COH H& D

May. 17, 2022

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Mayor Sylvester Turner and partners today broke ground on the reconstruction of a senior community at 2100 Memorial Drive. The new development replaces a former senior living community that was flooded with five feet of water during Hurricane Harvey.

 

The new community will sit two feet above the 500-year flood plain and will meet new 2019 floodwater management regulations which include a flow-through parking garage to safeguard the integrity of the building.

Closing on the demolition of 2100 Memorial occurred in July 2021 after the remaining tenants were relocated. Due to its proximity to Memorial Drive and neighboring structures, each floor of the structure had to be removed piece by piece. The seven-month demolition process was completed in April 2022.

 

“Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of our city. Some people were left with nowhere to live, while others endured significant damage which made their homes uninhabitable,” said Mayor Turner. “Today, we, show that no storm can stop Houston from moving forward. We are a resilient community and the work we do on developments like 2100 Memorial makes our communities more resilient even still.”

 

“Not only does the reconstruction of 2100 Memorial mitigate future flooding with the addition of huge culverts, said Director Keith Bynam, Housing and Community Development, “but we are happy to be able to preserve affordable housing for seniors in a high-cost market.”

 

The reconstructed 197-unit community will include:

 

  • 39 units reserved for project-based vouchers
  • 120 units reserved for residents at 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
  • 18 units for residents that fall within the 80% AMI 
  • 20 units at market cost

 

Residents who lived at this property before the storm are being given the first chance to move into the new building, which includes significant upgrades that make the building and the area nearby safer than before.

 

The City of Houston contributed $25 million in Community Block Development Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR17) funds to the total $62 million cost of the reconstruction of this development.

 

CBDG-DR17 funds are awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Texas General Land Office to provide affordable rental units for low-to-moderate-income households within the city of Houston boundaries that were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The funds are administered by Houston’s Harvey Multifamily Program.

 

The City of Houston Housing and Community Development (HCD) department makes long-term investments to improve the lives of Houston residents by creating opportunities for every Houstonian to have a home they can afford in a community where they can thrive. Our department will invest approximately $450 million in federal, state, and local funds this fiscal year to construct and maintain affordable homes, reduce barriers to homeownership, support the work of social service providers, build public amenities, and facilitate disaster recovery efforts. Learn more about programs and resources for Houstonians at www.houstontx.gov/housing

Jan. 31, 2022

 

CitizensNet Newsletter: Free COVID-19 vaccinations and testing available at dozens of Houston Health Department-affiliated sites week of January 31, 2022 | 01-31-2022

The Houston Health Department is announcing the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 vaccinations and testing during the week of January 31, 2022. More than 20 sites offering vaccinations and more than 30 testing sites are on the schedule for the week.

Vaccination and testing at health department-affiliated sites does not require proof of residency, citizenship, or insurance.

Site locations, schedules, and appointment information is available at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.

Fixed Vaccination Sites

The department’s new vaccination incentive program will award 12 people $1,000 gift cards and provide $50 gift cards to hundreds of additional people.

People who get their first dose or booster shot at eligible health department vaccination sites between January 29 and March 10, 2022, will be entered into drawings for $1,000 gift cards. Two $1,000 winners will be selected on Fridays starting February 4 for a total of 12 winners over six weeks.

Any dose of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at the department’s fixed sites, located at:

  • Acres Home Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
    • $1,000 Incentive Eligible
    • Mondays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center, 3810 W. Fuqua St.
  • La Nueva Casa de Amigos Health Center, 1809 North Main St.
    • $1,000 Incentive Eligible
    • Mondays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol St.
  • Northside Health Center, 8504 Schuller Rd.
    • $1,000 Incentive Eligible
    • Mondays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Sharpstown Health Services, 6201 Bonhomme Rd.
    • $1,000 Incentive Eligible
    • Mondays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star Dr.
  • Sunnyside Health Center, 4605 Wilmington St.
    • $1,000 Incentive Eligible
    • Mondays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • PlazAmericas, 7500 Bellaire Blvd.
    • Mondays-Saturdays: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Health center and multi-service center vaccination sites close at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.

Pop-up Vaccination Sites

The department and its partner agencies will offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at a pop-up site located at:

  • Extended Stay America, 1301 Braeswood Blvd., 77030 
  • Fondren Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7950 W Fuqua St., Missouri City 77489
  • Janowski Elementary School, 7500 Bauman Rd., 77022  
  • Milne Elementary School, 7800 Portal Dr., 77071 
    • February 4, 2022: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Benavidez Elementary School, 6262 Gulfton St., 77081 
  • Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, 5445 W. Alabama St., 77056 
  • Deady Middle School, 2500 Broadway St., 77012 
  • Crespo Elementary School, 7500 Office City Dr., 77012  
    • February 5, 2022: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Pugh Elementary School, 1147 Kress St., 77020
    • February 5, 2022: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Cesar Chavez High School, 8501 Howard Dr., 77017
    • February 5, 2022: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Burbank Middle School, 315 Berry Rd., 77022 
    • February 5, 2022: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thompson Elementary School, 6121 Tierwester St., 77021 
    • February 5, 2022: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Appointments: 866-333-2684
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary, 6200 Winfield Rd., 77050
    • February 5, 2022: 9 a,m.-1 p.m.
    • Appointments: 866-333-2684
  • Sunny's Flea Market, 8705 Airline Dr., 77037 
  • Luckyland, 8625 Airline Dr., 77037 

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for ages 18 and up and Pfizer is authorized for ages 5 and up.

In-Home Vaccination

Free in-home COVID-19 vaccination is available to qualifying older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans.

People may call 832-393-4301 to about qualify for the program. 

Testing Sites

The department and its partner agencies offer dozens of free COVID-19 testing sites across the city.

A list of testing sites and schedules is available at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.

The Minute Maid Park Lot C mega site closed on January 29 and the Kingwood Community Center sites closes January 31.  

The CDC recommends people who have symptoms and most people who had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19 be tested for COVID-19 infection. 

Vaccination and testing site schedules may shift during the week to meet community need. Find the latest information at HoustonHealth.org or by calling 832-393-4220.