Census Week: Sept. 7 – 12

We need all hands on deck as the deadline to fill out the 2020 census form is coming up on September 30th. The City of Houston is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding if we don’t get as many residents as possible counted during this census period. Because the census is only conducted every ten years, what we do now determines how Houston will operate for the next decade. That’s why September 7-12 has been designated as Census Week in District J. As part of the effort to encourage residents to participate, there will be several initiatives all week long, culminating on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a caravan event in the Gulfton area.It’s imperative that every home complete the Census to ensure District J receives as many resources as possible for our residents. Your neighborhood cannot receive adequate funds to support services such as hospitals, transportation, schools, roads and other needs if there isn’t an accurate count of our residents. In order for District J to be the best it can be, every person must participate. To access the census, visit www.2020census.gov.

City Council Members Recommend Police Reform Measures to Mayor Turner

Council Member Pollard joined several of his colleagues in drafting a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner that details their ideas for police reform in Houston. CM Pollard appeared on several media outlets to discuss the issue and provide perspective on suggestions made in the letter. Click the picture to read the letter in its entirety.

The Alliance Offers Free Job Training to Help Local EconomyThe Alliance, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for underserved residents in Houston is offering qualified applicants free training for high-demand occupations including Certified Nurse Aid, Commercial Truck Driver, Home Based Child Care Provider, Electrocardiogram Technician, Basic Electric Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician. Classes take place mostly online with a live instructor. For more information or to enroll, visit https://thealliancetx.org or send an email to info@thealliancetx.org

District J Residents Receive Food, PPE from the Health Equity Response Task ForceCouncil Member Pollard was on hand to help volunteers distribute food, PPE, health resources and census information to 1,000 families as part of an initiative organized by the Health Equity Response Task Force. The event took place at the Notre Dame Catholic Church in Southwest Houston. A special thanks goes out to the mayor’s administration, volunteers, community partners and medical professionals for addressing the urgent needs of this community.
Keeping District J Beautiful with the City’s Solid Waste DepartmentIn an effort to keep District J clean and safe, a team from the Solid Waste Department conducted its bi-weekly trash pickup and power washing. The cleanup efforts take place at each freeway underpass on Highway 59 from Chimney Rock to Beltway 8 within District J. CM Pollard’s office asks each resident to do your part as well to help keep our neighborhoods clean.
Using Technology to Design Better, Safer Roads in the DistrictThe state of our roads in Houston is actually a significant priority for many residents. That’s why CM Pollard took some time to ride around the district in a state-of-the-art van that uses technology to give insight into which streets need the most repair. Representatives from Data Transfer Solutions and engineers from Houston Public Works were on hand to demonstrate how the technology can help redesign streets.
Standing in Solidarity with the Local Lebanese CommunityThe office of CM Pollard was honored to stand in solidarity with members of our local Lebanese community as they mourn the lives lost and those injured in a massive explosion in the city of Lebanon. The mayor’s office lit City Hall red and green to represent the colors of the Lebanese flag. CM Pollard hosted a press conference with leaders from Houston’s Lebanese community, and dozens of residents gathered on the steps of City Hall to remember their brothers and sisters back in their native land. Special thanks to the city’s special events team and CM Sallie Alcorn for standing with us in support.
Supporting Our Law Enforcement OfficersCouncil Member Pollard showed his support for members of the Houston Police Department by dropping off snacks for the officers to enjoy while participating in mental health training. The council member recognizes that although police reform is needed, officers do not often receive recognition for the good work they do in the community. Special thanks to Ray Hunt, Sgt. Reese, and the Peer Support Division.
Illegal Dumping Issues ResolvedIllegal dumping of trash, furniture and other items causes blight in our community. We implore all residents, business owners and visitors to help us keep District J clean and safe by disposing of waste in the proper receptacles and reporting incidents of illegal dumping. We are thankful to the city’s Solid Waste Department for their work in helping to resolve these issues. The pictures below show before and after a recent cleanup effort along Highway 59 near Beechnut, Mullins and Dashwood, the 9000 block of Benning, and the 6000 block of Westheimer, respectively.

Highway 59 at Beechnut

Mullins at Dashwood

5000 Block of Winsome

9000 Block of Benning

6000 Block of Westheimer

Curb Repair Issue ResolvedA District J resident reported damage to a curb on Stroud Dr. between Waldo and Osage. Our Director of Constituent Services made sure to get the repair completed by working with city colleagues in the Houston Public Works department.