Greater Northside Management District
September 1, 2021
Pictured above: Mini Mural at Fulton and Bigelow.
Artist, Anat Ronen.
Dear GNMD Friend,

As we come to the end of summer, COVID is once again affecting our recovery and our return to normal.

Please note that this newsletter has information on a small business grant from Harris County. Workshops start next week.  

We also have information on new laws that go into affect today, September 1, 2021. There are several that affect our local businesses. 

We also have information on the delta variant, which is affecting our recovery and our hospital systems. Please go to readyharris.org or call 832-927-8787 to find the Harris County Public Health site nearest to you. You can find information on vaccination sites and ways to end this surge that is affecting so many. 
 
To increase the city’s vaccination rate and save lives, the Houston Health Department will provide up to $150 in gift cards to get vaccinated against COVID-19. People who get a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at an eligible Houston Health Department site will receive a $100 gift card.
 
Gift cards valued at $50 will be awarded with second doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine administered at eligible Houston Health Department sites. To qualify for the second dose incentive, people must have received their first dose on or after August 2, 2021, at an eligible Houston Health Department site and complete the series within 42 days.
 
Note: People who get their first dose at PlazAmericas or Tidwell Park must get their second dose at the same site within 42 days to receive the second dose incentive. These two sites will not provide second dose incentives for people who received their first dose at other sites.
 
We have moved our COVID-19 resources to a new site. Click here to view this information.  

Please remember to support our local Northside Businesses and Shop Northside!  

Sincerely,
Rebecca Reyna
Executive Director

#NorthsideStrong 
Our office will be closed for Labor Day
Greater Northside Management District will be closed on Monday, September 6, for Labor Day.

If you have a non-emergency matter, you may reach Rebecca Reyna at 281-914-0652 and leave a message.

  • For All Emergencies, call 911
  • For Non-Emergencies, call 713-884-3131

Remember if you see something, say something.
Grants for struggling small businesses
The new Harris County Small Business Fund will provide $30 million in grants for struggling small businesses. The Fund will provide $5,000 to $25,000 grants to up to 2,000 micro and small businesses, enabling businesses to pay workers, suppliers, their rent or mortgages and more. The open application period begins Monday, September 20, and ends Monday, October 4. For more information, click here.
Do you know about these new laws?
Several new laws were passed during the 2021 legislative session and are effective on September 1. These include:
  • Texans over the age of 21 will be able to carry a handgun without a license and without passing a training class as long as the handgun is in a holster. It does not apply to anyone with a criminal record. Background checks are still required by federal law when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. Open carry is not allowed on university or college campuses (concealed carry laws still apply) and guns are not permitted in school buildings. For more info, click here.
  • Texans can buy alcohol to-go permanently, including beer, wine and cocktails that are part of delivery and pick-up orders.
  • Professional sports teams in Texas are required to play the national anthem before the start of a game.
  • Vaccine passports will be prohibited in Texas. Businesses that require customers to provide their vaccination status against COVID-19 will be denied state contracts and could lose state licenses or operating permits. 
  • Texas law enforcement will have the power to seize a vehicle involved in street racing. 
  • The Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act will allow people like veterans who suffer from PTSD, cancer patients and other medical conditions to access medical marijuana. 

In June 2021, Gov. Abbott signed into law a bill that bans homeless encampments on public property in Texas. The bill makes it illegal to set up shelter or store belongings for an extended period of time. The offense is a class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500. The new state law requires law enforcement officers to make reasonable efforts to direct Texans toward medical or mental health services and shelters before ticketing them.
Upcoming programs, events & opportunities
Volunteer for the Better Block Project
Saturday, September 4, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Provide your input for new projects
in the Greater Northside by September 8
HPD Positive Interaction Program
Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Join Texas' oldest craft brewery — Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Sunday, November 7, 2021, and celebrate the LIVE launch of The Art Car IPA 5k!

It will be LIVE and IN PERSON! So get funky, get creative and show your artistic talent as everyone parties and revels in the art of running and drinking Saint Arnold craft beer!

Click here for more information, including how to register or volunteer for the event.
Help preserve Westcott Cemetery
The Westcott Cemetery Association has a goal of raising $45,000 by the end of the year for a matching grant from the Fondren Foundation. The objective is to preserve and improve the McDaniel Street Cemetery for the benefit of descendants and the surrounding community. Learn more about how you can help preserve this historic street and cemetery here.
Stay better connected with Houston's
waste and recycling collection programs
The Houston Solid Waste Management Department has launched HTX Collects, a mobile app that allows residents to stay better connected with the City’s waste and recycling collection programs. 
 
Download the mobile app to receive collection reminders for garbage, recycling, yard waste and tree/junk waste specific to your address.

Click here for more information.
Winter storm assistance is still available
The Houston/Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund and its partners have repaired over 750 homes damaged by the freeze in February. Click here to see if you qualify for home repairs through this program and to submit an application.

Note: Reimbursement is only available for homes in the City of Houston or Harris County. Repair is available to homes in the City of Houston, Harris County, or Fort Bend County.
 
If you are unable to access the online application, call (713) 862-8222. 
COVID-19 updates
Our COVID-19 resource page has moved!
We have moved our COVID-19 resources to a new location. You'll still be able to find out information, such as where to get vaccinations and be tested for the virus, mental health resources, rental assistance programs, legal assistance and more.

Click here to go to our resource page.
Hurricane preparedness
The 2021 hurricane season kicked off June 1 and is expected to be another busy one for Texas. Last year, the Atlantic hurricane season saw a record-breaking 30 storms, including 12 that made landfall in the continental U.S., according to the National Hurricane Center.

Click here to view the Harris County Hurricane Preparedness Guide in English or Espanol (scroll down to "Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery").

People who anticipate needing evacuation assistance during an emergency or disaster can register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry online or by calling 2-1-1. Registration is available for people with disabilities or with access and functional needs, such as those with limited mobility, communication barriers, or requiring additional medical assistance during an emergency event.

Blind or visually impaired individuals may access emergency preparedness tips at sightintosound.org. Messages are accessible 24/7 in English and Spanish and are also broadcast on Sight into Sound radio (KUHT-TV Channel 8.5) and KUHF-FM digital HD channel.
Extreme summer heat safety
Tips for handling extreme summer heat
The Houston Fire Department reminds citizens to take safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies.

Caregivers should "Look Before They Lock" children in vehicles. Senior citizens and pets should never be left in a vehicle on a warm or hot day.

Here are tips from Reliant for staying cool at home:
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 
  • Pay attention to the temperature in your home. 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking more water than usual.
  • Use cooling towels. 
  • Take cool baths or showers. 
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which are dehydrating.
  • Have a loved one call to check on you throughout the day.
  • Ask your doctor how heat can affect any medications you're taking.
  • Limit outdoor activity. 
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Employment & educational opportunities
Precinct 2 Virtual Job Fair
Friday, September 3rd
Part 2: Getting Certified To Do Business
"The Importance of Networking"
Thursday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Are you a business owner in at least one of the following categories? 
  • Construction: Power line & telecommunications infrastructure, civil engineering and electric power line construction. 
  • Line Locating: Pre-planning, project management, locating, GPS surveying and GIS mapping of underground utility and buried facility lines. 
  • Tree Clearing.
 
The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has partnered with CenterPoint Energy and the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity to host a private three-part webinar series to discuss the importance of networking and the certification process to do business.
 
Click here to register.
Spanish "Building Wealth" webinar
Jueves, 16 de Septiembre, 11 a.m. 
The Small Business Administration is partnering with the Federal Reserve to host a Spanish-language webinar about building wealth.

The Federal Reserve typically does not engage in public-facing outreach, but they are looking to inform various communities, including the Hispanic community, about who they are and what they can support.

The webinar below is open to the public, and the Federal Reserve is looking for this to be a “train the trainer” model, where partners such as yourselves can use the webinar materials in your own outreach strategies to further inform the community.

Click here to register.
San Jacinto College Health Career Pathways
Partnership Grant extended through Sept. 29
Register now for the Honors College
at Houston Community College
Students in northeast Houston can apply to the Houston Community College Honors College program at the Northline Campus, 8001 Fulton Street, Houston 77022.

The Houston Community College Honors College enables talented students to study with inspiring faculty members as part of an exciting learning community.

Hire Houston youth
Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 can view resources by visiting the Hire Houston Youth website.

Employers with job opportunities, internships or apprenticeships are invited to post positions on the Hire Houston Youth job board.
Employment assistance at SER
SER is a nonprofit community organization that educates and equips people in the Texas Gulf Coast Region who come from low-income backgrounds or who have significant barriers to employment. SER believes the power and purpose of work can transform lives and communities.

Capital One assists small business owners
and nonprofits through the SOAR Fund
Capital One is a supporter of the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund, which will enable recovery and economic stability to historically underserved businesses and communities. 

Small business owners and nonprofits, with fewer than 50 employees, across the South can apply for low-interest loans of up to $100,000 and free business support through the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund—a new program created by a diverse group of community lenders aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits navigate and rebuild from the Covid-19 health and economic crisis.  
 
Click here for more information and to apply, 
Greater Northside Management District
business highlights
Northside Market & Family Night
M.D. Anderson Family YMCA - Friday, August 27
Thank you to our Greater Northside residents who were able to attend the Northside Market and Movie Night on Friday, August 27th, at the M.D. Anderson Family YMCA. It was a fun event, and the merchants appreciated your support. This issue includes some pictures from the event. Please continue to #ShopNorthside and #SupportLocal!
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The Greater Northside Management District's Butterfly Pocket Park on Fulton won the award for On-the-Ground Projects Under $500K in the 2020 Houston-Galveston Area Council Parks and Natural Areas Award Program. Each year, H-GAC honors projects that serve as models for planning and implementation for parks and natural areas in the region.