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Complete Communities Updates
News from your City of Houston
Planning & Development Department
City of HoustonJanuary 2019

Happy New Year! 


 
  

The Planning & Development Department and Complete Communities team wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! We look forward to working with you this year to continue the enhancement and strengthening of our communities. All the best in 2019!
 


Complete Communities University and Office
    
To support each Complete Community as they work to execute their action plans, a training program was developed to support their activities - Complete Communities University (CCU). Classes held in October were designed to strengthen the existing skills of community leaders as they implement goals, actions and project aspirations laid out in each community's Action Plan. For more information on the program, or to access presentations and videos of the sessions, visit CCU.

Mayor Sylvester Turner provided closing remarks at the CCU workshop, reaffirming his dedication to the Complete Communities program and announced the creation of the Office of Complete Communities. This new mayoral office will be key to assisting implementation of action items in each area. For application information about these new staffing positions, click on links below.




UAE's $6.5 million gift includes projects in Complete Communities
   
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consul General in Houston, Saeed Al Mehairi, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo courtesy of Mayor's Office Media Release.
 
Avenue Training and Education Center (Near Northside): Avenue CDC has hosted its Housing Recovery Resources Center in a vacant building since Hurricane Harvey. Avenue CDC will receive approximately $2.6 million to construct a new, permanent location for the Avenue Center which will serve as a community resource hub. The center will also provide space for an early childhood education center, post-disaster housing counseling, homeownership programs and meeting space. The center will be located directly north of downtown Houston, and will be equipped to support the community during any potential future weather events or disaster recovery.
 
Flores Neighborhood Library (Second Ward):  The Flores Neighborhood Library has been closed since being damaged by the Hurricane Harvey flood. The city library will receive $800,000 to re-build and re-open. Funding will also provide for upgrades to the library's programming and computer lab and the purchase of new furniture.
 
Other Projects: The United Arab Emirates generous gift will also support the creation of a short-term housing facility for the Homeless Navigation Center and the expansion of Houston Health Department services, including new mobile health clinics.
 
See Mayor's full media release.

Community Highlights
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
T4T: On December 1, 2018, several of the Acres Home A-Team leaders (pictured above) graduated from LISC-Houston's Training for Trainers (T4T) Cohort. The leadership development training was a series of six monthly training sessions focused on principles such as shared leadership and conflict resolution.

Y-ABC: The Young Adults Building Communities (Y-ABC) project in Acres Home launched on December 3, 2018. Y-ABC is a free program designed to empower young people, 18-30 years of age, through training and experimental learning, to become a voice for positive changes in their community.
 
Contact Information: The planner for Acres Home is Christa Stoneham. You can reach her at 832-393-6600 or CC_AcresHome@houstontx.gov.
 


Gulfton
 
NST Meetings: Our next Neighborhood Support Team (NST) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 6 - 7:30 pm. Please confirm these details with Gulfton Planning staff. The meeting is expected to be held at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star. If you would like to join a work group committee, please visit the Complete Communities website and sign up today under the Gulfton page.
 
Southwest Providers Meeting : A meeting will be held at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, located at 6400 High Star, on Wednesday, January 16, from 10 - 11:30 am.
 
Spirit of Service: YMCA will host an annual Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 9 am - 12 pm, at the Ashford Santa Fe Apartments and Etoile Academy for ages 6 and up. To register please email Tamina.Allen@ymcahouston.org.

Houston Poet Laureate Youth Workshop:  Hosted by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, this event will take place Friday, January 25, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, at the Houston Public Library Express Southwest Library, 6400 High Star. For more information, call 832-393-1099.

Gulfton Super Neighborhood: The Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council monthly meeting is every third Monday of the month. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 28, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star, from 12 - 1 pm. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the Gulfton Super Neighborhood at gulftonsnc@gmail.com .
 
METRO Community Meeting: METRO is holding a meeting on Thursday, February 7,  at the Southwest Multi Service Center, located at 6400 High Star, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
   
Contact Information: The planners for Gulfton are Tonya Sawyer and Abraham Zorrilla. You can reach them at 832-393-6600 or CC_Gulfton@houstontx.gov  


Near Northside 

Super Neighborhood 51: This month's Super Neighborhood Council #51 (SNC #51) meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 6 pm at the Leonel Castillo Community Center. Monthly reports will be made by members of the SNC #51 committees, which have been recently formed through the organization. These current committees are: Business/Commercial and Housing Development, City Council/Local Government, Community Engagement/Civic Group, Crime and Safety/Police/Regulatory Affairs, Historic Preservation/Neighborhood Beautification, Media, and School/PTO. If you are interested in joining one of these committees, you can sign up at a future meeting, or you can contact the Super Neighborhood at snc51houston@gmail.com.

Little Free Libraries in Near Northside: The private organization, Houston Department of Transformation (Hou DOTr), has successfully installed six little free libraries in the Near Northside with the support from Avenue CDC, Houston LISC, HISD schools, and the Near Northside community. The community is welcome to drop off books at any of the available locations, book donations are also accepted. Everyone is welcome to take a book, share it, or return it.  Hou DOTr's mission is to use civic engagement and tactical urbanism to create safe and beautiful communities. Tactical urbanism refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost interventions to catalyze long-term change. Hou DOTr meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Avenue CDC Homeownership Center, 707 Quitman.
 
Contact Information: The planner for Near Northside is Davonte Caldwell. You can reach him at 832-393-6600 or CC_NearNorthside@houstontx.gov.  

    

As we begin a new year, there are several ongoing meetings and events happening in the Second Ward Complete Community that residents should be aware of:

Second Ward Super Neighborhood #63 Bi-Monthly Meetings: For important updates on what is happening in your community, please attend regular Second Ward Super Neighborhood #63 meetings. Meetings take place every other month at Ripley House Middle School (4410 Navigation Boulevard) and typically begin at 6:30 pm. Meeting details can be found on their Facebook page.
 
Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ #23) Board Meetings: The Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #23) Board meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 11:30 am at the Greater East End Management District Offices at 3211 Harrisburg Boulevard.
 
Positive Interaction Program (PIP) Meetings for HPD South Central Division: Houston Police Department (HPD) South Central Division holds their monthly PIP meeting at 2202 St. Emanuel on the third Tuesday at 7 pm. For information, please contact Officer E. J. Reyes at 713.526.1255 or Emilio.Reyes@HoustonPolice.org.
 
East End Farmers Market: Every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, the East End Farmers Market is held at Navigation Esplanade (2800 Navigation Boulevard) in front of the historic original Ninfa's Restaurant. For more food and entertainment, also check out the Friday Night Market on the fourth Friday of each month.
 
Second Ward Complete Communities Action Plan: If you were unable to attend the December celebration, copies of the recently released Action Plan will be available at future meetings.

Contact Information: The planners for Second Ward are David Welch and Eriq Glenn. You can reach them at 832-393-6600 or CC_SecondWard@houstontx.gov 
 

Super Neighborhood Meeting CANCELLED: The regularly scheduled Greater Third Ward SN meeting on Thursday, January 17, 6 pm, has been cancelled. Please be on the lookout for information about the February meeting as the location may change.
 
Become a Block Captain: The Northern Third Ward (NTW) Neighborhood Implementation Project has established a Block Captain program. A Block Captain is the master connector between individual residents, the NTW Steering Committee, and other community organizations. To learn more about the program and to sign-up, visit this site.

Get Involved: To be a part of contributing activities in Third Ward, you may join one of the following workgroups: Civic Engagement, Economy and Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Mobility and Infrastructure, Neighborhood Character, Parks and Community Amenities, Safety. To participate in the implementation process on one of the work groups, you may sign up with the online form you will be added to Third Ward notifications. For standard meeting times, see the calendar .

Contact Information: The planners for Third Ward are Lynn Henson and Annette Mitchell. You can reach them at 832-393-6600 or CC_ThirdWard@houstontx.gov.

Tips From the Toolbox: Career Opportunities 
   

Houston Land Bank: Houston Land Bank is looking for some additions to team Land Bank; an Operations Manager and Real Estate Program Manager. Applicants can send a cover letter and resume to info@houstonlandbank.org.
 
AT&T Careers: Interested in being paid to install high-speed broadband, video and voice services with AT & T? Extensive training provided. Apply now. Job and requisition number is 1844648. Complete two assessments, and if you pass the assessment stage, send your first and last name to Paula.Pineda@houstontx.gov for a City of Houston recommendation!  
 
 
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