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Complete Communities Updates
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Planning & Development Department
City of HoustonOctober 2018
Complete Communities University

The first Complete Communities University (CCU) was held October 13 for residents living in Complete Communities neighborhoods. CCU is designed to provide residents with the tools and knowledge needed to continue to move their neighborhoods forward through implementation of items in the Complete Communities Action Plans. Numerous Super Neighborhood leaders were also in attendance. The half-day conference offerd workshops and resources to assist neighborhoods, and networking opportunities for residents to share ideas with one another. Workshop topics included Mediation & Conflict Resolution by the City Legal Department, Department of Neighborhoods information, Community Outreach by AARP, Running Effective Meetings by BakerRipley, Census 2020, and Fundraising by the United Way. Mayor Sylvester Turner provided closing remarks and spoke about what has been accomplished and the work that is yet to come in the Complete Communities neighborhoods. Feedback about the workshop was overwhelmingly positive with many participants asking for another conference with longer sessions. A more in-depth workshop is being considered.

Bo Fraga from BakerRipley led a class on Running Effective Meetings.
Mayor Turner met with attendees after the workshop.

100 Resilient Cities
Photo courtesy of 100resilientcities.org

Houston is now participating in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a $164 million global effort to build urban resiliency around the world. This program helps cities prepare for both chronic issues, such as homelessness and traffic, as well as one-off events, such as Hurricane Harvey or cyber-attack. Participating cities receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to work with leaders and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive resilience strategy and access to critical tools, services, and technical assistance. The Office of Resilience will complement work conducted by the City's Flood Czar Office and other ongoing efforts across the city to achieve flood resilience in our region. Houston's participation in the 100RC Network is made possible with a sponsorship of $1.8 million in funding by Shell Oil Company. For more details, read Mayor Sylvester Turner's press release or visit the 100 Resilient Cities website.
Community Highlights
Go Neighborhoods: The community is working on three focus areas: Attracting a banking/credit union institution, increasing civic engagement, and historic and land preservation. For more information visit GO-Neighborhoods.org.

Contact Information: The lead planners for Acres Home are Christa Stoneham and Arica Bailey. You can reach them at CC_AcresHome@houstontx.gov.

SN Monthly Meeting: Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council monthly meeting is every 3rd Monday of the month at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Drive, from Noon to 1 pm.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo dances with a resident at Gulfton's National Night Out celebration.
National Night Out: : Gulfton National Night Out was held October 2, at Burnett Bayland Park. Plenty of residents attended and participated in the festivities. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. For more information, visit natw.org/.

Neighborhood Support Team: Our next Neighborhood Support Team meeting is scheduled for  November 28, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr., from 6 to 7:30 pm. Parks and Community Amenities & Health, Mobility and Infrastructure and Housing & Safety work groups committees will provide status updates. If you would like to join a work group committee, please visit the Complete Communities website and sign up today. 
Positive Interaction Program (PIP): The next PIP meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr., from 12 to 1 pm. This program holds monthly PIP meetings and features speakers from different divisions (Burglary and Theft, Homicide, K-9, Helicopters, etc.) to explain how their division operates.
Get Moving Houston Farmer's Market Program: The next Farmer's Market in Gulfton will take place on Wednesday, October 24, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr., 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. This farmers market provides easier access to affordable and high quality fresh fruits and vegetables throughout Houston and especially in food deserts, which are areas that are underserved by grocery stores and other fresh food outlets. To see the season schedule, download the PDF .
Contact Information: The lead planners for Gulfton are Tonya Sawyer and Abraham Zorrilla. You can reach them at CC_Gulfton@houstontx.gov  

Mini Mural near the intersection of North Main and Quitman Streets.
Neighborhood Support Team: The next NST meeting will be held on October 17 at 6 pm at the Leonel Castillo Community Center. Mini art murals are the main topic for this meeting. The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), in collaboration with residents and community leaders, is ready for the next steps in process to transform four traffic signal control cabinets into mini art murals. Through the Complete Communities process, participants have already helped identify locations for these mini murals, and have ranked and are finalizing selected artists to paint them. These murals will be welcomed additions to the 14 mini murals already located throughout the neighborhood, thanks to the support from the Greater Northside Management District, Avenue CDC, Council Member Karla Cisneros, and local artists. At this NST meeting, attendees will meet with MOCA to go over big picture themes and ideas for these murals. MOCA has invited the selected artists to listen in on the public process and be a part of the conversation. We look forward to seeing you there!   

Walkable Places Meeting: The Planning & Development Department is hosting the third public meeting for the Near Northside Hogan-Lorraine Walkable Places District. The meeting will be held on October 30, from 6 to  8 pm at the Leonel Castillo Community Center, located at 2101 South Street. Contact Carlos G. Espinoza y S├ínchez with any questions via e-mail or by phone at 832-393-6549.

Super Neighborhood 51 Meeting:  At last month's Super Neighborhood 51 meeting, the potential revisions to the bylaws were reviewed by attendees. Participants also discussed prospective committees to carry out the various projects and tasks. The bylaws will be finalized at the upcoming Super Neighborhood 51 meeting on October 25 at 6 pm at the Leonel Castillo Community Center. Please contact SNC51houston@gmail.com for more information.
Contact Information: The lead planner for Near Northside is Davonte Caldwell. You can reach him at CC_NearNorthside@houstontx.gov 

Second Ward Work Groups: The seven work groups launched in August are focused on the implementation of projects in the Second Ward Complete Communities Action Plan. The groups are continuing discussion about priority projects and are selecting projects that can be led by the community. If you have a passion for Second Ward, contact us to hear about the projects in the action plan, and to get plugged in to future meetings and events. Please contact us to learn about the projects in the Action Plans and get involved.

Contact Information: The lead planners for Second Ward are David Welch and Eriq Glenn. You can reach them at CC_SecondWard@houstontx.gov 
Third Ward

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Guerra
Mini mural at 1200 Airline Blvd.
Mini Murals: Third Ward will see "mini murals" on street-side traffic signal control cabinets coming soon. The community will have an opportunity to participate in a survey to rank the potential Mini Mural locations and join a discussion on the overall themes selected artists will use in their designs. For more information about the City's mini murals and cultural programs, visit houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs.

"Mini-murals are a fun and creative method the City is using to add more art to Houston's many thriving communities," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "This program showcases our artists, reflects our history and creates opportunities to enjoy creative expression in places people pass by every day."

Harris County Public Health Community Health Improvement Plan Survey: Harris County Public Health (HCPH) seeks your input with their Community Health Improvement Plan . The survey will assist their effort to understand the community's access to health care services and other essential items that support health, such as food, housing, and more. This information will help HCPH better understand how and where they need to focus work in improving the health of our community. The survey is available online in seven different languages and can be accessed by smart phone, tablet, or computer . When answering the question about where you heard about the survey, please state, "Complete Communities eNewsletter." For more information, contact Sandra K. Tyson, PhD, Senior Policy Planner, Community Health at 713-439-6269 or via email.

Houston Residency Artist Program, artist Phillip Pyle, and the Third Ward Veteran Appreciation Day: In conjunction with the Houston Residency Artist Program, artist Phillip Pyle, II is honoring veterans with the recreation of a 1944 wrestling match with a modern twist. Wrestling is provided by Doomsday Wrestling, with music by Nameless Sound. This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, and is generously funded by Houston Endowment and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Third Ward Veterans Appreciation Day will begin with the first of three matches at 1 pm in Emancipation Park on November 10. The event will be from 1 to 3 pm at Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Avenue.

Walkable Places Third Ward: Over the last year, several workshops with community groups have taken place to discuss development ideas and strategies that will impact the future of the built environment in historic Third Ward. Out of these discussions, the Planning Department will develop a set of draft recommendations which will govern site design, pedestrian realm/sidewalk widths and parking. View the proposed downloadable PDF map to see the pilot area. These proposed regulations, which will be applied to new developments within the district, will work to create a stronger sense of place by creating a consistent, pedestrian friendly framework. The community will have an opportunity to comment on the draft regulations prior to Houston Planning Commission and City Council consideration. The final public meeting will be October 27, 9:00 am to Noon, at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 3302 Trulley St.

Workshop Houston Fright Shop: Fright Shop is a community event hosted by Workshop Houston on October 25, 5 - 7 pm, and will include a haunted house designed by Discovery Shop students, a maker faire with handmade goods from Style Shop students, student performances, a costume contest, and Halloween activities for all ages. The event will be held at 3030 Holman Street. Volunteers needed: contact Tasha to sign up. Donations needed, including Individually wrapped candies for our goodie bags: contact Gabriella.

Contact Information: The lead planners for Third Ward are Lynn Henson and Annette Mitchell. You can reach them at CC_ThirdWard@houstontx.gov.

Tips From the Toolbox

Houston Public Library: HPL offers mobile "hot spots" for internet access that you can take home. Visit houstonlibrary.org for details or visit your local library.

Federal Grants through Workforce GPS: This on-line tool offers free information and newsletters about federal grants related to workforce and economic development issues. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), you can sign up to access federal grant information such as American Apprenticeship Initiative, America's Promise, Ready to Work and Skills Training, Senior Community Service Employment Program, YouthBuild, and Youth CareerConnect.
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