CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, City Council held a Consolidated Session this morning. Guidelines remain in place for speakers to participate remotely during Public Session.  Here were some of the notable Agenda items from the Agenda Session:
  • Item #6 – ORDINANCE approving and authorizing a Subrecipient Agreement between City of Houston and BAKER RIPLEY, INC to provide $2,499,887.00 in Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds for the administration and operation of a program to provide Disaster Case Management, Temporary Relocation Assistance, Workforce Development, and Financial Education, and Financial Coaching Services to low-to-moderate income individuals who were affected by Hurricane Harvey
    • The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is requesting Council approval of an ordinance authorizing a contract between the City of Houston and BakerRipley, providing up to $2,499,887.00 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2017 (CDBG-DR17) funds for the following services:  Disaster case management services; Workforce development services such as career counseling and coaching; Financial coaching and education services; and Temporary relocation assistance, including moving and storage costs to individuals currently participating in HCDD’s Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP).
    • BakerRipley will provide services to a minimum of 800 low-to-moderate income households/individuals residing within the City of Houston who were affected directly by Hurricane Harvey. CDBG-DR funds will support case management services, career coaching, and Temporary Relocation Assistance.
  • Item #7 – ORDINANCE approving and authorizing first amendment to contract between City of Houston and COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS OF HOUSTON/HARRIS COUNTY, extending the term of the contract and providing additional Emergency Solutions Grant Funds and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for the continuing operation and  maintenance of a Homeless Management Information System – 1 Year – $148,302.94 – Grant Fund
    • The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) recommends approval of a First Contract Amendment between the City of Houston and the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, providing $82,297.94 of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds and $66,005.00 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds for the operation and maintenance of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is used to track services received by homeless or near-homeless recipients.
    • HMIS is a software application designed to record and store individual client data, including the types of services needed by Houston’s homeless community. HMIS was developed in response to Congress’ request for information on how appropriated federal homeless funds are spent. Congress is not only interested in fiscal responsibility, but also who the homeless are as a group, and what are the outcomes of the programs assisting them. All agencies receiving federal funds for homeless services are required to participate in the HMIS. The City is contracting with the Coalition to comply with this requirement.
  • Item #8 – ORDINANCE appropriating $1,000,000.00 in TIRZ Affordable Housing Funds to provide Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance to income-eligible first-time homebuyers through the Homebuyer Assistance Program
    • The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) recommends Council approval of an Ordinance appropriating $1,000,000.00 of previously de-appropriated TIRZ Affordable Housing funds pursuant to Ordinance No. 2020-406, for the Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP).
    • HAP provides financial assistance to income-eligible first-time homebuyers to purchase a home within incorporated areas of the city of Houston. In order to allow the applicants to close on their homes within contract deadlines, HAP works with participating lenders to deliver up to $30,000.00 per applicant for the down payment and closing costs to purchase the home.
    • The goal of the program is to increase homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income applicants, within the incorporated areas of Houston. HAP is also designed to expand the supply of quality, safe, affordable housing within Houston, and to continue to improve homeownership affordability by facilitating the movement of individuals into new or existing homes.
Pop-Off Session: Council Member Thomas
THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Council Member Thomas presented a proclamation to Boat People SOS-Houston via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020. We look forward to working closely together with Jannette Diep, Executive Director of BPSOS-Houston, and the rest of the BPSOS team on immigrant advocacy and other salient issues in our diverse communities.
#MaskUpHou

 

¡Llena el Censo hoy!

Na’Shon Edwards, Sr. has joined our team as the new Director of Constituent Services. He is a Prairie View A&M University alumnus who has committed his work to the practice of community development in the state of Texas. His background includes community development research, civic advocacy, and campaign management. Na’Shon, Sr. has worked in both the private and public sectors with his most recent experience working with the PVAMU Community and Economic Development Unit-Harris County Division. Lastly, Na’Shon, Sr. is a firm believer that “there is always more work to be done” and is the proud husband to MiSchelle and father of Na’Shon II.

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SWAT PROJECT: 
CARVER CREST ROADSIDE REHABILITATION
Please be advised that construction on this roadside rehabilitation has begun in the Carver Crest subdivision. For more information, please refer to this presentation and view the public meeting below.

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ALIEF COMMUNITY CENTER BRICK DISTRIBUTION

Friday, 5/29th 12PM-5PM
Alief Community Garden
(across the street from the entrance of
Youngblood Intermediate School)
8410 Dairy View Ln, 77072

Our office will be distributing bricks to residents who have sent in requests during the period ending in April.  A staffer will be on-site to help with distribution.  For seniors and residents who do not drive, please contact our office at DistrictF@houstontx.gov or call 832.393.3002 to request delivery.
Alief Super Neighborhood Meeting – 05.26.20

RESOURCES

The City of Houston recently hosted a virtual job fair and is actively hiring.  Please visit the Human Resources Department website or follow their Twitter feed for job postings.