Department of Neighborhoods
Mayor's Anti-Gang Office



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A Message from the Anti-Gang Office

There’s no question that Houston’s youth are our most valuable resource. They will become the future leaders of our city so it’s important to insure that they have access to the best possible resources to achieve success. Some youth however, make choices or experience challenges that threaten their safety and well-being. Since 1994 the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office has worked to provide comprehensive responses to gang involvement and juvenile delinquency through program development, direct services, collaboration, education, and policy development.


You can help too. Consider becoming a mentor, join a PTO or volunteer at your local school, start an after-school program or volunteer with a youth service organization. You can also simply spend quality time with your own kids. The opportunities to make a positive difference are as limitless as the benefits that are gained. The staff of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office encourages you to help young people succeed.



Programs and Services

The Anti-Gang Office provides programs and services ranging from social work case management for delinquent, gang involved and adjudicated youth, to community outreach, education, and awareness for parents, youth service professionals and community stakeholders.





Gangs 101

Be Gang Free


Gangs form for many different reasons including profit from criminal activity, territorial claims, protection, culture or community history. They recruit young people - male and female, of all ethnicities and all socio-economic backgrounds -from all communities throughout our city.


Gangs that commit most quality of life crimes that affect communities and neighborhoods are criminal street gangs.



Contact Us


Mayor's Anti-Gang Office


Patricia Harrington, Division Manager

Anti-Gang Office

Department of Neighborhoods

P.O. Box 1562

Houston, TX 77251

Phone Number 832.393.0931
Email: patricia.harrington







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By city ordinance visual blight means any unauthorized graffiti or any other unauthorized form of painting, scratching, writing or inscription, including without limitation, initials, slogans or drawings, regardless of the content or nature of the material that has been applied to any wall, building, fence, sign, or other structure or surface and is visible from any public property or right-of-way or is visible from the private property of another person. – Code of Ordinances Ch.10 Sec. 10-541.



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PLEASE NOTE ... Requests must be made 30 days in advance and will only be confirmed by the Mayor's Anti-Gang Office.