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    Asian Heritage Bus Tour

    Upcoming Dates: 12/23/2017 Join us for a 4.5 hour bus tour across Southwest Houston and learn about the exciting history of Southwest Houston! This tour takes you around the Chinatown and International Districts to explore and experience popular dining and shopping hotspots in the area,… Read More
  • Houston TranStar Cautions Commuters: When Stranded, Stay in Your Car

    A flat on the freeway. Extreme temperatures overheating your engine. A fender bender causing you to pull to the side of the road. The possibilities are as many as parts of a car, and all unplanned. However, if you find yourself stranded on Houston-area roadways, you can have a plan for… Read More
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    Webinar - How to Submit an Award Winning Nomination - NSBWA 2018

    Join the Houston NSBWA Coordinator for a brief WEBINAR on how to submit this year's award winning nomination for local and national categories. Monday and Thursday at 10 am until January 4th (except Dec 25th and 28th). The SBA is now accepting the following nominations for the 2018 Small… Read More
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    The District Journel, Nov. 3, 2017

    Houston Astros World Series Champs! Enough Said! Thank You, - Council Member Mike Laster, District J Cigna Sunday Streets Gulfton will be the location for the city-wide Cigna Sunday Streets event on Sunday, November 5th, 12-4pm on Bellaire between Hillcroft and Chimney Rock. The streets… Read More
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    2017 Sister Cities of Houston Annual Fall Concert “Sister Cities – Our Bridges to the World”, Nov. 18

    HOUSTON — Sister Cities Houston President Harry Gee stated, “As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever.” On Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., Sister… Read More
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    Recycling Returns November 13, 2017

    After a 2-and-a-half-month suspension due to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, the City of Houston's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) will resume its curbside recycling collection schedule starting Monday, November 13, 2017. The resumption of service is as follows: "B Week"… Read More
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    Get Ready - The Big Give is Coming!

    GET READY - Your chance to help our furry friends at the BARC Shelter is coming... Mark your calendar for November 28th - that's the day where Houston will give big! The Houston BARC Foundation is thrilled to participate in this annual online one-day giving opportunity. Your gift can help… Read More
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    HPD vs Dynamo 18U Charity Game - Fundraiser for Assist the Officer Foundation

    The Dynamo will be playing their last season game at BVVA Stadium THIS Sunday, October 22nd at 3pm vs. the Chicago Fire. Tickets to this game will be sold for $20 dollars with $5 dollars of each ticket going to the Assist the Officer Foundation. This ticket will also give you entry to the… Read More
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    District J Journal - Oct. 12

    A New Chapter for Lee LeClear Tennis Center The Lee LeClear Tennis Center, located in District J, has been the largest public tennis facility in our City for the last 40 years. While the center has received recent upgrades - resurfacing of the courts, repaved parking lot and additional… Read More
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    Salute to Veterans Business Workshop

    Veterans, Let Us Help You Grow! This free event will introduce you to important contacts across Houston that can help you plan or grow your business, find financing alternatives, learn how to get federal contracts, and provide an opportunity for networking with other veteran business… Read More
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    ECHOS: Last Shred Day of 2017, Oct. 21

    Join us for Shred Day - October 21st, 9 AM-12 PM Do you have paper piling up? Are you looking to get rid of paperwork damaged in the storm? Recycled Electronics will be accepted! Bring them to ECHOS SHRED DAY! Drive up, get a donation receipt and we'll unload your car for you! It is just… Read More
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    Free METRO Rides for Students Extended Through October

    METRO is extending its free rides to all area students through Oct. 31, 2017. Many families are still dealing with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since Hurricane Harvey, and METRO continues to help. Students are encouraged to show their student ID and do not tap… Read More
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    Register your neighborhood for National Night Out on Oct. 3

    The Board of Directors of the Southwest Management District invites neighborhood associations as well as apartment communities to register to host National Night Out by contacting the appropriate coordinator at Midwest, S. Gessner or Westside divisions (the three divisions which serves… Read More
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    Celebrate Nation Night Out with us on Oct. 3

    Live Band, an Extraordinary National Night Out Taking Tuesday to a new height; Live concert on National Night. Featuring SVK Band who have performed with famed artists such as Ray Charles, Jackson 5, James Brown, and Chicago. National Night Out is an annual national-wide event where… Read More
  • Update on SBA Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Harvey

    GETTING DISASTER HELP FROM SBA - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace disaster property damage.… Read More
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  • Volunteers Need: All Hands on Deck - Must Register

    The clients from Hurricane Harvey that have been staying at the NRG Arena are moving tomorrow to a new shelter at Greenspoint Mall. This means that TODAY we are working to get things set up to welcome them. We are packing up cots, loading up cots, setting up cots, moving, packing and… Read More
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    ACA Annual Food and Toy Drive

    Alief Community Association Inc. 501(C)3 non-profit organization, is holding the 9th annual toy and food drive. Each year they reach out to families and children that are less fortunate. Can you help them fill the Wish List so that they may help 150 Families with Thanksgiving Dinner… Read More
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    District J Recovers: Sept. 19

    Disaster Recovery Center at Bayland Park FEMA has opened up a Disaster Recovery Center at Bayland Community Center (6400 Bissonnet). The center will be open from 7am - 7pm, 7 days a week. You can apply for federal assistance, receive information about resources available and ask for… Read More
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    Updates from your City of Houston

    Houston Recovers from Harvey The Planning & Development (P&D) family hopes that everyone is safe and well, considering the extreme circumstance our city experienced over the last two weeks. Hurricane Harvey affected all of us one way or another, but it also brought us together.… Read More
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  • Cong Al Green Hurricane Harvey Resource Town Hall Sept 2017
  • Harvey Assistance for Seniors and Disabled Citizens

    If you are a senior or disabled citizen still in need of assistance with a damaged home, please let your District J office know. The City of Houston is attempting to gather names, addresses and phone numbers to connect constituents with volunteer resources as soon as possible. Please let… Read More
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    Fact Sheet: What to Expect when You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

    If you suffered property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Harvey, you are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. Help may be available for uninsured or underinsured losses or when… Read More
  • Why Should I Return the SBA Loan Application?

    After you apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), you may be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are asked to submit an application for a low-interest SBA disaster loan, don’t hesitate. If SBA determines you are… Read More
  • Texas Renters May Be Eligible for Federal Help

    Texas renters who experienced losses due to Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for disaster-recovery assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Grants: Renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to help with such disaster-related expenses as: Renting a home… Read More
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    Students Ride METRO for Free Through September

    METRO is offering free rides to all area students through Sept. 30, 2017. Many families are left with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since the storm. Parents accompanying students to school may also ride for free. Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts • Free rides for… Read More
  • Distribution Site - Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center

    Emergency Items & Food Distribution Neighbors in need of supplies can come by Baker-Ripley for the following items: • Hygiene Items • Household Cleaning Supplies • Diapers • School Supplies • Water • Food 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center Bldg B “Welcome… Read More
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    Free Tetanus Shots Available

    HOPE Clinic will be providing Free Tetanus shots We understand that many families in this district may have been affected by the flood. At HOPE Clinic our priority is helping the medically underserved community and in keeping true to that, we will be offering FREE Tetanus Shots to victims… Read More
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  • SBA Disaster Information

    How do I file for disaster loans? First – contact FEMA at their website: or call at 1-800-621-3362. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week Second – File for an SBA disaster loan at or 1 800 659 2955 Homeowner and renter loans up to… Read More
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    Lowe's Meyerland Location Reopening

    Lowe's will be kicking off a $500,000 donation drive by offering 5,000 free buckets of supplies at their Meyerland store (4645 Beechnut) on Thursday, September 7th. The buckets will include bleach, cleaning gloves, insect spray, bottled water, spray bottles, sponges, mops and broom. The… Read More
  • Reminder for Solid Waste Management Debris Collection

    Solid Waste Management reminds flood victims of the ongoing collection of storm debris. Please place debris at the curb separated into the following piles: Vegetative Debris – leaves, logs, plants, tree branches (do not bag). Construction & Demolition Debris – carpet, drywall, furniture,… Read More
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    Sharpstown High School Helps with Recovery

    Sharpstown High School Volunteers A special notice for residents of the Larkwood, Braeburn Glen, Bonham Acres and Braeburn Valley neighborhoods. Sharpstown High School will have volunteers available on Thursday, September 7 for assistance with the post-Harvey cleanup. If you are in the… Read More
  • Watch Out for Price Gouging and ICE/HSI Imposters

    Report Price Gouging "If Texans in affected counties believe they have been scammed or encountered price gouging during or after Hurricane Harvey, they should call the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at (800) 621-0508 or email… Read More
  • Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Houstonians

    To All Houstonians and Community Partners, In the aftermath of a natural disaster of unprecedented proportions, the people of Houston have inspired the nation with their determination, selflessness, and camaraderie. Hurricane Harvey has affected us all deeply, and the road to recovery… Read More
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    District J Begins Recovery: Donations and Volunteers

    Donations These locations in or around District J need supplies. There is a huge need for cleaning supplies and household tools (brooms, mops, bucket, etc.) Sharpstown Baptist Church 7000 Bellaire Blvd. 10am - 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, CLOSED SUNDAY Only accepting donations (clothing,… Read More
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    Solid Waste Management Department Collection Schedule due to Flooding

    To address the disaster debris created by Hurricane Harvey, the Solid Waste Management Department will be suspending some of its collection services, specifically, yard waste, recycling and junk waste/tree waste. Department operations are to be focused on the current public health issues… Read More
  • Insurance Claims and HB 1774

    My office has received multiple inquiries as to the implications of House Bill 1774 and the rumored necessity of filing insurance claims before September 1, 2017. I want to clarify the effects of this bill for everyone looking to file insurance claims on damage from Hurricane Harvey. Does… Read More
  • Beaumont Water System Fails/Harvey Devastation Is Staggering

    The unfolding catastrophe due to Hurricane Harvey is staggering! Sadly, the death toll has risen to 29 lives lost. The number of people in shelters continues to rise, new mandatory evacuations due to Barker Dam Reservoir flooding Cinco Ranch in Fort Bend County, Texas and evacuations in… Read More
  • Donations Needed

    Community Donation/Distribution Center In Need of: Clothes/ Shoes Baby Items Food Water Bed Linens Air Mattress Pillows Blankets Personal Hygiene Items Paper Goods ( Paper Towels, Toilet Paper Etc.) School Supplies Donations may be made from August 30th Thru September 9th between the… Read More
  • Help Houston Recover from Harvey

    Friends, I pray that you and your family, friends and neighbors are safe. As you all know, Harvey has been a catastrophic natural disaster for our city and our state with record-breaking rainfall causing flooding throughout Houston and Harris County, as well as along the central Texas… Read More
  • HOPE Clinic is Opened for the Community

    HOPE Clinic will be operational the rest of this week at all 3 of our sites. From 9AM to 3PM-Wednesday; 9AM-5PM Thurs. & Fri. for medical care. They have family physician, pediatrician, OB/GYN, and counseling. So if anyone lost their medication in the flood or if they are not feeling… Read More
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    File Harvey Insurance Claims ASAP: What You Need to Know

    As you know, our region is still in a state of emergency and there is flooding throughout. Flooding is still a serious threat and there are hazardous conditions across the region. People who are safely sheltered in place should remain there and avoid unnecessary travel. Know that even… Read More
  • Hurricane Harvey: List of Houston Emergency Shelters and Supply Needs

    If you are need of shelter as Houston continues to experience flood conditions as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the following locations have established temporary emergency shelters: George R. Brown Convention Center MO Campbell Education Center Holy Name Catholic Church Chinese Community… Read More
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    Mandatory Evacuations Ordered

    Many of our counties are now under MANDATORY EVACUATION orders. You may have also heard that the Barker and Addicks dams have been labeled “extremely high risk of catastrophic failure." Due to the torrential rains from Harvey, both of these dams are under pressure, and the U.S. Army Corps… Read More