District H News
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 17th
Monday, January 17th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of advancing civil rights through nonviolent activism.

Please note that the District H office will be closed Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of MLK Day. You may call 311 with any city-related issue and/or leave a message on the District H voicemail or by email. Please Contact 911 in the case of an emergency.
MLK Day Events
The 44th Original MLK Day Parade and Festival
The City of Houston and The Black Heritage Society honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with a parade led by this year's Grand Marshall, Vanessa Wyche, Johnson Space Center Director.
When: Monday, January 17th, 10:00am
Where: Hermann Square Park, 900 Smith St.
MLK Grande Parade
Held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Annual MLK Grande Parade's theme this year is "Social Inclusion."
When: Monday, January 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Midtown, San Jacinto & Elgin Streets
Houston Marathon This Weekend!
Good luck to all District H runners participating in the 50th Anniversary of the Houston Marathon! The 5K race will be held Saturday morning, the Marathon and the Half-Marathon will take place Sunday morning. There will be some road closures associated with the events. Check out the route here and specific closures here.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human Trafficking is the recruitment or transportation of anyone—using threats, fraud, or force—for the purpose of exploitation. Learn about the proactive, long-term strategies that the City of Houston is taking to address Human Trafficking in Houston here.

The National Human Trafficking Awareness Hotline is 1-888-373-7888. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call now.
Mega COVID-19 Testing Sites & Free Vaccinations
Five Mega Testing Sites are now open for free COVID-19 testing: Delmar Stadium; Butler Stadium; Minute Maid Park; Dave & Busters on Richmond Ave; and Kingwood Community Center. Most sites do NOT require appointments. Find a convenient location and other testing details here.

In addition, the Houston Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at dozens of sites this week. Find a nearby free vaccination site or testing site here, or by calling 832-393-4220. Vaccination and testing at Health Department-affiliated sites do not require proof of residency, citizenship, or insurance.
Mobile App Provides Updates on Waste & Recycling Collection
Looking for updates on trash and recycling collection in your neighborhood? Houston Solid Waste Management has a mobile app that allows residents to be better connected with the City’s waste and recycling collection programs. HTX Collects provides access to collection schedules, service alerts, and proper disposal instructions.

Follow this link to download the app.
Free Child Care Scholarships for the Service Industry
A new program from the Texas Workforce Commission provides 12 months of a free child care scholarship to low-income parents who are employed in the service industry. Parents working in arts, entertainment and recreation, accommodations, food services and retail trade can contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more and apply for this program. Learn more on the Workforce Solutions website.
Affordable Housing
It is "Affordable Housing Season," that time of year when developers can apply for the State’s annual Affordable Housing 9% Tax Credit Program. The State's process, which is operated by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), has an extremely narrow time-frame for developers to submit their applications; the process moves very quickly! Learn more here.

Developers may reach out to civic organizations or to my office to share information about their proposals. I will post all proposals sent to me on the District H website. You can view submitted proposals for District H here. (scroll to bottom of page)
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Applications for assistance must be initiated by phone, via the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hotline. Learn more about how to access these resources here.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline THIS WEEK
Saturday, January 15, 2022, is the last day to enroll in or change plans for 2022 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace through the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace allows people to shop for and compare health insurance coverage that meets their individual needs and budget.
Four out of five enrollees will be able find a plan for $10 or less/month after premium tax credits.

For more information on the Marketplace Open Enrollment period and to view plans, visit healthcare.gov. The site also provides a directory of local assistance options via phone or by email.
Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Caregivers
The Mayor’s Office of Education has partnered with the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD to provide free Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) on Wednesday, January 26th from 9am-2:30pm. The training teaches caregivers how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health challenges among children and adolescents. Participants should register here and complete an online course before the training.
Application Open for HLSR Scholarships
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) awards hundreds of scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited university in Texas. The scholarship application is currently open and closes on February 1, 2022. Applicants do NOT need prior affiliation with HLSR programming. Click here for details and to open an application.
Houston Citizens' Police Academy
The Houston Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) is currently accepting applications for the Spring Session that begins on March 22nd.

The academy offers citizens the opportunity to learn about the internal operations of the Houston Police Department. The CPA speakers, (mostly Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice experts in their fields), provide lectures, demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities for Academy participants.

Find out more about the Houston Citizens' Police Academy and apply here.
Low-Cost Healthcare for Your Pet
BARC's low-cost Wellness Center offers low-cost vaccines, microchips, dewormer, and heartworm and flea prevention, for both dogs and cats. The Wellness Center is open by appointment only.
Pricing and additional details are available here:
AARP Employment Resources
The AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides people over age 55 with job opportunities in their communities. SCSEP trainees work in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities. Trainees also receive specialized training and support services for future employment.

To learn more about eligibility and registration, contact the AARP Foundation's North Houston office at (281) 820-7451.
Job and Training Opportunities
Career Edge 2 Success: Jobs On The Go: Café College at Carnegie Library (1050 Quitman St.) is hosting a career fair on January 15th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The event is for out-of-school youth, aged 16-24. Click here to register.

YouthBuild provides youth ages 16-24 the opportunity to attain their GED and work ready certifications like NCCER and OSHA10, the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience, volunteering in their community and strengthening their leadership skills.  Interested? Apply here.

Free Job Training for Many Careers provided by SERJobs. More info here.

*Please visit the District H Resource Page for more opportunities.*
Need Additional Resources?
Check out our District H Resources Page for links and more information about available resources. Resources are updated every week.
Download the 311 app to your Android or iPhone. When you see an issue in your neighborhood, use the app to report it. You can even include photos! If you prefer to talk directly to a representative about your issue, or want to request information about City resources, birth certificates, elections, and more, call 713-837-0311. Remember: Always call 911 in the case of an emergency!