District H News
Happy Juneteenth!
The nation's newest US Federal Holiday, Juneteenth marks the date in 1866 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston were finally notified of their freedom. Bring your family and join the celebration at the many events happening across the City.
Please note that all City Offices, including District H, will be closed Monday, June 20th in observance of the holiday.

"Black is Primary" Juneteenth Festival
When: Sat, Jun 18th, 9am-12am
Where: POST, 401 Franklin St
Learn more here.

9th Annual Juneteenth Parade & Festival
When: Sat, Jun 18th, Parade: 10am-12pm
Where: Parade begins at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery
Learn more here.

Juneteenth Tour: "Markers, Murals & Mains" (including a visit to Independence Heights)
When: Sat, Jun 18th, 10am-12pm
Where: Tour begins at the African American Library at The Gregory School, 1300 Victor St
Learn more here.

Hardy Community Outreach's "Harmony in the Community"
When: Sat, Jun 18th, 12-7pm
Where: Earl Henderson Park, 4250 Elysian St
Learn more here.

Houston Professional Musicians Association's (HPMA) Juneteenth Musical Celebration
When: Sun, Jun 19th, 1-5pm
Where: Union Hall, 5771 Enid St
Learn more here.

"Juneteenth: The Journey to Freedom"
When: Sun, Jun 19th, 8pm
Where: Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr
Learn more here.

Juneteenth North Main Street Marketplace
When: next Sat, Jun 26th, 12-3pm
Where: 7206 N. Main St
Learn more here.
Beat the Heat: City of Houston Resources
The Houston Health Department operates 11 multi-service centers where residents can go to stay cool. Find a list of locations and more details here. To be notified when emergency cooling centers open, please register for AlertHouston notifications or call 3-1-1.
Reliant's Beat the Heat portable air conditioner program assists eligible seniors, disabled individuals and families without means to cool their homes. Please call the Harris County Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301 to learn more. 
If you have home cooling concerns, please call the Houston Health Department Eligibility Service Center at 832-393-4984. 
What Does Your Neighborhood Do When Disaster Strikes?
Community-based disaster preparedness is frequently quite resourceful and innovative, going far beyond the usual list of supplies and weather terms. Council Member Cisneros is compiling a list of best practices that District H neighborhoods have used to help each other during times of disaster or emergency. Please send YOUR neighborhood's best practices to districth@houstontx.gov and we'll share your good ideas!
Eastwood Park Beautification Event
The community is gathering this Saturday for the bi-monthly Beautification Event at Eastwood Park. Volunteers are needing to paint planters, clean up trash, and other small jobs. Anyone interested in volunteering should email superneighborhood63@gmail.com. View flyer here.
When: Sat, June 18th, 8am
Where: 5000 Harrisburg Blvd
Father's Day Market at Airline Farmer's Market
The Houston Airline Farmer's Market, in partnership with the Greater Northside Management District, Northside Art Market, and YMCA, is hosting a special Father's Day Market this Saturday. Stop by and enjoy the festivities!
When: Sat, June 18th, 10am-5pm
Where: 2520 Airline Dr
Foster KittyPalooza Adoption Event
PetSmart in First Ward is offering same-day adoptions of cats and kittens from foster care on this Saturday from 11am-3pm. Don't miss out on this one-day only event!
When: Sat, June 18th, 11am-3pm
Where: PetSmart, 1907 Taylor St
Loteria Time on Navigation
Funeraria Del Angel Crespo in the Second Ward is hosting an afternoon playing Loteria, raffles, refreshments, and music at their Loteria Time event this Saturday. The event is free and family-friendly. For more information, call 713-225-9567.
When: Sat, Jun 18th, 2-5pm
Where: 2516 Navigation Blvd
Make Music Day on Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Houston's communities will come together for a day of music and concerts across the city. Make Music Houston is a live, free musical celebration of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. To see who's playing for free in your area, visit MakeMusicDay.org/Houston.
When: Tues, June 21st
Safe Texas Town Hall
Join State Representative Christina Morales of District 145, for a Town Hall meeting to discuss how to protect our communities and schools from gun violence.
  • Sat, June 18th, 10am at Boulevard Realty, 927 Studewood
  • Tues, June 21st, 6pm at HCC Northline Campus, Bldg E, Rm E130
  • Mon, June 27th, 6pm, HCC Southeast Campus, Learning Rm 108
COVID-19 Updates from Houston Health Department
Houston’s CDC COVID-19 Community Level is currently MEDIUM. Houston's latest 14-day average COVID-19 positivity rate is 21.1% and the wastewater virus load is 502% of the baseline. Stay up to date with vaccines and help lower the numbers. Find nearby free vaccination sites at GetVaxxedHouston.org or by calling 832-393-4220.
Public Comment on Sidewalk Ordinance
The City of Houston's Planning and Development Department is proposing amendments to the Sidewalk Ordinance to create a complete sidewalk network in the city by providing more sidewalk options and establishing a sidewalk fund and protocols for constructing sidewalks. View the proposed Sidewalk Ordinance amendments on the Planning Commission website. The public comment period is currently open and will end at 5 p.m., June 23, 2022. Comments may be submitted via the online comment form here.
Trip to Austin to Testify on Environmental Justice
Texas State Senator Borris Miles is providing bus transportation to the Sunset Commission on the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) for those who want to testify about the environmental impacts of industries in their communities. Learn more about the Commission and TECQ here. View the flyer here and reserve a seat on the bus here.
When: Wed, June 22nd, 6am
Where: Bus Departure from 3300 Lyons Ave
Feasibility Study on Stormwater Conveyance Tunnels
TONIGHT! Join a virtual community engagement meeting to learn about Harris County Flood Control District's Feasibility Study on Stormwater Conveyance Tunnels. The Feasibility Study investigates the potential to reduce flooding risks in Harris County by the construction of large-diameter, deep underground tunnels to convey stormwater. 
When: Thurs, June 16th, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Virtual
Small Businesses Eligible for Grants
The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Elevate Together to offer a grant opportunity for small businesses with less than 5 full-time employeesElevate Together is a nonprofit initiative designed to address systemic discrimination and historical racial disparities in business growth and profitability. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 17th at 10:59pm. Apply here.
Get Trained, Get a Job as an Auto Mechanic
Toyota is looking to hire Latino dealer technicians that have strong inter-personal skills and mechanic training. The Tejano Center is offering free training in customer service skills, which can be combined with a degree from San Jacinto and a paid internship with Toyota. View the flyer here. Call the Tejano Center at 832-325-0325 to enroll now!
Learn About Houston Arts Alliance Grants
The second Round of Let Creativity Happen! and City’s Initiative are open for applications. These city-funded grant programs are available to individual artists, 501(c)3 organizations, and fiscally sponsored projects. Applications must be submitted through the HAA Grants Portal by June 30th at 5pm central time. HAA is hosting two workshops to answer application questions.
When: June 16th & June 17th at 12pm
Where: Virtual: Register for 6/16 here / Register for 6/17 here
HPD Partners with My Brother's Keeper to Reach Youth
The Houston Police Department (HPD) has partnered with The Houston Health Department (HHD) & My Brother's Keeper Houston (MBK Houston) on Law & the Community: A Win-Win that provides an interactive learning environment where youth are taught how to interact with police. Youth and law enforcement listen and learn from each other while building trust. Learn more about the Law & Your Community program here.
BARC's Rescue Rally Underway
BARC is hosting a "Rescue Rally" through Thursday, June 30, 2022. Throughout these dates, BARC will utilize more than $15,000 to provide sponsorship dollars for any rescue that pulls pets from the City's Animal Shelter. To participate, rescue groups must follow the BARC process to tag and pull dogs into their program. Groups who are not currently approved as a BARC rescue can visit http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/Rescue2.html to get more details on the requirements.
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!