March 2020 Newsletter
Meeting Cancellations: Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a proclamation declaring a Local State of Disaster due to a Public Health Emergency to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from spreading. As a result of the emergency order, all City sponsored, co-sponsored and permitted events are cancelled through the end of April. Thus, all Complete Communities meetings have been postponed. As new dates are set, we will update the Complete Communities website with the latest information. Thank you. See press release about coronavirus health concerns .
RESILIENT HOUSTON STRATEGY:
Mayor Turner launches the Resilient Houston strategy and signs historic executive order to prepare the city for future disasters

On February 12, 2020 Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Marissa Aho, the city of Houston's Chief Resilience Officer, Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Managing Director, North America, Global Resilient Cities Network and Jason Klein, Vice President – U.S. Energy Transition Strategy, Shell Oil Company, to release Resilient Houston, a framework to help the city mitigate flooding risks and improve climate readiness.  Read more about Resilient Houston .
INCLUSIVE PROSPERITY:
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Regions Bank Announces Tuition-Free, Harvard-Level Training Program for Entrepreneurs

The Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities, Regions Bank and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) hosted an Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Houston Kick-Off Breakfast on Thursday, February 13. Applications are now being accepted from small-business owners who are interested in growing their companies through a tuition-free program that Regions Bank is recruiting to Houston. Nominations for Inclusive Prosperity are due by Friday, April 24, 2020. Read more about Inclusive Prosperity .
Community Toolbox
SUMMER JOBS:
Hire Houston Youth

Starting now, employers and youth can visit www.HireHoustonYouth.org to get started. Companies can also donate to the Hire Houston Youth Foundation at www.hirehoustonyouth.org/donate . You can also post your jobs at www.hirehoustonyouth.org/employer.

Before Mayor Sylvester Turner came into office, the City of Houston offered 450 summer jobs. In 2016, Mayor Turner increased the number of jobs to over 1,100. Each year, there has been a steady increase from 1,100 to 5,000 to 7,500. In 2019, Mayor Turner set an ambitious goal of 10,000 job opportunities. The City exceeded this goal and provided access to over 11,400 jobs. More jobs are planned for 2020. Read more about Hiring Houston Youth .
FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTERS (FEC)

Interested in connecting with a financial counselor? Visit www.houstontx.gov/fec or call 713-776-4700 ext. 405 to reach the Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) in Magnolia Park or 832-393-1125 to reach the FEC in Acres Home.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives of national nonprofit organization Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and Regions Bank opened two FEC's to provide one-to-one, professional financial counseling to Houstonians at no cost to residents.
FECs are located at the Acres Homes Multi Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd., 77091, in north Houston and the Magnolia Multi Service Center, 7037 Capitol St., 77011, in the city’s East End area. Read more about Financial Empowerment Centers .
Community Updates
Stay up to date on all Complete Communities neighborhood action plans, activities, and accomplishments! Read more about 10 Complete Communities.
Fort Bend Houston

Willowridge Students learn about the importance of Census 2020: Planning Department staff visited students of the Willowridge High School government class to talk about Census 2020 and being counted. Over 100 students attended this presentation about the importance of completing the surveys and ways to participate. 
State of the District Meeting: Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Martha Castex-Tatum held a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 5, at Fountain Life Center. Hundreds of residents attended the meeting to hear about District K’s achievements, as well as new development projects and future for the District. Fourteen exhibitors were available to talk about those projects in detail, including the Planning Department who provided information about Complete Communities progress in Fort Bend Houston and Census 2020. Read more about Fort Bend Houston.
Kashmere Gardens
Kashmere Gardens Community Priorities Survey: The most recent Complete Communities meeting in Kashmere Gardens was held on Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. at Kashmere Gardens Elementary School. Participants prioritized projects for the Kashmere Gardens Complete Communities Action Plan. If you were not able to attend the meeting, you can still participate by taking the survey, available in both English and Spanish. Read more about Kashmere Gardens .
Near Northside
Green Upgrades at Avenue Center: Avenue Center, which is currently in the construction phase, will include solar roof panels and other sustainable amenities thanks to a nearly $200,000 gift from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. Read more about Near Northside .
Sunnyside

Third Meeting : Over 200 residents, elected officials, and stakeholders attended the third Sunnyside Complete Communities public meeting on Tuesday February 11, 2020. The meeting was held at the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center and led by Sunnyside Planner Lindsey Williams. Residents were given a warm welcome from their City Councilmember, Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz.   If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can still participate by taking the survey . Read more about Sunnyside.