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Mayor Turner Selects New Public Safety Chiefs, Presiding Municipal Court Presiding Judge, Housing Director

In a sweeping announcement, Mayor Sylvester Turner named four new department directors and a reappointment Thursday. Pending City Council confirmation, Art Acevedo of Austin will assume the position of police chief and El Paso’s Samuel Pena will take over the fire department. “Acting Police Chief Martha Montalv...

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City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Monitoring Severe Weather Potential

City of Houston Residents Urged to Be Vigilant, Prepare for Storms

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather this weekend. The National Weather Service says heavy rain and strong thunderstorms are expected to move into our area beginning Sunday afternoon and last into rush hour on Monday....

City to Consider 12 Affordable Home Developments

Hundreds of units planned in High Opportunity Areas

In an effort to promote the development of affordable homes in Houston, City Council on Wednesday will consider proposals to bring 683 new or renovated affordable apartment homes to six communities across the city. All six of the apartment properties are in neighborhoods where poverty rates are l...

City of Houston Deactivates Emergency Operations Center, Returns to Routine Readiness

No significant damage reported

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has returned the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to Level IV (Routine Readiness) as of 10:30am. The EOC had been staffed since early Tuesday morning by representatives from the Office of Emergency Management, Houston Pol...

City of Houston to Activate Emergency Operations Center as Severe Weather is Expected.

City of Houston Residents Urged to Be Vigilant, Prepare for Storms

HOUSTON - The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will activate the City's Emergency Operations Center to Level III (Increased Readiness) at 8:00 a.m. this morning as severe weather is expected to begin impacting the City. The National Weather Service has placed Houston under...


Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Council Member Karla Cisneros and Unity for a Solution representatives have announced “Big Fix Houston,” a first of its kind collaboration between public agencies, civic leaders and smaller nonprofit rescue and advocacy groups with the goal o...

Statement on Appellate Court Decision in Rebuild Houston Lawsuit

The City of Houston is reviewing an appellate court ruling in the ongoing legal dispute over the 2010 ballot initiative used to authorize creation of Rebuild Houston. The available options include requesting reconsideration by the appellate court or a direct appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. ...

Lakewood Park Outdoor Fitness Center Made Possible by a Donation from Park & Sports, Inc.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department and City Council Member Jerry Davis, District B, invite Houstonians to the grand opening of the new fitness station at Lakewood Park, 8811 Feland, 77028. The new equipment, valued at $10,100.00, was donated to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department...

Workshops to Help Youth with Disabilities "Leap into Employment"

“Leaping into Employment" Job Readiness Workshops for Youth with Disabilities and Parents The Department of Neighborhoods announces “Leaping into Employment,” a series of workshops for youth with disabilities and their parents scheduled for March 4, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Houston Co...

BARC Achieves a Historic 91.5% Animal Live Release Rate from November 2016 through January 2017

90 day endeavor pays off thanks to staff, sponsors, Houston's community, volunteers, foster & rescue partners

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is celebrating one of the greatest achievements in its history: a 91.5% cumulative animal live release rate from November 2016 through January 2017. The monthly save rates were 91.1% in November, 92.0% in December, and 91.3% in January. Throughout the 90-for-90 e...

2017 Brings Increased Funding for Arts Groups

City Council today approved budget plans to support thousands of arts and cultural programs in 2017, along with an increase in grant funding available to small organizations. More than 250 local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations will present a wide range of offerings this year for people ...

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