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Houston Begins the Recovery Process after Severe Storms and Flooding

Houston Residents are beginning the process of assessing damage and cleaning up following an evening of torrential rain which flooded portions of the City. Houston residents can go to houstontx.gov/emergency for information on current conditions, as well as resources available for them as they move forward.

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Mayor Parker Releases Statement on MOODY’S Report

The good news is that Houston remains strong and resilient. Local business confidence holds firm in Houston, reflecting an economy broader and deeper than the energy sector. In fact, the metro area created 62,300 jobs in the 12 months ending in May 2015, with leisure, hospitality, health care, go...

U.S.D.A. Child Nutrition Act Provides Vital Funds for H.P.A.R.D. Summer Food Service Program

Over 400 Sites Serving Meals & Snacks During Summer

Across the nation and in Texas, millions of children benefit from the healthy food they receive from the Summer Food Service Program. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) has been providing these FREE meals to Houston area youth (ages 1-18) since 1980. On Monday, July 6, 2015,...

HFD Reminds Citizens Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal to Use in The City

(In Spanish)

El uso de fuegos artificiales no sólo es ilegal en la Ciudad y partes del Condado, sino que además es muy peligroso. Es ilegal lanzar fuegos artificiales en la Ciudad de Houston. Un proyecto de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas permite el transporte de fuegos artificiales; sin embargo, exis...

(Updated) Mayor's Statement on Successful HOPE Negotiations

“We have reached a successful resolution with HOPE, our municipal employee union,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Our goal of raising salaries for our lowest city employees will be achieved immediately and over the course of this agreement which runs through 2018. I intend to put the meet and confer ...

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions: Pet Safety Tips for July 4th

Five Important Tips to Keep Pets Safe During Holiday Festivities

HOUSTON, TX – The 4th of July is a holiday of fun in the sun, great food, and beautiful fireworks to celebrate our country’s birthday. While it is fun to involve pets in the holiday festivities, it is important to keep in mind the potential of hazardous conditions. BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptio...

Mayor's Statement on Successful HOPE Negotiations

“We have reached a successful resolution with HOPE, our municipal employee union,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Our goal of raising salaries for our lowest city employees will be achieved immediately and over the course of this agreement which runs through 2018. I intend to put the meet and confer ...

Area Agencies Form New Team, Make Multiple Arrests in Liquor Law Crackdown

A newly formed team comprised of numerous law enforcement agencies in Houston arrested 18 suspects during a six-week initiative targeting businesses with a history of violating liquor laws. At a news conference at Houston Police Headquarters today (July 1), members of the newly formed "Le Vice...

City of Houston Announces “Liftoff Houston!” 2015 Business Plan Competition

Capital One Bank Sponsors Business Plan Competition

The City of Houston and Capital One Bank today announced the third year launch of the “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition. Sponsored by Capital One Bank in partnership with the Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), “Liftoff Houston!” is a competition...

Help Us, Help You Teach Your Child About Gun Safety

The Houston Police Department wants to remind everyone that firearms safety is a responsibility we must all share, especially with regards to our children. With children out of school and spending more time at home, there is more of an opportunity for something tragic to happen if someone ow...

Mayor Parker Names City’s First Human Trafficking Advisor

Mayor Parker announced today that she has appointed Minal Patel Davis to the newly established position of Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking. Davis will coordinate with City, County, State and Federal law enforcement and pursue and maintain relationships with all levels of govern...