Those impacted by the storm and needing help can text HoustonFreezeto 898211, or for Spanish, text HoustonAyuda to 898211 (TXT211 on iPhone). Individuals will be texted back with eligibility and application guidelines.
In addition, the fund is encouraging all families who were impacted by 2021 Winter Storm to complete a nonprofit-led Community Needs Assessment to communicate their needs at www.connectivesurvey.org.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in designated counties can begin applying for assistance from FEMA by registering online.
If you do not have internet access, you may also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.
Update from Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD):
Homeowners can receive a temporary exemption of a portion of their property taxes if their property was at least 15% damaged by the winter storm. May 28 is the deadline to apply. For the application form, click here. For more info, review their press release, contact HCAD at 713-957-7800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Solid Waste Management Department:
Due to widespread damage to many homes during the winter storm, the Department of Neighborhoods Inspections and Public Service division will suspend heavy trash code enforcement through Friday, March 12, 2021 to allow residents adequate time to clear debris from their properties. To request storm debris removal, contact 311.
From Public Works:
Don't stress over your water bills after the winter storm. Please pay what you paid on your last bill until automatic adjustments can be applied. Payments can be made through:
or with a customer service representative at 713.371.1400
Individuals in need of plumbers and trade professionals can access the AFL-CIO Texas Gulf Coast's database. Plumbers Local 68 has a clearing house website called Plumbers 911 that connects folks with union contractors.
Those without internet access can call: 713-999-6829.
They also have a disaster resource page to help homeowners rebuild with confidence. Articles on the page cover topics from tips for avoiding scammers when contracting for repairs to documentation for insurance best practices:
The Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a $159 million joint program of the City of Houston and Harris County, designed to assist renters experiencing housing instability or who are at risk of homelessness as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any rental property (apartments AND houses) within the City of Houston or Harris County may participate.
Renters and landlords may apply at HoustonHarrisHelp.org. Households approved for the program are eligible to receive rental assistance for past-due rent from April 2020 onward, for months in which no other rental assistance has been received, not to exceed 12 months total. Households may also be eligible for up to two months of future rental support, as well as utility assistance for past due electricity, gas, or water bills.
New to this round of rent relief is that if a renter's landlord refuses to participate, direct payment will be sent to the renter. For the fact sheet and answers to frequently asked questions in multiple languages, review our newsletter from 2/25. For telephone assistance, call 832-402-7568.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended the federal eviction moratorium through March 31st. In order to be covered by this moratorium, you must sign and submit a declaration to your landlord. The updated moratorium and declaration are available here in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, and French.
In June 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced the development of a comprehensive, multi-year plan to allocate $75 million in cash and $25 million in media over the next three years to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ability. Qualifying businesses may apply for the Comcast RISE Investment Fund.
500 grants totaling $5 million will be distributed as follows:
100 small businesses in each city
Each business will receive a $10,000 monetary grant
Application period is March 1-14, 2021.
Grants will be announced at the end of April 2021 and awarded in May 2021.
For more information and how to apply, click here.
Fish-N-Pets Unlimited continues to provide free filtered water to the community. If you are in need of water and have transportation, please bring your water container here to be filled up!
UPDATE: Subscribers of AlertHouston's HoustonRecovers subscription were notified last week of 2,800 newly opened appointment slots, which were filled within minutes. Receive alerts about new appointment opportunities through email, text message, voice call, or mobile app push notification by registering for the HoustonRecovers subscription of AlertHouston at http://AlertHouston.org.
To check for updates from other vaccine hubs in Houston and Harris County, click here.
You are invited to participate in a survey to collect information about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. This online survey should take about 2-10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and responses will be kept confidential to the degree permitted by the technology being used.
If you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B, please fill out the survey to provide the District F office with your information so that we can keep you updated on vaccine availability. This data will be shared with the Houston Health Department (HHD). HHD has started contacting senior participants of our survey earlier this week.
From left to right: Council Members Amy Peck (District A), Martha Castex-Tatum (District K and Vice Mayor Pro-Tem), Tiffany D. Thomas (District F), Carolyn Evans-Shabazz (District D), Abbie Kamin (District C), Sallie Alcorn (At-Large, Position 5), Leticia Plummer (At-Large, Position 4), and Karla Cisneros (District H). Note: this photo was taken in January 2020, so not pictured is Council Member Tarsha Jackson (District B) who was sworn in earlier this year.
For Women's History Month, we are dedicating this portion of our newsletter to outstanding women who have had a tremendous impact on the national, state, and/or local level, and who are continuing to inspire others. Stay tuned for special spotlights later this month.
Minnie Lee York West
(April 22, 1931 –
February 18, 2021)
Michael Charles Kreinsen
(September 17, 1955 –
February 18, 2021)
Augustus Coleman Jr. (April 17, 1924 – February 19, 2021)
Helen L. Cummings
(February 21, 1924 –
February 23, 2021)
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the recent passing of 4 beloved senior members of our community in the wake of Winter Storm Uri. These community leaders and their work will continue to be an inspiration to all.
Minnie Lee York West was a member of Fourth Missionary Baptist Church for many years and ministered outside of the church walls, providing domestic services and using her hands to care and render aid to those in need.
Michael Charles Kreinsen served the Alief community by working as a member of the Alief Super Neighborhood Association and the Alief Community Association, where he spent many Saturdays planting trees on Bellaire Blvd, restoring the Alief Cemetery, and advocating for the new Alief Community Center.
Augustus Coleman Jr. lived a truly inspirational life as a World War II veteran, a deacon and trustee of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, a civil rights activist, and the president of the Piney Point Civic Club.
Helen L. Cummings was a passionate community volunteer, serving as a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader, elementary school room mother, PTA board member, local Chamber of Commerce member, and counting judge for school board elections. Her dedication and service to the community were recognized with the addition of her name to Cummings Elementary in 2006.
To view their full obituaries, please click on their respective images.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP
We would like to once again thank elected officials, City departments and workers, volunteers from the community, businesses, and non-profit organizations for their tireless work and dedication this past weekend! In all, our office facilitated 4 food and water distributions, as well as a basket dropoff for seniors. Since the winter storm, we have facilitated 10 total water drops.
The Houston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - 03.02.21
On Tuesday, March 3rd, CM Thomas presented a proclamation to the Greater Houston Chapter of The Links, Inc. to honor their 70 years of service to the community.
Congratulations to Alief's own Vanessa Lipscomb for being featured in Houstonia Magazine! Thank you for assisting those in need and inspiring countless others.
To read the Houstonia Magazine story, click here.
To learn more about Vanessa, The Wow Project, and Alief Community Fridge, click here.
Alief Community Fridge
12131 Beechnut St, Ste A1
Sundays from 10AM-2PM
To view volunteer duties, click here. For the list of donations that are accepted, click here. For more information, email Vanessa Lipscomb or call (713) 498-5418.
Council Pop-Off Comments - 03.03.21
CM Thomas dedicated her comments to the memory of Vernon Jordan, the Houston Area Urban League's work in our community, the wonderful volunteers and partners of our food and water distributions over the weekend, 4 senior community leaders that passed away in the wake of the winter storm (Minnie West, Mike Kreinsen, Augustine Coleman, and Helen Cummings), Alief's own Dana Monique being on The Voice, Vanessa Lipscomb's work with The Wow Project and the Alief Community Fridge, anti-Asian rhetoric, and congratulating Pat Jefferson on becoming the first African American to be appointed as City Secretary.
Please provide up to date information about your HOA in order for us to keep in contact with you. Click on the image to fill in your information.
For those interested in being on this year's Steering Committee for the Youth Conference, please click on the image and fill out the form . This form is intended for youth ages between 15 - 18 years old. After you have filled out this form, please send your resume and cover letter to Idalid.Navarro@houstontx.gov.
Please assist the City and our office by continuing to submit service requests to 311 and saving your service request numbers. By providing us with the service request numbers and photos, we will be able to work more efficiently on your behalf.
ABC13 Town Hall: Reopening Texas
Thursday, March 4th
7PM on ABC 13
Applications Being Accepted For Citizens' Police Academy (HCPA) Spring Session
The Houston Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) was organized in 1989 and offers citizens the opportunity to learn about the internal operations of the Houston Police Department. The Citizens’ Police Academy speakers, (mostly Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice experts in their fields), provide lectures, demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities for Academy participants. The overall objective of the Academy is to provide citizens with sound and accurate information about HPD and the criminal justice process so citizens are able to make informed decisions regarding issues/matters involving the police department and/or police activity. Participants will be able to share their experiences and learned information with family, friends, co-workers, and their community to further improve and strengthen community-police relations.
Each week, a different discipline or area of HPD is presented such as Houston Emergency Center (police dispatch), Pursuit Driving, SWAT Detail, Shoot-Don’t Shoot training exercises, Firearms Training, Mounted Patrol Division, and Helicopter Division. In order to apply to the Citizens Police Academy, please go to this website.
From the Housing and Community Development Department:
Join us for free workshops on the Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program, which provides up to $30,000 in assistance to homebuyers. Homebuyers, join us on either 3/13 at 10:30am or 3/25 at 10am.
Houston LISC is offering small grants to support community-led projects, activities, and campaigns. The goal of these grants is to seed community building and improve quality of life at the grassroots level. Grants are for $500-$5000. Ideal applications are for projects that develop civic engagement, community relationship building, and support existing neighborhood plans. Anyone interested in applying for a grant is encouraged to bring project ideas to a grant workshop. Click the following links for workshop registration, information packet, flyer, and grant application. Applications due no later than April 15, 2021.
The LISC Sports & Recreation team is excited to announce a new round of funding for the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program. The program offers matching grants up to $250,000 to build, refurbish or add amenities to multi-purpose playing fields that feature youth football programming. Click here for the Request for Proposals and here to get more information about the program. Proposals are due May 31, 2021.