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District H News

TechConnect Summer Impact and Future Opportunities

July was a busy month for District H! Councilmember Cisneros hosted TechConnect programs at all 12 community centers in the district, engaging more than 300 youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. Special thanks to all the industry professionals, volunteers, interns, and recreation centers for supporting summer educational growth opportunities for District H youth.

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The TechConnect Program at District H Park Recreation Centers will start up again after Labor Day.

Sign up now if you'd like a part-time job as a TechConnect Intern. Learn more about TechConnect and this internship opportunity for youth 16-24 yrs. The afterschool program runs Mon-Thurs from mid-September through mid-May

Apply here!

Remembering Josué Flores

The mother of Josué Flores asked that the Northside Community remember her son, Josué on his birthday rather than the day he tragically lost his life. Out of respect for her request, please hold Josué in your heart next Wednesday, August 10th.

Back to School Events Around District H & the City

It's that time of year again! Several City departments and community organizations are hosting Back to School events over the next couple of weeks. Check out these events that are free and open to all:

Berry Elementary' s Back to School Market Pop-Up

When: Thurs, Aug 4th, 4pm-6pm

Where: 2310 Berry Rd

Starbucks All.In.Back to School Fair

When: Sat, Aug 13, 8:00AM-12PM

Where: Bread of Life, 2019 Crawford St

Mayor's Back 2 School Fest

When: Sat, Aug 13th, 8am-2pm

Where: GRB Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

More info at www.houstontx.gov/btsf

Back To School Block Party

When: Sat, Aug 13th, 4:00-9:00pm

Where: 4501 Elysian St Houston Tx, 77009

The Morales Memorial Foundation's 25th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway

When: Sat, Aug 13th, 8am-10am

Where: Morales Funeral Home, 2901 Canal St

More info here

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Art In The Heart

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Visit Houston Art for some free, fun , and family friendly events during the Art In The Heart series. End summer and enter the fall season with some Houston creativity.

For more information: www.HTXART.ORG or to view the full flyer click the following link: Art In The Heart Flyer

  • Art Garden Meeting, Sun, Aug 7th, 4:00-5:30PM,
  • Pet Food Pantry, Wed, Aug 17th, 9:00-11:00am

Where: 8321 Jensen Dr. Houston Tx, 77093

Northside Community Meeting

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Join Northside members at a community meeting to discuss and learn more about Northside On The Move, an opportunity to strategize about future infrastructure improvements in Greater Northside. More information provided here

When: Thurs, Aug 11th, 6:00pm

Where: Harris County Department of Education 6300 Irvington Blvd

State of Independence Heights Community Meeting

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The Independence Heights Super Neighborhood Council invites it's members to join them at their community meeting. Members will be presented with the opportunity to learn how to get involved, upcoming community projects, and the opportunity to share ideas and connect with community resources.

When: Mon, Aug 15th,

             5:30pm Resource Fair; 6:30pm Community Address

Where: Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St.

Ryon Civic Association: Community Meeting Dates

Join fellow community members in the Monthly Community Meetings. Discuss and learn more about the area while conversing and building relationships with other neighbors.

For more information or questions contact:

Monique Howard at 713-484-9376. or view the Monthly Community Meeting Dates

When: Wed, Aug 17th, 6:00-7:00PM

Where: Emai ryoncivic@gmail.com for Zoom link

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METRORapid University Corridor

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Take a virtual tour and see the 3D animated video of what the METRORapid University Corridor will look like as it passes through Second Ward and the Northside. The actual alignment of the route and its various stops are subject to change as the design is finalized. Segments 4 & 5 are located in District H and appear in the video during the time ranges listed below.

  • Segment 4 - 5:44-6:15
  • Segment 5 - 6:16-7:12

The 23.5 mile line would operate in a dedicated, transit-only lane to move through traffic. The Corridor begins at the Westchase Park & Ride and ends at Tidwell Transit Center.

Learn more about the project and submit your comments here.

Deadline to provide feedback on I-10 from Heights Blvd to I-45

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TxDOT is proposing a project to elevate the existing main lanes along I-10 from Heights Blvd to I-45, above the White Oak Bayou floodplain. You can view a narrated virtual presentation and more information here.

View more info hereEnglish notice and Spanish notice.

The deadline to submit public comment is Aug 12th.

Redistricting Information

The City of Houston's Proposed Redistricting Plan is available to view on the City’s website at www.letstalkhouston.org/redistricting. Revised plans will be presented to City Council sometime in August, and are anticipated to be considered on the Council Agenda on September 14th.

Council Member Cisneros encourages everyone to review the proposed District H boundaries here

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Tax Free Weekend

Tax Free Weekend begins this Friday, Aug 5th- Sunday, Aug 7th. For more information on what is not taxable and the rules for the weekend click here:  Tax Free Weekend Information

Supporting Houston Students and Texas HBCU's

Attend with your family, friends and coworkers to celebrate the return of the annual UNCF Walk, with remarks and awards from both Mayor Sylvester Turner and Commissioner Rodney Ellis. This event raises funds to support Texas HBCUs and Greater Houston students. For information and to register visit: UNCF Mayor's Walk Kickoff Reception

When: Thurs, Aug 8th, 6:00-7:30PM

Where: Julia Ideson Building - Auditorium 550 McKinney St, Houston, Tx 77002

Disaster Recovery Survey For Winter Storm URI

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Join in a Virtual Community Meeting to give input on the City of Houston Housing And Community Development department's Draft Action Plan for Winter Storm URI. The meeting will consist of opportunities to learn about the grant process, long-term disaster recovery programs, and to discuss disaster impacts in your community. Submit your comments about the draft plan here.

For additional information contact Ashley Lawson at 832-394-5438 or


When: Tue, Aug 9th, 3:00pm

Where: Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams: bit.ly/frz-ph

Art League Houston

Registration for Flexible Access' Fall school quarter, is now open. The new initiative focuses on accessible art courses for students 17 and up through a pay-what-you-can model. To register or access more information visit https://www.artleaguehouston.org/flexible-access or call 713-523-9530. See the flyer here.

When: Mon, Sep 12- Nov 7th

Where: Art League Houston

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Protect Yourself and Others From COVID

Houston’s COVID-19 Community Level is currently HIGH.

With cases and hospitalizations up, please consider:

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Houston Police Department

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NowMedia TV and the Houston Police department partner up to bring you Community Shield - the a new TV Show with the idea to bring Relational Policing to the next level. Watch the first episode here: NowMediaTV

To stay up to date with any events or findings in the Houston area involving the HPD you may find information on the HPD Facebook page.

BARC Services

BARC's Wellness Center offers low-cost vaccines, microchips, dewormer, and heartworm and flea prevention, for both dogs and cats. For more information visit: https://www.houstontx.gov/barc/

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Need Additional Resources?

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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!          

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