comp-U-Dopt and Communities In Schools of Houston to provide 300 free computers to families in need at Bonham Elementary. Many students in underserved communities were without computers at home when the COVID-19 shutdown began, but with this donation, hundreds of children can keep up with their studies this summer.

"To see the smiles on the kid’s faces was so rewarding. Thank you to CompUDopt and Communities in Schools for all your amazing work in our community , shout out to Council Member Sallie Alcorn for coming to District J and participating as well," said Pollard.


To read more Alief/Westwood, news, click here.
Fort Bend Houston
Air Monitoring Underway in Fort Bend Houston: The Environmental Committee for Fort Bend Houston Super Neighborhood Council #41 is planning to meet with City of Houston leaders. District K, Fire Chief Peña and Houston’s Health Department will work with the Fire Captain at Station #80 to capture ambient air quality canister samples. Samples are located along 2234 FM Rd. from Hiram Clark Rd to Quail Park Rd. The City of Houston Health Department labs will analyze samples to determine the exact composition of high total Volatile Organic Compounds (tVOC). Currently, no meeting time or date is confirmed.
Gulfton
District J Massive Food Distribution: The office of District J partnered with the Houston Food Bank, the Southwest Management District and the Ardenwood Group to host one of Houston’s largest free food distributions to date. The event was held in the parking lot of the PlazAmericas Mall, where thousands of residents lined up to receive up to 80 pounds of food. The distribution included fresh produce, meat, non-perishables and beverages. Mayor Sylvester Turner was on hand to visit with volunteers and help distribute food to residents.

District J would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this possible including the Houston Food Bank, Houston Police Department, S.E.A.L. Security, Kenneth Katz of PlazAmericas, Kenneth Li and Alice Lee of Southwest Management District, Sharpstown Civic Association, Fred Bhandara of the Ardenwood Group, the U. S. Census Bureau, Kapcherd and the city’s Public Works Department (Wendell Allen, Stephon Gladney, Mack Jamison, Dedric Foster, and Nocholas Foster). We also thank the 150-plus volunteers who helped to make this event successful. Click here for more pictures from the food distribution.

SEWN GOODS: A Houston Collaborative: Connect Community has partnered with sewists from neighborhoods across Houston, including Gulfton, to create sewn cloth face masks. To respond to the needs of healthcare workers, public and local businesses, the masks are created to keep their neighbors and city safe. This collaborative supports 100 + jobs to the most vulnerable.

A portion of all masks produced are donated to frontline public and health care workers. For more information visit, https://myconnectcommunity.org/pf/sewn-goods/ .

To read more Gulfton news, click here .
Kashmere Gardens
Free Grab and Go Meals: Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (CRC) has been partnering with Be a Champion, Inc. to provide free grab and go meals. The meals are being provided every Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm at 4300 Lyons Avenue. For more information, contact info@BACHAMP.ORG or call 281-833-3129. 
Magnolia Park-Manchester
Mask Up! Houston: Magnolia Park-Manchester residents can prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face masks in public. For more information on wearing masks, please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/mask-up.html dedicated to Mayor Turner’s Mask Up! campaign for the City of Houston.
Near Northside
Project GRAD Virtual College & Career Planning: Project Grad Houston is offering virtual advising sessions for college and career planning. You can go on www.projectgradhouston.org to schedule a free virtual advising session. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. 
COVID-19 Community Impact Survey: Dr. Mesias Pedroza, from the Natural Science Department at the University of Houston-Downtown, is conducting a survey to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the community, especially among minority and low-income families. Eligible participants must be of age 18 or older. Responses will be kept confidential. The survey is provided in both English and Spanish, and the link is below. For more information, please contact Dr. Mesias Pedroza at pedrozam@uhd.edu .


To read more Near Northside news, click here.
Second Ward
Bridging the Digital Divide: District H Council Member Karla Cisneros is improving digital access for residents in her neighborhoods by providing $100,000 from her Council District budget to equip 550 families in District H with desktop computers. Names will be chosen on Monday, June 15th. Thank you Council Member Cisneros for supporting digital access in Complete Communities!
Census Update: According to the latest update from District H, only 42.4% of households in Second Ward have responded to the Census. Your participation determines funding for a wide variety of programs within Second Ward, the East End, and the City of Houston. Please fill out your form online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone at 844-330-2020. Remember to encourage your neighbors and friends to say “Yes!” to Census 2020.
Sunnyside
Sterling High School COH Fleet Interns Inaugural Class Graduates: The City of Houston first class of fleet interns graduated this May. This is the inaugural year of the program, and COH FMD partnered with students in Sterling Automotive class to apply to shadow mechanics, service writers, parts room associates etc, at the HPD Maintenance Facility on Mykawa. The program began at the top of this semester and concluded last month with a total of 6 graduates. The program helped to enhance department recruiting and expose high school kids in automotive courses to job opportunities with the City of Houston Fleet Department. The program was a great success, and upon graduation two of the graduates signed offer letters with the COH. 
Congratulations to the graduates: Sha’quan S. Baskin, Nya D. Dicks, D’Andre L. Houston, Rixcey L. Manning, Thomas E. Reed, and Rogelio Soto Hernandez.
Third Ward
Houston Honors Its Own: To pay tribute to George Floyd, a Houston native and Jack Yates graduate, allegedly killed by Minnesota police officers during an arrest, Houston artist Alex Roman, Jr. paid tribute to George Floyd by bringing his image to life outside the Scott Food Mart store in Third Ward. The placement of this mural comes as no surprise, Floyd’s mother resided across the street from this mural.
 
Since Floyd’s death, people all over the world have peacefully protested against police brutality and sparked hard conversations about criminal justice reform, social justice, and race relations in America.