Council Member Amy Peck

Tax Credit Apartment Update
A message from Amy about the proposed tax credit apartments proposed in District A

Meet the District A Team

It is my honor to serve you as your City Council Member for District A. The District A Team and I are here to assist you! Please contact us with questions or concerns: districta@houstontx.gov or 832-393-3010.
Left to right: Sarah Singleton, Liz Miranda, Amy Peck, Patrick Coleman, and Josie De Leon

Liz Miranda, Chief of Staff

Liz Miranda serves as Chief of Staff for Council Member Amy Peck. She is a proud resident of District A. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston-Downtown, and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She started as in intern for Council Member Ed Gonzalez in 2013, and most recently served as Director of Constituent Services for Council Member Brenda Stardig since 2014. Liz has a passion for public service and community outreach. In her spare time, Liz loves spending time with family, friends, and volunteering at church.

Patrick Coleman, Deputy Chief of Staff

Patrick Coleman serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Council Member Amy Peck and is a resident of District A. He graduated from the University of Houston (GO COOGS!) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate/Organizational Communications and a minor in English. He has served the City of Houston since 2018. He found his passion for public service when he was exposed to a City Council Meeting during an internship. He then signed up for the University of Houston’s Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) where he interned for a Texas State Representative and United States Representative. A few months after graduation he started at the City of Houston. He enjoys watching movies, fishing, spending time with family and watching Houston’s professional sports teams.

Sarah Singleton, Director of Constituent Services

Sarah serves District A as the Director of Constituent Services. Her passion is people, and she looks forward to serving District A. She enjoys connecting with constituents and helping them solve issues. Sarah has previously served as District Director in both the Texas State House and State Senate.  She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Josie De Leon, Community Outreach/Scheduler

Josie De Leon currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator and Scheduler for Council Member Amy Peck. She previously worked for former Council Member Mike Laster as Administrative Assistant. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Denver Harbor Senior Citizens, Inc. She enjoyed working with the seniors in her community. Her goals are to serve and support the community of District A and work on resolving issues and concerns for the constituents. Josie loves family time, crafting and baseball.

2020 CIP Meeting/Annual Spring Community Meeting

The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) meetings are held annually by each district to discuss the ongoing and upcoming CIP projects. The CIP includes large, long-term projects such as: infrastructure projects, flooding mitigation projects, buildings, parks, and libraries. These projects do not include day-to-day maintenance of streets. This meeting provides an opportunity to receive your valuable input about what projects you would like to see in District A.
The City of Houston wants everyone to participate and will accommodate residents with disabilities and special needs by advance request. To request accommodations, call
832-393-0955.
Not sure which district you live in? Visit: www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html
District A Spring Community (CIP) Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
White Oak Conference Center
7603 Antoine Drive
Houston, Texas 77088

Assistance with Watson Grinding & Manufacturing Explosion

To Receive Assistance:
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) is assisting with recovery efforts. MAM is ready to help with rehousing, case management, and mental health counseling.
If you need assistance from MAM, please complete this form:
The Small Business Administration(SBA) has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to residents and businesses affected by the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Facility explosion that occurred Jan. 24, 2020. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 11, 2020.
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster. The SBA disaster recovery specialists will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application:
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Brenda and John Duncan YMCA
Multipurpose Room B
10655 Clay Road
Houston, TX 77041
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closes 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5
No appointment is necessary.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates can be as low as 3.75 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
The deadline to apply for property damage is April 13, 2020.
The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 13, 2020.
Explosion Town Hall
Thank you so much to Lowe’s for stepping up with supplies and volunteers to help with the clean up effort in the neighborhoods!
Delivering food to the neighborhood with the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast
To Donate to Those Impacted by the Explosion:
In collaboration with the City of Houston, the American Red Cross, and Memorial Assistance Ministries, the Brenda and John Duncan YMCA is collecting monetary contributions and gift cards that will be distributed to families and individuals that have sustained damage to or been displaced from their homes or residences.
Monetary donations can be made at the center or online at https://donate.ymcahouston.org/duncan-ymca-spring-branch-explosion-recovery

Upcoming Events

John Knox Presbyterian Church Rodeo

Houston Parks Board Announces 2020 Year of Event

As Bayou Greenways 2020 nears completion, Houston Parks Board is hosting two major events this spring to celebrate. On April 4, Houston Parks Board will host the Sights & Sounds Festival. Festivalgoers can walk or cycle a two-mile stretch of greenway along White Oak Bayou while enjoying a variety of performances and experiences from Stude Park to the University of Houston Downtown through Near Northside. To learn more about Sights & Sounds Festival, visit the Houston Parks Board website and register for free here.
Then, on May 9, Houston Parks Board and Orange Show Center for Visionary Art will host Houston’s inaugural Art Bike Parade. The parade will kick off along Allen Parkway, where event participants will cycle together to showcase their rolling works of art. Attendees can head over to Sam Houston Park to enjoy music, family activities, food, and more throughout the day. Registration to ride in Art Bike Parade opens today, and spectators are invited to observe and enjoy the parade for free. Visit HoustonArtBikeParade.org to learn more.

Events from Last Month

So thankful to those who stepped up and donated to the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation to purchase this much needed rescue equipment! FAST Rescue Solutions boards were created by a firefighter and will be used on ladder, HazMat, and rescue trucks.‬
Speaking at Outpost Estates about crime, flooding, and the high speed rail! We also talked about the Special Minimum Lot Size Designation to prevent lots being divided. To apply: https://www.houstontx.gov/p…/Min-Lot_Size-Min_Bldg_Line.html
I spoke at the Spring Branch North Super Neighborhood meeting. The Spring Shadows Mom’s Club also spoke about their group. Thanks to Alexis Thompson, Caroline Clay, Allison Melnar, and Geri Powell for speaking. If you are interested in joining, please email ssmomsclub@gmail.com. You do not have to live in Spring Shadows to join!
Supporting the Spring Branch ISD students at the FFA! FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
The Spring Branch Management District’s Art on Long Point Kick Off. A map of the artwork locations can be found at: the Spring Branch Management District page.