Mayor Announces Complete Communities Expansion! 
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the addition of five new neighborhoods to the Complete Communities program on June 20! The new neighborhoods are Alief, Kashmere Gardens, Fort Bend Houston, Magnolia Park - Manchester, and Sunnyside. The announcement was made at a community celebration at Eastwood Park in Second Ward to showcase examples of the program's progress. Information about the announcement can be found here in the  press release
 
The work in these neighborhoods will help develop solutions that are transferable to other communities in Houston, creating One Complete City! Visit the Complete Communities  page  for information on the program and newly designated communities. 
Tell us what you think about Housing & Community!   
The City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department is developing five-year strategies that will guide approximately $250 million in housing and community development funding for programs and services that support low and moderate-income Houstonians. 

Take the Community Needs Survey   here   and tell us how we can help meet your housing and community development needs. You may win a $100 Visa Gift Card for completing a survey! 

Surveys are also available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese languages. Thank you. 
Each of the designated Complete Communities has an extensive web site with data, statistic, plans and more. These community highlights provide sources and links, and shine a spotlight on projects and events within the communities.   
Acres Home
Carver Road, Dolly Wright and West Little York Safety:  On May 30, the Mayor's Office of Complete Communities led a Complete Communities Action Plan Update for Acres Home. Staff from various city departments, including Planning & Development (P&D), Housing & Community Development, and Parks & Recreation presented projects being implemented from the Action Plan.
Planning's Transportation Division presented roadway safety design concepts for Carver Road, Dolly Wright and West Little York to improve safety for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians in Acres Home. View the Action Plan Update  presentation  and  handout   online, and learn more about our proposals on our project web site.
We seek your feedback! Please complete our  survey  to provide input on Acres Home transportation, housing and parks projects. Responses will be collected through July 31.

Coordinating Team: Visit  Acres Home   web page for details. A Planner for Acres Home is available at 832-393-6600 or via  CC_AcresHome@houstontx.gov
Alief
Welcome:  The Alief neighborhood was one of five new Complete Communities announced by Mayor Turner on June 20. We would like to welcome residents to the program and we look forward to engaging with this new community. We look forward to hearing from you about the community and the work being done already!

Community Meetings:  Several groups already meet regularly in Alief. See the list below if you are interested in becoming more engaged with your community. If we missed your organization, please contact us and let us know when your meetings take place.
 
  • Alief Super Neighborhood Joint Meeting: Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm, at the Alief Community Center.
 
  • International District - Public Safety Committee: Meets on Thursday, July 18, at 11 am, at International District Office, 11360 Bellaire Ste. 960, 77072.


Coordinating Team:  Visit  Alief   web page for details. The Planner for Alief is Abraham Zorrilla. He will be assisted by Veronica Hernandez, Senior Community Liaison with the Department of Neighborhoods. If you work closely with the Alief community, please contact us at 832-393-6600 or via   CC_Alief@houstontx.gov.  
Fort Bend Houston

Coordinating Team: Visit   Fort Bend Houston  web page for details. The Planner for Fort Bend Houston is Tonya Sawyer. You can reach her at 832-393-6600 or via CC_FortBendHouston@houstontx.gov.
Gulfton
Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council:  The Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council meetings are held every third Monday of the month. The next meeting will be held in August, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive, from 12 - 1 pm. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the Gulfton Super Neighborhood at  gulftonsnc@gmail.com

Opportunity Zones:  The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created an economic development tool to spur long-term invest and job creation in economically-distressed communities through tax benefits. The Gulfton Complete Communities area has been designated as an eligible Opportunity Zone. Please contact P&D at 832-393-6600 if you have questions.

Orientation for Individuals Granted Asylum: Orientation will be held every third Thursday of the month, August through October, from 1 - 3 pm, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive.

Back to School Health Fair:  A Health Fair, sponsored by ABC Dental Family Dentistry, will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 8 - 11 am, at 6704 Hillcroft St, 77081.
Hillcroft Design Forum:  A forum was held on June 26 at the Southwest Multi-Service Center. Area high school students participated in a 7-week STEM project. The students will parallel work with the Houston Public Works Department's Traffic Engineers to design a better safety design on Hillcroft Ave. Forum partners included Together for Safer Roads, Traffic Engineers Inc., Connect Community and TXRX labs. 
Bike Ride:  A bike ride was held in Gulfton on June 8 at St. Luke's Methodist Church - Gethsemane campus. The purpose of the ride was to test out the proposed City of Houston bikeways route in Gulfton. Thanks to those who participated!

Coordinating Team:  Visit  Gulfton  web page for details. The Planners for Gulfton are Tonya Sawyer and Abraham Zorrilla. You can reach them at 832-393-6600 or via   CC_Gulfton@houstontx.gov .  

Kashmere Gardens
Welcome:  The Kashmere Gardens neighborhood was one of five new Complete Communities announced by Mayor Turner on June 20. We would like to welcome residents to the program and look forward to engaging with this new community. We look forward to hearing from you about the community and the work being done already!
 
Community Meetings: Several groups already meet regularly in the Kashmere Gardens area. See the list below if you are interested in becoming more engaged with your community. If we missed your organization, please contact us and let us know when your meetings take place.
 
  • Kashmere Gardens Super Neighborhood #52: Meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center, 4802 Lockwood Drive, 77026.
 
  • Northeast Concerned Citizens Civic League: Meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center, 4802 Lockwood Drive, 77026.
 

Coordinating Team:  Visit   Kashmere Gardens  web page for details. The Planner for Kashmere Gardens is Davonte Caldwell. He will be assisted by Kelli Bradford, a Community Liaison with the Department of Neighborhoods. If you work closely with the Kashmere Gardens community, please contact us at 832-393-6600 or via   CC_KashmereGardens@houstontx.gov .

Magnolia Park - Manchester 
Welcome:  The Magnolia Park - Manchester neighborhood was one of five new Complete Communities announced by Mayor Turner on June 20. We would like to welcome residents to the program and we look forward to engaging with this new community!

Community Meetings:  Several groups already meet regularly in the Magnolia Park - Manchester area. See the list below if you are interested in becoming more engaged with your community. If we missed your organization, please contact us and let us know when your meetings take place.

  • Magnolia Park Super Neighborhood and Harrisburg/Manchester Super Neighborhood Joint Meeting: Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the Magnolia Multi-Service Center.

  • Greater Magnolia Park/Pineview Place Civic Club: Meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 pm at Magnolia Multi-Service Center.


Coordinating Team:  Visit   Magnolia Park - Manchester  web page for details. The Planner for Magnolia Park - Manchester is David Welch. He will be assisted by Mayra Hypolite, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator with the Department of Neighborhoods. If you work closely with the Magnolia Park-Manchester community, please contact us at 832-393-6600 or   CC_MagnoliaPark-Manchester@houstontx.gov .

Near Norths ide
Super Neighborhood #51 Meeting : A special Super Neighborhood #51 meeting was held on June 27 at the Leonel Castillo Community Center. Representatives from the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research informed the attendees about their study of the resiliency of the Near Northside area. The Kinder Institute will be looking at the five pilot Complete Communities, of which Near Northside is one. The next Super Neighborhood #51 meeting in July will resume to regular business. Super Neighborhood #51 meetings are held every fourth Thursday of the month at the Leonel Castillo Community Center, at 2101 South Street. Spanish translations are provided at the meetings by Antena Houston.
Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the Bikeways Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
Northside Regional Bikeways Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:  A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. at Earl Henderson Park, 4250 Elysian Street, to celebrate the new network of high comfort bike lanes. The new bike lanes are on Hardy, Elysian, Kelley, and Lyons Street. These efforts are part of the City of Houston and Harris County BUILD 50 Challenge, in partnership with METRO, Houston Parks Board, BikeHouston and other partners to build 50 miles of on and off street bikeways within a year. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia, and Council Member Karla Cisneros were in attendance. Several citizens brought their bikes to participate in the inaugural Northside Regional bikeway ride.


Coordinating Team:  Visit   Near Northside  web page for details. The Planner for Near Northside is Davonte Caldwell. You can reach him at 832-393-6600 or via  CC_ NearNorthside@houstontx.gov .  
Second Ward
Barrio Del Alacran Mural:   The mural next to Doña Maria restaurant by artist ARTKUNGFU needs rehabilitation. To support the effort to revive this artwork, please contact the restaurant at
713-224-3317.

Opportunity Zones:  The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created an economic development tool to spur long-term invest and job creation in economically-distressed communities through tax benefits. All of the Second Ward Complete Community has been designated as an eligible Opportunity Zone. Please contact Tonya Sawyer at 832-393-6600 if you have questions about Opportunity Zones.

Constant Contact List:  Sign up for the Second Ward Constant Contact list  here  to ensure you receive information on future happenings in Second Ward. 


Coordinating Team:  Visit  Second Ward   web page for details. The Planner for Second Ward is David Welch. You can reach him at 832-393-6600 or via  CC_SecondWard@houstontx.gov .
Sunnyside
Welcome:  The Sunnyside neighborhood was one of five new Complete Communities announced by Mayor Turner on June 20, 2019. We would like to welcome residents to the program and we look forward to engaging with this new community! We look forward to hearing from you about the community and the work being done already!

2019 Will-A-Thon:  A session to assist with preparing a will is going to be held on Thursday, July 25, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Location/ Ubicación is the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center at 9314 Cullen Boulevard, 77033. Deadline to register is Friday, June 21. Call 713-228-0735 to sign up!
 

Coordinating Team:  Visit   Sunnyside   web page for details. The Planner for Sunnyside is Lynn Henson. She will be assisted by Angela Solis, a Neighborhood Liaison with the Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office. If you work closely with the Sunnyside community, please contact us at 832-393-6600 or via   CC_Sunnyside@houstontx.gov.

Third Ward
Autonomous shuttle photo credit: Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX 

Region's First Autonomous Shuttle Connects Communities:  An autonomous shuttle is carrying passengers for the first time ever in the Houston area. An autonomous vehicle might also be a considered as a robotic, self-driving, or a driverless vehicle. It operates along a one-mile stretch known as "Tiger Walk" on the campus of Texas Southern University (TSU). The 12 passenger EasyMile shuttle, operated by First Transit, is being tested as part of a research project. It will study autonomous vehicle technology and its potential to help transit agencies better serve smaller neighborhoods and hard-to-reach areas by connecting them to public transportation. For the press release, click  here . Interested in touring Houston's first ever autonomous shuttle; taking a ride into the future? Email   innovations@ridemetro.org   for more information. Tours available only on Fridays.
Money Health & Wealth Financial Literacy Series:  The next "Debt Management" program is being offered on Tuesday, August 20, (Martes, Agosto 20) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nubia Square Apartment Community Center, 3711 Southmore, 77004. 


Coordinating Team:  Visit   Third Ward   web page for details. The Planner for Third Ward is Lynn Henson. You can reach her at 832-393-6600 or via   CC_ThirdWard@houstontx.gov .
Disaster Recovery - Hurricane Harvey:  Still need help with recovery from Hurricane Harvey? Please visit   recovery.houstontx.gov  or call 832-393-0550.

Smart City : Houston is embracing technology to be a Smart City; one which uses data and emerging technology to improve the quality of life for citizens, share information with the public, drive economic growth and build a more inclusive society. Visit  here  for details.

Super Neighborhood Profiles:  The Planning & Development Department recently added the 2017 Super Neighborhoods Profiles to our Demographics page . It has a filterable list, so that a site visitor can easily find their respective neighborhood. Click   here   for the Super Neighborhoods 2017 Profiles.

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