Vol. 2, Issue 2 – 01.14.21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 18th, 2021
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

On Monday, January 18th, let us all honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory by remembering the true power of non-violent protest.  We are also reminded of how we are all in this together and must continue to improve the lives of one another: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Please be advised that we will be out of the office on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The Solid Waste Department has released its schedule in advance of the holiday.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
The Houston Health Department has launched an online registration portal allowing Houstonians at the highest risk of coronavirus disease to schedule appointments to receive free COVID-19 vaccinations.  People age 65 and older and people age 18 and older with at least one chronic medical condition putting them at increased risk of severe illness and death may sign up to get the vaccine. These groups are prioritized as Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccine distribution plan.

Appointments are also available through the health department’s COVID-19 call center by calling 832-393-4220. The call center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hours extended until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

However, all appointments for Houston Health Department vaccine clinics are filled for the remainder of January 2021, based on the department’s current vaccine allotment, and the department is not taking additional appointments at this time. The department will announce additional vaccination opportunities at multi-service centers, health centers, community locations, and mobile units as supply increases.  We will include announcements here in our newsletter, accordingly.

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine from the Houston Health Department, they will contact you to provide information about where to schedule your second dose within the appropriate timeframe. Moderna’s second dose is due 28 days after the first dose, with a 4-day grace period. Although people who received the first dose will be contacted, you may also contact their call center at (832) 393-4220 and/or check their website a few days ahead of your second dose timeframe regarding appointments. The federal and state government guarantees second doses will be shipped to providers for everyone who received the initial dose.

Residents with disabilities who would like more information on the vaccine—please refer to the reference card below.
For a very informative discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, please view the latest episode of COVID-19 Talk, hosted by Stephen Williams (Houston Health Department Director), Dr. David Persse (Houston Public Health Authority), and Dr. Sherri Onyiego (Harris County Public Health Authority).

If you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B and are homebound, please click on the form and provide the District F office with your information so that we can keep you updated on vaccine availability. This data will be used by the Houston Health Department at a later time.

We are asking that only those who are eligible under Phase 1A or 1B to complete this form.  To find out about eligibility, click here.

Our updated positivity rate is now at 17.4%. We ALL have a responsibility to stop the spread so our hospitals do not get overwhelmed. Please continue to limit gatherings, wash your hands, wear a mask, and get tested. #BetterTogether  #ProtectTheH
For more information, visit HoustonHealth.org.

  • FREE COVID-19 Testing at Henington-Alief Library – 7979 S Kirkwood Rd, 77072 : January 12-16th – 9AM-4:30PM
  • NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
  • Drive-thru and walk-up
  • FREE Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Crump Stadium – 12321 Alief Clodine Rd, 77082
  • NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
  • Español
  • Tiếng Việt
  • FREE In-Home COVID-19 Testing
  • Did you know that residents of Harris County are eligible for at-home testing for COVID-19? It’s true! You can even schedule larger group testing for your church, neighborhood, or club. Just call 832-393-4301 or toll free 1-800-213-8471 to schedule a time, date, and location.
DISTRICT F OFFICE
Please assist the City and our office by continuing to submit service requests to 311 and saving your service request numbers.  By providing us with the service request numbers and photos, we will be able to work more efficiently on your behalf.

Submit requests by dialing 311, using the 311 website, or emailing 311@houstontx.gov,

Please provide up to date information about your HOA in order for us to keep in contact with you.  Click on the image to fill in your information.
Our office is currently accepting proclamation submissions for Black History Month.  If you would like to nominate a community member or organization that is deserving, we want to know!  Please email our office at DistrictF@houstontx.gov.
At Wednesday’s Council Meeting, Council Member Thomas dedicated her pop-off comments to highlighting issues being addressed in Tanglewilde, encouraging residents to continue using 311, and highlighting the anniversary of the founding of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP
Our office would like to send a big thank you to Alice Lee, Jessica Li, and Weimen Li!  On behalf of the Chinese Professional Club of Houston, they have donated 15,000 3-ply disposable face masks to District F.  We will be distributing these masks to our most vulnerable populations with the help of community partners. The masks are provided by Gnomedica, a company founded by Jessica and Weimen Li in memory of Jessica’s late father, who passed away in 2020.
  • The City of Houston’s Rental Assistance Program is still accepting enrollment from landlords and renters. To receive up to $2,112 for past due rent for September, October and November, apply here.
  • If your landlord does not want to enroll in this program, visit this portal to enter your information.
  • The nationwide eviction moratorium has been extended through January 31, 2021. 
  • In order to be covered by this moratorium, you must sign and submit a declaration to your landlord. The updated moratorium and declaration are available here in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, and French.
  • If the Rental Assistance Program does not cover the full amount that you owe to your landlord, please ask your landlord to enter into a payment plan. Templates are available here. For guidance on how to speak with your landlord about this topic, click here. For additional tenant resources, click here.
Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)
The recently announced TEDP is now live and may provide up to 6 months of rental assistance. For more details, including eligibility, click here.  For the English and Spanish brochure, click on the image.  For the brochure in many other languages, click here.
Our HOT Team has received more reports of illegal dumping in District F.  Please continue to let us know where the hot spots are.

  • Report illegal dumping to 311 first.
  • After you receive the confirmation email with the service request number, forward the email to DistrictFHot@houstontx.gov. If you have photos, please send them as well.
  • The HOT team will not pick up items located on private property.
  • Junk Waste not accepted: roofing, shingles, bricks, plaster, concrete, and large truck tires.
  • Tree Waste not accepted: lumber and treated wood.
Anti-Litter Pickers

Our office will be distributing anti-litter pickers to assist with cleaning up our community.  To request pickers, please click on the image and fill out the form.

READING RAINBOW

COVID-19 vaccine demand continues to far outstrip supply in Texas
There are only 19 prosperous majority-Black ZIP codes in the US. The Houston area is home to two