District H News
This Week's LOVE YOUR PET Events
Free events and opportunities are scheduled all month long as part of Council Member Cisneros' annual Love Your Pet Month. Visit the Love Your Pet web page for information on how to register and take advantage of each opportunity.

This Week:

Pet Food Pantry
Free pet food and supplies
Joseph's House Community Outreach Center
Thu Feb 10
Learn more here

The Empty Shelter Project
Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
Sat Feb 12
Learn more and register here

Houston Humane Society's Kid Fest
Kids learn how to handle, care and train pets
Moody Community Center
Sat Feb 12
Learn more here

Houston PetSet Mobile Clinic
Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries in Eastex Jensen
Sun Feb 13, Mon Feb 14, Tues Feb 15
Learn more here

BARC District H Pet Wellness Days
Free microchipping. spay/neuter, & vaccines
Wed Feb 16
Register here
Childhood and Youth Committee Updates
In addition to the recently announced new partnership with Bezos Academy to locate a tuition-free, Montessori-inspired preschool at the Denver Harbor Multi Service Center, the City of Houston and Bezos Academy have announced three additional new preschool sites that are slated to open in Fall 2022: Community Family Centers in the East End, New Hope Housing at Reed Road, and San Jacinto College North Campus.

All four schools will offer qualifying Three- and Four-year-old children a high quality, full-day, year-round schedule, with meals included. More information and an application to the lottery-based selection process will be posted at www.bezosacademy.org once the school opening dates are set.

More information on City Council's Childhood and Youth Committee is available here.
Repairs to MKT Bridge Expedited
Plans to repair MKT Bridge, which connects the Heights Hike and Bike Trail over White Oak Bayou, were approved by the City. Repairs will begin in March, with a completion date in late Summer 2022. The current detour will remain in place until construction is complete.

Bring Your COVID-19 questions to Houston's Top Doc
Join City of Houston Chief Medical Director, Dr. David Persse a Facebook Live Q&A session to answer your questions about COVID-19...
  • Am I due for a booster?
  • When should my kid get the shot?
  • What mask should I wear?

When: February 16 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Teen Program at MD Anderson YMCA
YMCA Achievers Club helps teens set and pursue high educational and career goals. The club helps teens to raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, and explore diverse college and career options. Teens can register here.

When: Wednesday, February 16th, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: MD Anderson YMCA, 705 Cavalcade St, 77009
Have you weighed in on ARPA Funds yet?
The City of Houston is looking for input on how to prioritize spending the funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Click here to take the short survey and make your voice heard!
Childcare Scholarships STILL Available (but not for long!)
The service industry is broad, including jobs such as:
  • Cashiers
  • Food Prep & Serving
  • Cooks
  • Customer Service Reps
  • Retail Works
  • Stock Clerks
  • Performers
If you work in one of these jobs, you could be eligible for
12 months of FREE child care. Follow this link to learn more and apply. Applications are open until the end of March. Don't miss out!

The Houston Health Department's incentive program continues: People who get their first dose or booster shot at eligible vaccination sites will be entered into drawings for $1,000 gift cards. Vaccination and testing at health department-affiliated sites does not require proof of residency, citizenship, or insurance. Site locations, schedules, and appointment information is available at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.

Organizations can Register for Summer Food Service Program
The 2022 Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, provides meals for youth aged 1 to 18. Churches, apartment complexes, learning centers, schools or other nonprofit groups can participate by applying for the Summer Food Service Program no later than March 11, 2022. 

Organization’s representative(s) should call 713-676-6832 to obtain information or email Rummeka Allen at rummeka.allen@houstontx.gov
Early Voting Starts on Monday

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primaries runs from Monday, February 14 until Friday, February 25. Harris County registered voters can vote at any polling location in the county.

This Thursday, February 10 from 4:30-6pm, the Houston Commission on Disabilities is leading "An Accessible Elections Townhall," a Zoom webinar on how all Houstonians can cast their vote in upcoming elections. Register here.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Healthy Heart
February is "American Heart Month," a good time to focus on healthy choices and resources that lead to longer, healthier lives. Check out American Heart Association's and the CDC's websites for heart health information and tips.

Low Cost Internet for Eligible Households
New federal benefits can reduce internet costs for eligible households. The Affordable Connectivity Program partners with internet providers, such as AT&T and Xfinity, to reduce monthly internet costs by up to $30/month. Visit the ACP website to learn more about the program and benefits.
Virtual Workshop: Finding Money for College
GRADCafé is hosting a virtual workshop for students and parents looking to reduce the cost of college through scholarships. Learn key tips on how to apply for scholarships, where to find them, how to create a winning scholarship essay, and more. 
When: Tuesday, February 15 from 5-6pm
Where: Virtual, register here
The Northeast Division PIP Meeting will be held Tonight!
When: Thursday, Feb 10th at 6pm.
Where: 8301 Ley Rd, 77028

Crime Stoppers of Houston will be hosting a webinar on Teen Dating Violence on February 23rd. Click here to register.

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!