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  May 4, 2012

City of Houston E-Newsletter

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Public Hearings on Proposed International Service to Hobby Airport

Houston Airport SystemThe City of Houston is currently considering a proposal that would add international service to Houston's William P. Hobby Airport. Public meetings are scheduled through the next several weeks so that the City can share information on this issue and solicit feedback from the community.

To learn more and to weigh in on the proposal, attend one of the following meetings:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
9 a.m.
City Council Chamber
901 Bagby
Houston 77002
Presentations by Houston Airport System (HAS) consultants and airlines
Public comment

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel JFK
15747 JFK Boulevard
Houston 77032
Questions and answers with HAS Director Mario Diaz
Public comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Marriott Houston South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway
Houston 77017
Questions and answers with HAS Director Mario Diaz
Public comment

For more information on the effort to launch international service from Hobby Airport, visit To learn more about Houston Airports, visit

City of Houston Cohosts NeighborhoodLIFTSM a Homebuyer Event
May 11 - 12, 2012

To help Houston overcome the effects of the housing crisis, the City of Houston is partnering with Wells Fargo banks and NeighborhoodWorks America to present NeighborhoodLIFTSM, a program designed to help communities attract qualified, prospective homebuyers to neighborhoods struggling with high inventories of unsold homes.

The NeighborhoodLIFTSM program will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston 77010. At the event, prospective homebuyers can participate in tours of affordable residential properties for sale in the city and will be able to apply for down payment assistance grants of up to $15,000 provided by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by NeighborWorks America Houston affiliate, Avenue Community Development Corporation.

To qualify for the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program down payment assistance grants applicant income shall not exceed 120 percent of the local median income. There are additional requirements of completion of an eight-hour homebuyer education session with the approved NeighborWorks America affiliate and a commitment to stay in the home for five years. Representatives from Wells Fargo, Avenue Community Development Corporation and the City of Houston will be on site to help with the processing of applications for grants and other services.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly recommended in order to guarantee the ability to meet one-on-one with a representative. Prospective homebuyers can sign up to attend the event by Wednesday, May 9 at Click on the Consumers Tab and then click on the Houston event for more details including information about free parking in designated lots. To learn more call 1.866.858.2151.

The five-year goal of the program is $3 billion in mortgage purchase loans by Wells Fargo, and a $9 million investment the bank is making this year for down payment assistance grants and homebuyer support programs that help consumers achieve successful, sustainable home ownership.

For more information contact Marc Eichenbaum at To learn more about the City of Houston and its services visit

Houston Public Library Placemaking Workshop
Your input requested for the use of
Houston Public Library's Central Library Plaza

Houston Public Library (HPL) Placemaking Workshop
Thursday, May 10, 2012
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Central Library
Concourse Meeting Room
500 McKinney
Houston 77002

Library Plaza

HPL invites you to participate in a Placemaking Workshop for the Central Library Plaza. This is a project that will help transform the Central Library Plaza into a vibrant, exciting, active public space and make it a downtown destination for people of all ages and backgrounds. This workshop will be a fun, interactive session to brainstorm on the potential of the space. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Central Library parking garage or at the Heritage Society, located at 1100 Bagby, Houston 77002.

Thanks to generous support from the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Reinvestment Zone Number Three, HPL is able to engage Project for Public Spaces to help the Library develop a well-conceived and managed re-imagined public space. Such a space could provide a platform for programs and events on the plaza and could even help positively activate this area of downtown.

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Houston Public Library * Phone: 832.393.1313 *

City of Houston Enhances Effort to Collect Delinquent Water Payments
Unpaid Accounts Face Loss of Service

Water FaucetEffective Thursday, May 3, 2012, the Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) started an enhanced effort to cut off water service to commercial customers with seriously past due water bills. Similar action will follow in two weeks for multi-family and residential property owners who do not pay off their delinquent accounts. More than 22,000 city water customers are more than 200 days past due on their water bills. The number of days past due averages 231 and the total amount due the city exceeds $13 million.

PWE has hired temporary customer service staff to assist with service suspensions, to help with the increase in payment activity anticipated as a result of the enhanced collection effort and also to quickly turn service back on once the payments are processed.

The city offers assistance to eligible senior citizens, the disabled and low income single-family homeowners who are financially unable to pay their water bills. For more information visit

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