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March 6, 2020

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Serving Neighborhoods Bulletin

TaKasha Francis Message

District Community Meetings
February 24 - March 26

Mayor Sylvester Turner invites the community to participate in the annual Capital Improvement Plan meeting in each city council district to offer comments and suggestions about needed services and infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods. Experts will be available before and after the meetings to answer questions and provide informational resources. Accommodations will be made for residents with disabilities and special needs by advance request. To request accommodations, call 832-393-0955.

Meeting info & Map of Meetings

2020 CIP Meetings Info Graphic

Super Neighborhood Alliance Meeting
City Hall Annex – Public Level
900 Bagby St.  77002
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.

The Super Neighborhood Alliance consists of the presidents and chairs of Super Neighborhood Councils and serves as an advisory board to the mayor and city government on community matters. All residents are welcome to attend these public meetings to listen to presentations by city departments, advisory committees and community partners. [Meeting info]

View of Buffalo Bayou from Downtown

Wills, Trusts and Estate Plans
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Place
M.C. Daniels Bldg.
7725 Sandra St., Bldg. B  77016

The City of Houston is partnering with NRCDC Houston, Houston Volunteer Lawyers and the Houston Bar Association Elder Law Committee to present a free estate planning class for the Houston community. Volunteer attorneys will address the following questions:  Why do I need a will?  What will happen to my assets when I die?  Who will care for my children if I die?  Admission is free and includes dinner. To register call 713-520-5232 or send an email to [Flyer]

Wills and Trusts Graphic for March 2020

Complete Communities Meeting - Alief-Westwood
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
9745 Bissonnet St. 77036
Join us for the second Complete Communities Alief-Westwood public meeting. We need your input to develop goals, projects and strategies to help make your neighborhood a Complete Community!  We invite you to share this announcement with residents from the Alief and Westwood communities. For more information and to RSVP, click on the following link:

Complete Communities Alief Graphic

Complete Communities – Magnolia Park-Manchester
Survey Submission Deadline - Monday, March 16

Thank you to those who attended the Complete Communities Magnolia Park-Manchester second public meeting held on February 8, 2020 at Mission Milby CDC. Approximately 40 residents attended the meeting and worked with city departments and community agencies to develop projects and goals for the Magnolia Park-Manchester action plan. If you were unable to attend and would like to provide input, we invite you to complete an online survey in English or Spanish at Please submit your survey by Monday, March 16.

Woman Writing on an Easel

Property Tax Protests, Exemptions & Deferments
Tuesday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Place
M.C. Daniels Building
7725 Sandra St., Bldg. B   77016

Sign up for this workshop to learn how the property tax system works, how exemptions save you money, how to protest your property taxes, how your property taxes are calculated, and options for avoiding delinquent taxes. Harris County Appraisal District and Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office staff will be present to address specific account questions for participants. To RSVP call 713-520-5232 or go

Property Tax Class Flyer

Citizenship Forum
Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.
Milby High School
1601 Broadway St.  77012

Legal permanent residents can get free help to complete citizenship applications and receive one-on-one consultation with immigration attorneys at our monthly forums. Each session serves a maximum of 75 people on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 1-888-839-8682.
[Event flyer - bilingual]

Citizenship Forum

Homebuyer Education Class
Saturday, March 21, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Place
M.C. Daniels Building
7725 Sandra St., Bldg. B   77016

We're co-hosting a monthly homebuyer education class to explain the home purchasing process and help neighbors become better informed buyers. This class requires a $25 registration fee. For more information contact Nia Murry at 713-520-5232 or

Homebuyer Education Class

Credit & Budgeting 101
Monday, March 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Place
M.C. Daniels Building
7725 Sandra St., Bldg. B   77016

Learn about basic tools and techniques that can help you manage your budget wisely! A little knowledge can help you save a lot of money! Admission is free and registration is required due to limited seating. For more information call 713-520-5232 or go to

Credit and Budgeting 101

Complete Communities Meeting - Fort Bend Houston
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Willowridge High School
16301 Chimney Rock Rd. 77053

Residents are invited to attend this meeting to help develop strategies to address the challenges and concerns of the Fort Bend Houston community. The meeting will focus on education, neighborhood character, health, and safety. Residents will help prioritize projects, develop economic strategies, and identify partners that can be a part of the solution. Residents will also have an opportunity to join Complete Communities action teams. For more information call 832-393-6600.

Fort Bend Complete Community

Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD)
Community Office Hours Available
Wednesdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Houston Housing and Community Development Department assists residents during Community Office Hours, every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Specialists from all HCDD programs are available to provide program information, status updates, and assistance with surveys and applications. Individuals who need in-depth guidance are encouraged to visit in person. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments required. Assistance is also available by phone. Once a month, the department also offers the same services via Community Office Hours "On the Road" at various community centers throughout the city. For a list of HCDD programs, visit

Assistance in Person at HCDD Offices
Community Office Hours - Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.
Houston Housing and Community Development Department
2100 Travis Street, 9th Floor  77002

Assistance in Person at Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
Community Office Hours “On the Road”
Wednesday, March 11, 1-4 p.m.
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street  77020 

Assistance by Phone
Community Office Hours & General Inquiries:   832-394-6200
Harvey Recovery Assistance:  832-393-0550

Housing Department Community Office Hours

Coronavirus Updates – Stay informed

Visit for Houston-specific COVID-19 updates, key messages, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, travel advisories, emergency preparedness tips and more.

Coronavirus Precautions

Yes! to Census 2020!
The Census occurs every ten years and counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census count determines where billions of dollars in federal funding go for disaster recovery, medical care, fire departments, schools, roads, housing and other resources. It also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative district lines.

A one percent undercount could cost Houston $250 million in federal funds.Therefore, let’s say no to undercounting in our communities and #YEStotheCensus. Respond to the census online, by phone or mail in April!  Remember, the information you provide cannot be shared with anyone and is protected by law from other branches of government.

For 2020 Census information, call 1-800-923-8282 or visit For Houston and Harris County census outreach information and events visit

Say Yes to the Census

Volunteer with Houston Service
Make a positive difference in our neighborhoods by helping with a community service project. Register to volunteer at Houston Service! Maintained by our Volunteer Initiatives Program, the website also serves as a venue for community groups to share volunteer opportunities. We invite nonprofits to post their listings!

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Alert Houston Notifications:  Stay Informed!
The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management encourages Houstonians to sign up for Alert Houston emergency notifications!  Subscribers have the option of being contacted by email, text and/or voice call notifications. Register at

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