Greater Northside Management District
March 17, 2020

Greater Northside Management District is monitoring the guidance being provided at all levels regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have received direction from the Governor's office with regard to open meetings of local governments. We will provide you with updates as we receive more information.

Websites to monitor for information
We encourage you to monitor federal and local sites for important information about how coronavirus spreads, its symptoms, FAQs, global locations with COVID-19, travel advisories and more. In addition, we hope you will take all necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the disease to yourself and others.

Here are helpful sites to monitor:

These sites also provide important information about coronavirus:

GNMD cancels non-essential meetings
GNMD is canceling or postponing all nonessential meetings through March 31  in the interest of public health and to comply with the Houston Mayor's Emergency Health Declaration. We are evaluating the possibility of holding web meetings or teleconferences and will update you if this becomes feasible.

Safety first
The safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, residents and constituents is of paramount importance, and all decisions made will be based on these factors. Please remember that our Northside restaurants are complying with Mayor Turner's directive and are offering takeout service. Some restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery. Please monitor our Facebook page for daily updates.

Our programs, Right-of-Way maintenance, graffiti abatement and safety patrols are operating as normal and all personnel are asked to take the recommended precautions.

In closing, I want to assure you that we are carefully monitoring this situation and that we will update you as new information becomes available.

Rebecca Reyna
Executive Director
Houston ISD and the Houston Food Bank to distribute food: 
A special message from Grenita F. Lathan, Ph.D.,
HISD Interim Superintendent

Dear HISD Community:

As we navigate uncharted territory with the impact of COVID-19, HISD is fully committed to supporting our students and families in need.

Through a partnership with the Houston Food Bank School Market Program, we are starting Spring Break off with expanded food distribution sites at 36 schools throughout the district – an increase from our initial six sites. The expansion is due to overwhelming demand on March 14 at Chavez High School, our initial pilot site.

As we provide these services, it’s important that we are doing so in a safe manner that promotes the health and well-being of our families. We are implementing curbside pickup and social distancing measures. Families who arrive on foot will be required to stand six feet apart in line. HISD Police and staff volunteers will be on site to enforce these rules and help with crowd control.

Upcoming dates and times are listed below:

Tuesday, March 17
  • Milby High School, 1601 Broadway St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale Road, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Madison High School, 13719 White Heather Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., 3 – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
  • Bonham Elementary School, 8302 Braes River Drive, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Road, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Furr High School, 520 Mercury Drive, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Jane Long Academy, 6501 Bellaire Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Kelso Elementary School, 5800 Southmund St., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Mitchell Elementary School, 10900 Gulfdale Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sam Houston High School, 9400 Irvington Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Waltrip High School, 1900 W. 34th St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock Road, 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Wheatley High School, 4801 Providence St., 3 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 19
  • Ashford Elementary School, 1815 Shannon Valley Drive, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Austin High School, 1700 Dumble St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Clifton Middle School, 6001 Golden Forest Drive, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Sharpstown High School, 7504 Bissonnet St., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sterling High School, 11625 Martindale Road, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tinsley Elementary School, 11035 Bob White Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wesley Elementary School, 800 Dillard St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Worthing High School, 9215 Scott St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Yates High School, 3650 Alabama St., 3 – 6 p.m.

Friday, March 20
  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Black Middle School, 1575 Chantilly Lane, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Booker T. Washington High School, 4204 Yale St., 9 a.m. – noon
  • Burbank Middle School 315 Berry Road, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Drive, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Fondren Middle School, 6333 S. Braeswood Blvd., 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Henry Middle School, 10702 E. Hardy Road, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Jones Futures Academy, 7414 St. Lo Road, 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Key Middle School, 4000 Kelley St., 3 – 6 p.m.
  • North Forest High School, 10726 Mesa Drive, 3 – 6 p.m.

I am proud to lead a district that puts families first during challenging times. Though this is technically Spring Break, employees are hard at work across the district, from developing academic contingency plans to staffing our food distribution sites. Be sure to stay informed at .

I want to thank our volunteers for making this effort possible. We are in this together!

Grenita F. Lathan, Ph.D.
HISD Interim Superintendent
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website:
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
  • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail
Events canceled or postponed
due to the coronavirus
  • March 14 through March 31 - BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center is closed.
  • Saturday, March 28 - Trash Bash 2020 has been canceled and will celebrate its 27th cleanup in 2021. We hope you will join us then.
  • Saturday, April 4 - Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival canceled.
  • Saturday, April 4 - Sights & Sounds Festival 2020 to be rescheduled.
  • Sunday, April 5 - Saint Arnold Art Car IPA rescheduled for Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Update on the Fulton Butterfly Pocket Park
The Fulton Butterfly Pocket Park located at 2606 Fulton is becoming a reality! Northside's newest greenspace is being landscaped, and we'll let you know when it is time for the unveiling. We thought you would like to see a few pictures of the park's features.

The park includes a butterfly sculpture, a display that shows the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and a caterpillar sculpture. All were designed by Houston artist Rosalinda Toro.
#Shop/Dine Northside
at these businesses
Owner and pharmacist-in-charge
Simon's Pharmacy
3303 North Main Street
Houston, TX 77009

Simon's Pharmacy is a family-owned and operated business in the Greater Northside since 1986.

Services include:
  • Over-the-counter medications.
  • Personal injury claims.
  • Delivery to patients that are bedridden, physically disabled, elderly or have no means of transportation.
  • Durable medical equipment, including relaters, blood pressure machines, professional orthopedic braces, therapeutic socks, stockings and shoe orthotics.

Monday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Food Town
7426 Airline Drive
Houston, TX 77076

Services include:
  • Check cashing machine
  • ATM
  • MoneyGram
  • Auto tag renewal
  • Bill pay
  • Metro
  • Coinstar
  • Redbox
  • Tobacco products
  • Onsite retailers: Page Com/Page Tex & Cell; La Reforma Taco Truck

Monday through Sunday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Senior Hours - 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. ( Due to the Coronavirus, Food Town is opening their doors from 7 to
8 a.m. for customers ages 65 and older to shop in a less-crowded environment. A government-issued state ID or Texas driver's license is required during these hours.)
Please remember that our Northside restaurants are complying
with Mayor Turner's directive and are offering takeout service. 
Please monitor our Facebook page for daily updates.
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