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August 20, 2008

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GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECTS

Learn how to access grants for your neighborhood improvement projects by attending one of The City of Houston Planning and Development Department public workshops. The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Workshops will assist your community-based organization with everything you need to know about the application process and deadlines.

.         Saturday, August 23, 2008, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the John P. McGovern/Stella Link Library, located at 7405 Stella Link Rd (between N. Braeswood Blvd. & Bellaire Blvd.)

.         Tuesday, August 26, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Collier Regional Library, located at 6200 Pinemont Dr. 

For information about the program and directions to the workshops, please visit our website at www.houstontx.gov/planning or contact James Nimene at (713) 837-7821, james.nimene@cityofhouston.net.


CITY OF HOUSTON MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 3rd

Interested applicants for the 2008-09 Mayor’s Youth Council are invited to apply on-line at www.houstontx.gov/houstonyouth. An a applicant must be a high school student, who resides or attends school in the City of Houston, generally between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18), demonstrates strong interests in gaining knowledge about city government and promoting discussion on youth-related issues.

Applications are due by midnight on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information call 832-393-0971.


JOIN THE "REACH OUT TO DROPOUTS" WALK
Join Mayor and Mrs. White on September 6, 2008

Mayor Bill and Andrea White invite you to participate in the 5th annual "Reach Out to Dropouts" walk and make a difference in young people's lives. The event is part of the citywide initiative "Expectation Graduation," a collaborative effort founded by Houston Independent School District, Houston A+ Challenge, and the City of Houston. Thousands of students have been brought back to school through this effort.

This year, participating school districts include: Aldine, Alief, Channelview, Cypress-Fairbanks, Galena Park, Goose Creek Consolidated, Houston, Lamar Consolidated, North Forest, Sheldon,Spring Branch and Stafford. For more information visit www.houstontx.gov/education/reachout.html

 

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HERE EXPO
Thursday, September 18, 2008

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The City of Houston and a host of community partners invite you to attend our upcoming Housing and Employment Resources Expo for People with Disabilities.

This event, on Thursday, September 18, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E, will feature workshops, exhibits, resource agencies, employers, supporters from the business community, and a program including a presentation by Mayor White.

Visit www.houstonhereexpo.org or www.houstontx/gov/disabilities to sign-up online as a participant, sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer.

Join us in making Houston a city of real opportunity for all members of our community!

 


DO YOU WANT TO HELP US MAKE OUR CITY GREEN?
Environmental Violation Handbook

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The City of Houston is the first city in the nation to create and publish a public Environmental Violation Handbook. This handbook captures the 30 most common environmental violations, from illegal dumping into storm drains, and sewer overflow, to industrial waste, chemical spills, and smoking vehicles. The handbook provides detailed information and photographs on what citizens should look out for and how to properly report the violation so we can get the problem fixed.

To view the Environmental Violation Handbook and for more information about the Office of Environmental Programming, visit www.greenhoustontx.gov/pdf/violations.pdf.


OEM Logo2-1-1 EMERGENCY EVACUATION ASSISTANCE

In the event of an evacuation, would you need assistance? If so, dial 2-1-1 to register for free emergency evacuation assistance or register online at 2-1-1 Logowww.houstontx.gov/oem/str2007.html

1. Identify your needs.

2. Call 2-1-1.

3. Renew registration annually.

Be prepared for an emergency. It's easy. It takes only a few minutes.

 


FIRE FIGHTERS FOUNDATION PUBLIC OUTREACH CAMPAIGN

Fire Fighters Foundation GraphicThe Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston has launched its new public outreach campaign to raise funds for equipment for the City of Houston Fire Department. This funding is needed to provide firefighter equipment that is beyond the scope of funds provided by the city budget.

The majority of funds donated to the Fire Fighters Foundation come from attendance and sponsorship of an annual gala that is held every September 11th to commemorate the courage and dedication of Houston fire fighters. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Foundation on its website at www.fffhouston.com.


MORE THAN 400,000 TEXANS YET TO CLAIM STIMULUS CHECKS

More than 400,000 Texans may be eligible to receive federal economic stimulus checks but have not yet made a claim, according to the IRS. These rebates can still be claimed by filing a 2007 tax return before the October 15th deadline. Veterans, retirees, and others who typically are not required to file tax returns are at the highest risk of not receiving their share of the stimulus. As of late June, Texans are missing out on more than $124 million in unclaimed rebates.

Learn how you can help Texans claim their stimulus checks at www.cppp.org/research.php?aid=776.


REMINDING PARENTS TO OBTAIN BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services reminds parents that the most convenient location to obtain copies of birth certificates for their children entering school this year is the multi-service center or health center nearest to them. Schools districts usually require a certified copy of a birth certificate upon initial enrollment.

To view a list of Bureau of Vital Statistics sites and their days of operation visit www.houstontx.gov/health/BirthCert/index.html.

For more information, call 311 or 713-794-9050 for birth certificates.


FREE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR CHILDREN

Care Van GraphicThroughout the year, The BlueCross BlueShield Care Van is giving free childhood vaccinations to children, birth to 18 years at select Houston fire stations. Since 2005, more than 3,500 children have been vaccinated through this program in participation with the Fire Department. The parent or guardian will need to provide all prior immunization records.

For a list of fire stations providing free vaccinations, and for more information about the Care Van, please visit www.carevan.org.


JOIN US FOR BOOKS ON THE BAYOU
and Share a Great Book with Your Neighbors

Library LogoMayor Bill White and the Houston Public Library invite all Houstonians to join in reading "Ellen Foster" for the annual Books on the Bayou Program. Books on the Bayou brings together Houstonians to read the same book at the same time, provoking discussion among co-workers, friends, families and classrooms. The program cultivates a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to visit libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the featured book.

For more information about the Books on the Bayou Program visit www.houstonlibrary.org/booksonthebayou/index.html.


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