Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Revised March 26, 2020
The West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (MMSC) team, including the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), have been closely monitoring community developments in regards to the operations of the MMSC during this public health emergency. To decrease the community spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the following measures are in place effective March 18, 2020:
- As of 7:00 PM Wednesday March 18, 2020, the West Gray Metropolitan Multi-Service Center will be closed to the public until further notice
- All HPARD and MOPD led events and activities at the MMSC will be cancelled through Thursday, April 30, 2020
- Consistent with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s emergency declaration and guidance from the Houston Health Department (HHD), private events, private leagues and private gatherings with 10 people or more are cancelled through Thursday, April 30, 2020
- Houstonians with disabilities can still contact MOPD staff for referrals and constituent services by calling 832-394-0814 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours
- MMSC outdoor amenities (tennis courts, trail, ballfield and playground) will remain open to the public
- MOPD Restaurant Drive-Through Guidelines during the Coronvirus outbreak (.pdf)
Any changes to these procedures will be communicated through our social media channels and on our website. Houstonians should visit www.houstonemergency.org/covid19 for updated information about local risk, routine protective actions, frequently asked questions, communication resources, rumor control, emergency preparedness tips, and more.
- Disaster Preparedness and Response Official to Speak at the November Meeting of the Houston Commission on Disabilities
- Mayor Appoints New Director of Office For People With Disabilities (09.16.2019)
- Task Force Seeks Street Safety Input from People with Disabilities July 9 and 11
- Houston, Texas ... From a Disability Perspective (.pdf)
- February 12, 2019 -- Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities Co-hosts ReelAbilities Film and Arts Festival Starting Today
The mission of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is to serve as the primary advocate for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities. The Office also serves as a liaison between the mayor, city council, city departments and other public and private entities on matters pertaining to people with disabilities in Houston. MOPD's vision is a city where everyone understands the importance of equal participation and full inclusion of all citizens, including citizens with disabilities.
We accomplish this mission by providing and participating in programs and services which address the needs and rights of citizens with disabilities, including:
- Facilitating delivery of services - including city services
- Acting as liaison to Houston Commission on Disabilities (HCoD), City Council and other City Departments
- Making recommendations to public and private entities regarding the development of policy and legislation
- Establishing fundamental local, state and national partnerships to promote community awareness
- Administering, developing new, and participating in programs and services according to our mission
About MOPD: In Other Languages
- For past announcements, go to www.houstontx.gov/disabilities/archive.html.
Free Visual Fire Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Register for a free visual fire alarm now. Free visual fire alarms are made possible through the City of Houston Fire Department, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Free Visual Fire Alarm (.pdf, English, updated February 2020)