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August 23, 2011

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The City of Houston welcomed its newest department, the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), on August 10, 2011 with approval from City Council. The DON accomplishes an efficient and effective reorganization of many divisions that were previously dispersed throughout the City organization, with the end result being a "one-stop-shop" for accessing City services and resolving neighborhood issues. Currently, the DON consists of the following divisions:

City of Houston Inspection & Public Services (CHIPS) - formerly Neighborhood Protection Corps
Mayor's Anti-Gang Office
Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office (CAO)
Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Mayor's Office of Immigration & Refugee Affairs (MOIRA)
Mayor's Volunteer Initiatives Program (VIP)

The Department of Neighborhoods is here to serve you - together we can work toward improved quality of life in Houston's neighborhoods.

For further information about DON, see


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Gulf Coast Reads: On The Same Page
"One Book, One City" Reading Initiative Kick Off

Kick Off Event
Saturday, August 27, 2011
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Houston Public Library Central Library
500 McKinney, Houston, 77002

You are invited for a special day of entertaining activities to officially launch the Houston area's new reading and programming series, Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page. The program will begin with a book discussion of "One Amazing Thing," followed by the official opening featuring special guests and an interactive presentation from "One Amazing Thing" author Chitra Divakaruni. The afternoon will be filled with fun ongoing crafts, presentations and cultural entertainment, all related to the theme of the book.


  • 11 a.m.: Book Discussion, featuring special guest, Connie Lewis from Houston Great Books Council
  • Noon: Official Opening and Author Presentation
  • 2 p.m.: Ongoing Activities

This educational and fun citywide reading initiative is being presented in partnership by the Houston Public Library, Fort Bend County Libraries, Harris County Public Library, and Montgomery County Memorial Library. The goal of Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is to cultivate a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, places of worship, schools and parks to discuss the book. This program will take place Saturday, August 27 through Friday, September 30, 2011.

For more details visit More information will become available on events, book discussions and author visits. Please revisit for the most up-to-date information.

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Houston Public Library - Phone: 832.393.1313

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