September 1, 2021

Increased Water Rates Begin Today

The water rates in the City of Houston will increase starting today.  I voted against this increase because I believe there are other funds that we could use to pay for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements before increasing fees.  You can see my full statement here.

Here are some resources, information, ways to conserve, and more:

New Rates

Calculate your new bill (from September 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022)

Water Conservation Tips

Water Bill Assistance for Elderly Residents

Set up Online Access for your Water Account

Water Rates Video

Agencies that may be able to offer water utility assistance:
United Way of Greater Houston
211 or 713-957-4357

Baker Ripley
713-590-2327

Harris County Social Services
713-696-7900

Free Showerhead Swap Event

Trade in your showerhead for a water saving showerhead. You can visit any of the dates/locations below, but here is the event in District A:

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Goodwill Select Store
7960 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

Welcome Jakob Jenkins to the District A Team

Please welcome Jakob Jenkins to the District A Team!  Jakob serves as Constituent Liaison and Director of Communications. Jakob earned his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with honors in Political Science and Homeland Security. Jakob has a diverse background in government and has worked in the Virginia State Senate. He is also a devoted dad to an adorable rescue dog, a loving (soon to be) husband, and motivated public servant.

Alabonson and W. Little York Update

The Alabonson and W. Little York Drainage Improvement Project will begin later this month (exact date to be determined)!  This project will replace the storm sewer system that was blocked by tree roots.

Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

Beginning today, your neighborhood can apply for the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program.  The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program helps neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $5,000 (limited funds are available).

This program is administered in partnership between each council office and the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods. It is designed to build solid relationships among neighbors, cultivate the spirit of volunteerism, and to develop projects that build a sustainable and stronger community.

These projects Improve a neighborhood through a physical improvement, involve neighborhood residents, and have long-standing benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods/index.html 

National Night Out

National Night Out builds safer communities and enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. It is a great way to meet your neighbors!  It will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.  If your neighborhood is hosting a National Night Out event, please let my office know by emailing districta@houstontx.gov.  Please also contact your HPD division to let them know about the event too!

HPD Northwest Division: 832-394-5500
HPD North Division: 832-394-3800
HPD North Belt Division: 832-394-4900

Temporary Art Installation 

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs worked with artists to install temporary art in each Council District.  Here is some more information about our art located at the Oakbrook Greenspace!

Location: Oakbrook Greenspace (approx. address: 5215 DeSoto St., Houston, TX 77062)
Artwork: Oakbrook Gateway
Artists: Sherry Owens, Art Shirer
About: Oakbrook Gateway, created by Artists Sherry Owens and Art Shirer, is a site-specific installation located in the Oakbrook Greenspace. The installation, which is currently on view, features a pair of vertical sculptures made of welded steel. The forms, which abstractly resemble trees, are located opposite of each other on the walkway leading from the White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail.

Oakbrook Gateway welcomes visitors as they enter the park, creating a visual landmark and entry point for the area as community members come together and visit their local greenspace. Owens and Shirer specifically selected this locale for their work in hopes to present public art in innovative and previously underutilized areas, and to encourage community engagement outdoors and in public spaces.

CASE for Kids Grant for Nonprofit Organizations

CASE for Kids City Connections is an initiative funded directly by the City of Houston to support nonprofit organizations that address the need for youth services outside the school day.

Projects funded by the CASE for Kids City Connections program will take place in each Houston city council district in a variety of locations, including schools, community centers, and churches.

The City Connections Grant application is now online. For more information on applicant eligibility and program requirements: https://www.hcde-texas.org/afterschoolzone

The deadline to apply is September 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Clear the Shelters

COVID-19 Vaccinations

August Events

Highlighting some of the many community events from August!

I hosted a public safety town hall with our Korean Community to discuss concerns and how to work together. Thanks to Chief Finner, Executive Assistant Chief Satterwhite, Assistant Chief Tien, Commander Nguyen, Officer Vo, and the community!

Special thanks also to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea,
the Korean American Association, the Community Center of Houston, and Hyunja Norman

It was such an honor to be a part of the send off of our local WWII veterans as they left to visit the National WWII Museum in New Orleans! Thanks to Mayor’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs Director Dembo for attending and to Hector Giron for organizing this and getting everyone home safely before the hurricane!
Carverdale Back to School Event!  Thanks to the community, HPD, Chick-fil-A, and the Rockets for this wonderful event!