City of Houston Mayor's Mow-Down Program
The Mayor’s Mow-Down Program is a new pilot program created to address the problem of overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods. Sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful (KHB), the program aims to encourage civic groups and nonprofit organizations to make a commitment to maintain abandoned lots in their own neighborhoods.
By maintaining vacant lots in their neighborhoods, community groups can help address public safety concerns often associated with overgrown lots. Such resident-driven efforts can help enhance the neighborhood setting, protect the value of properties in the area, create unity and instill community pride.
The program offers community groups a modest fee for the mowing of City-approved abandoned lots. The first mowing is carried out by City crews. Thereafter, the community groups take over the maintenance of the lots. Participating community groups will be paid a modest fee of $50 for each approved cut after the work has been completed and verified. Each cut must be approved in advance. KHB will provide participating groups with access to tools and supplies for the projects.
City-approved abandoned properties are located throughout the City. Participating groups will be assigned to an approved property of their choice in their neighborhood. Any civic association or non-profit organization interested in maintaining a City-approved abandoned property is eligible to apply for participation in the program.
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