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The 311 Houston Service Helpline puts City government at your fingertips – one contact, via the channel of your choice -- and you get answers, find the right person, or have your City service problem solved. From traffic fines and sewer concerns to pothole problems and neighborhood complaints, Houstonians can call 311 and speak to one of our highly trained customer service representatives. Houston

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12/26/2022

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF HOUSTON

Mark Wilfalk, Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston

Collection And Facility Schedule For
Christmas Holiday And New Year’s Day
Houston, Texas – December 1, 2022: The Solid Waste collection schedule will be modified in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The curbside recycling schedule for Thursday, December 22nd, Friday, December 23rd, Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th will be as follows:

Thursday, December 22 - Friday, December 23, 2022:
Residents will receive normal garbage, yard waste, and junk waste collections. Curbside recycling will be serviced on your next scheduled collection day, which will be January 6th and 7th, 2023. All facilities, including Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center, and the Reuse Warehouse will maintain normal operating hours. All administrative offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Saturday, December 24 - Sunday, December 25, 2022:
All facilities, including Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center, and the Reuse Warehouse will be closed.

Monday, December 26, 2022:
All collection services will resume normal operations. All facilities including Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center, Reuse Warehouse, and administrative offices will be closed.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022:
All collection services and facilities will resume normal operating hours.

Thursday, December 29 – Friday, December 30, 2022:
Residents will receive normal garbage, yard waste, and junk waste collections. Curbside recycling will be serviced on your next scheduled collection day, which will be January 13th and 14th, 2023. All facilities, including Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center, the Reuse Warehouse, and administrative offices will maintain normal operating hours.

NEW YEAR 2023
Sunday, January 1 – Monday, January 2, 2023: (New Year’s Holiday)
CITY HOLIDAY: All Solid Waste facilities and offices are closed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023:
All services resume. Monday’s garbage, recycling, yard waste, and 1st Monday and 1st Tuesday’s tree waste will be collected. All facilities will be open.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023:
Tuesday’s garbage, recycling, yard waste, and 1st Wednesday’s tree waste will be collected.

Thursday, January 5, 2023:
Normal collection services resume.

311 Christmas Party
12/14/2022

311 Christmas Party

12/12/2022

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
City Council Approves Ordinance Requiring Permits For Outdoor Public Music Events On Private Property

December 9, 2022 -- City Council Wednesday amended the City Code of Ordinances chapter focused on special events to include the permitting process and enforcement mechanisms for public, outdoor music events held on private property. The changes are designed to improve safety and communication.

The ordinance expands Chapter 25 to require a permit for any outdoor music event with an anticipated attendance of more than 500 people held on private property, except those with Certificates of Occupancy, properties owned by religious organizations or educational institutions. Producers will be required to submit security, staffing, and traffic plans for these specific events. The amendment allows the City to recoup costs on emergency responses to events that do not obtain a permit or are operating outside the scope of their permits.

Mayor Sylvester Turner recognized the importance of discretion and not overstepping the rights of property owners.

"When dealing with private property, I don't want to throw a broad net on how people should utilize their property unless it becomes a public safety issue," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "When you combine this with the interlocal agreement with the county and NRG, I think we are covering our bases with large events to ensure the public's safety."

The ordinance will go into effect on March 7, 2023. Event producers will be required to pay the application fee of $62.66 for their event, and events with less than 30 days' notice will be required to pay an expedited processing fee of $200.

The ordinance was brought before a special meeting of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on October 13, 2022. It is specifically tailored to address public outdoor music events on private property with an expected audience of 500 people. The Mayor's Office for Special Events, the Houston Police Department, and the Houston Fire Department advised that without adequate planning, these events require the City to expend excessive resources responding to emergencies that result from over-crowding, understaffing, and poor planning, and place a financial burden and staffing strain on the City's first responder resources.

11/29/2022

Management would like to take the time to congratulate one of our Outstanding Supervisors, Chelsea Davis for receiving a Mayor’s Commendation Letter for going above and beyond in her job duties while assisting a customer. Keep up the excellent work Ms. Davis.

TrafficDrivers should anticipate extended delays and detours in and near downtown. Street closures along Smith, Bagby, a...
11/07/2022

Traffic

Drivers should anticipate extended delays and detours in and near downtown. Street closures along Smith, Bagby, and Louisiana streets will begin around 9 a.m. Downtown visitors should refrain from parking along the parade route, as vehicles may be damaged in the expectedly massive crowd.
Paradegoers are encouraged to use public transit, and METRO announced plans to provide free rides on all routes all day. Transit users may find more information, including service alert sign-ups for bus routes that will be detoured, by clicking here.
Rideshare drop-off and pick-up locations can be found at:
• Root Square Memorial Park, 1400 Clay
• Allen's Landing, 1019 Commerce
• Eleanor Tinsley Park, 3600 Allen Parkway
• Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway

Officials recommended people take rideshare or public transit in order to avoid congestion. Rideshare locations have been arranged at Root Square Memorial Park (1400 Clay St.), Allen’s Landing (1019 Commerce St.), Eleanor Tinsley Park (3600 Allen Parkway) and Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway. If you are coming from the west, arrange transport for a location west of Smith Street; if you're coming from the east, arrange transport for a location east of Smith Street.
Metro services will be free for all of Monday, said Sanjay Ramabhadran, chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. There will also be a special train wrapped Astros logos for the occasion.

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻💀 From City of Houston 311!!
10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻💀 From City of Houston 311!!

07/26/2022

Houston Health Receives Monkeypox Vaccine Shipment
Department Focusing On Proactive Strategy To Protect At-Risk Individuals

July 22, 2022 -- The Houston Health Department (HHD) on Friday received a shipment of 5,024 doses of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine. The department will retain 3,516 doses and provide 1,508 doses to Harris County Public Health.

People who are contacts or presumed contacts at high risk for exposure will be prioritized for vaccinations.

The delivery of the doses – allocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services – will allow more vaccine to become available for Houston and Harris County residents at the highest risk of disease.

Due to the limited nationwide supply, the monkeypox vaccine has not been widely available, and health officials currently do not recommend widespread vaccination.

The allocation will enable the department to serve approximately 1,758 people since monkeypox vaccination is a two-dose series, four weeks apart. The department will work with community providers to assure appropriate distributions of the limited vaccine supply.

"While the threat of monkeypox to Houston's general population remains low, we welcome this vaccine shipment and look forward to receiving more as long as there is a need in the community," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "I have asked our health department to remain vigilant in its work to educate and advocate on behalf of individuals considered most at-risk."

“Our department has for weeks strongly advocated for an increase in the supply of monkeypox doses dedicated to the Houston area,” said Stephen Williams, the department’s director. “The shipment represents a significant step forward in protecting people at highest risk for this disease in our community.”

The department announced Houston’s first confirmed case of monkeypox June 18. The case count rose gradually over the following weeks and currently totals 36. None of Houston’s monkeypox cases have required hospitalization.

Due to the limited vaccine supply over the last several weeks, the department has focused on identifying cases and performing case investigations and contact tracing to identify contacts to ensure people are vaccinated and reduce the spread of the virus.

HHD has also been engaged in efforts to assure that organizations and medical providers are educated about monkeypox and aware of the current processes and systems for managing suspected cases and contacts.

Outreach and education initiatives undertaken by the department over the last few weeks include the sponsoring of a monkeypox community town hall for community-based organizations, non-profit agencies, and health advocates, distribution of educational materials at various community events such as the Pride Houston Festival and Parade, and education sessions and support to area Federally Qualified Health Centers.

The department organized a targeted mobile vaccination clinic over the Fourth of July weekend to vaccinate suspected contacts of two confirmed cases. The department’s staff administered 125 doses at the mobile clinic.

Monkeypox is rare and doesn’t spread easily between people without close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.

Symptoms include a rash or sores that look like pimples or blisters, fever, headache, weakness, chills and swollen lymph nodes.

Monkeypox can spread from person to person through prolonged face-to-face contact, intimate contact, and or close contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Contact with items such as clothing or linens that previously touched the rash or body fluids is another way monkeypox spreads.

The illness usually lasts two to four weeks. It can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash fully heals, and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

People who suspect that they have monkeypox symptoms such as new unexplained rash or sores need to contact their doctor to set up a screening appointment.

The department plans to distribute vaccine to partnering providers over the next few days. It will provide vaccinations to referred clients who meet the criteria in the interim.

07/26/2022
Youth Registration

City Of Houston And University Of Houston Offer At-Risk Young Adults A Second Chance At Success

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July 22, 2022 -- Getting a second chance for employment and education is not always easy for young adults who have a history of incarceration. Today, a select group of young adults began classes at the University of Houston’s Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute Sales Academy, thanks to a partnership between the City of Houston, the C. T. Bauer College of Business, and funded by corporate partners supporting Hire Houston Youth (HHY).

The City of Houston, through Mayor Turner’s signature Hire Houston Youth employment initiative, has partnered with the University of Houston (UH) to offer scholarships to all 25 young people seeking a Sales certification. To ensure maximum impact, the Mayor’s Office of Education strategically conducted outreach to students who are struggling with substance abuse, are at a higher risk for future criminal justice involvement, and have limited opportunities for employment upon re-entry.

Additionally, more than half of the selected participants will be youth who have interacted with the criminal justice system, who may be otherwise ineligible for scholarship or internship opportunities.

“This would not have been possible without the Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department (Harris County CSCD) and we are grateful for their partnership,” said Olivera Jankovska, director of the Mayor’s Office of Education. “Harris County CSCD is committed to helping individuals on community supervision eliminate future criminal behavior and become productive citizens.”

“Employment is one of the single most important predictors of success for our young clients,” said Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Director, Teresa May. “We are extremely excited to partner with the City of Houston to provide an opportunity for our youth to take advantage of becoming a sales certified professional, as part of Mayor Turner’s Hire Houston Youth Initiative. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and partnership.”

This initiative aligns with the City of Houston’s One Safe Houston plan, a violence reduction initiative that links research-based strategies to improve public safety and reduce the harms caused by violent crime. Upskilling is central to effective rehabilitation and successful community re-entry, and thus to upholding public safety.

“There is no one set path to success. An interaction with criminal justice system as a teenager should not determine the course of the rest of a person’s life,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “By giving these young people an opportunity to advance their skills and reach their career goals, we are creating equity in historically disadvantaged communities, we are keeping kids off the streets and away from gangs and violence, and we are literally changing the lives of the kids who go through this program. I am extremely proud of the Office of Education and Hire Houston Youth for identifying this need and finding a creative solution to address it, and I applaud UH for their commitment to fostering success for our youth.”

Launched in 2020, the Sales Academy is a unique sales training and certification program aimed at preparing early and mid-career professionals to join the workforce. The five-week certificate program is part of the University of Houston’s Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute in the C.T. Bauer College of Business. During the course, participants will experience live-selling experientials, exclusive facetime with leading teach-industry executives, and instruction from the award-winning faculty at the Bauer College. Graduates of the program will leave equipped to obtain better paying jobs in Houston’s dynamic economy.

“The Sales Academy for the Hire Houston Youth program is a shining example of the Bauer College’s commitment to creating and providing practical coursework to support Houston’s booming ecosystem of technology and innovation,” Bauer College Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair Professor Paul A. Pavlou said. “This partnership with the City of Houston demonstrates our commitment to making this unique and valuable opportunity available to all of our city’s young people.”

If you are interested in registering with Hire Houston Youth, please visit https://hirehoustonyouth.force.com/s/youth-registration.

About the Mayor’s Office of Education
Public education is a human right, the great social equalizer, and a key to a prosperous community. Mayor Sylvester Turner believes that each generation of children should be assured a better life and education. Through collaboration, communication, and coordination, the Mayor’s Office of Education strives to ensure this goal for all families in Houston by promoting access to equitable education and opportunities.

About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 47,000 students.

About the C. T. Bauer College of Business
The C. T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business as well as executive education and community engagement initiatives. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C. T. Bauer College of Business.

07/14/2022
MAYOR'S BACK 2 SCHOOL FESTThe Start Of A New School Year Brings Excitement!Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00...
07/11/2022
Mayor's Back 2 School Festival

MAYOR'S BACK 2 SCHOOL FEST
The Start Of A New School Year Brings Excitement!

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or until supplies last

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. The past two years, the event was a drive-through distribution. This year, we are excited to return to an in-person event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. While we are returning to a new normal, Houston area families continue to try and find steady ground. There is still a critical need for assistance with basic school supplies and health screenings for students. Once again, the Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is prepared to help fill in these gaps.

The Houston Health Department will be onsite to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 5+.

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. The past two years, the event was a drive-through distribution. This year, we are excited to return to a...

06/21/2022

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
City Of Houston To Host Annual Career Fair At George R. Brown Convention Center On Wednesday, June 22, 2022

June 21, 2022 -- The City of Houston will be hosting its Annual Career Fair at Exhibit Hall E of the George R. Brown Convention Center tomorrow, June 22, 2022 from 9 am until 2 pm.

Several City of Houston departments will be conducting on the spot interviews for various positions from entry level to front line management. Interested participants must have work eligibility documents present such as a passport/government issued ID and social security card.

“The City of Houston is an amazing workplace and our career fair allows us to showcase these opportunities to the community," said Jane Cheeks, Director of Human Resources for the City of Houston. "Government jobs provide essential, viable, and stable careers with living wages and awesome benefits. Come see for yourself what the City of Houston has to offer and start your new career!”

COVID vaccines will also be available on-site. For more information, please visit houstontx.gov/jobs.

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05/09/2022
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MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Cigna Sunday In The Park
Cigna Sunday in the Park provides Houstonians a unique opportunity to engage with others, meet new neighbors, and enjoy a neighborhood park. Each location will feature a theme with music, games, dancing, and fun activities for the whole family. The Houston Health Department will be onsite to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for those 5 years old and older. This event will have 3 locations in the spring and 3 locations in the fall.

2022 Dates and Locations

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022
Location: Hidalgo Park
Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022
Location: Montie Beach Park
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Location: Hackberry Park – 7777 S Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77072
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Tampico

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Representing 311 at the Water Works Festival on Saturday May 7th. Thank you to Houston Public Works for having us.
05/09/2022

Representing 311 at the Water Works Festival on Saturday May 7th. Thank you to Houston Public Works for having us.

Representing 311 at District C & K CIP Community Meetings.
05/06/2022

Representing 311 at District C & K CIP Community Meetings.

05/06/2022

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
City Council Passes Ordinance To Stop Catalytic Converter Thefts And Resale

WATCH: Sgt Tracy Hicks with the HPD Auto Theft Crime Tasks Force discusses thefts of catalytic converters. Catalytic converter thefts are up, and Sgt. Hicks provides tips on how to keep you from being a victim including things you can buy to protect your property. Produced by: Houston Police Department

May 4, 2022 -- Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston city council unanimously passed an ordinance to address the increase in thefts and the resale of stolen catalytic converters citywide.

In the first three months of 2022, the Houston Police Department reported 3,188 catalytic converter thefts, a 123 percent increase from the previous year.

"People need to know that if you steal them, you will pay the price for it," said Mayor Turner. "If you are going to do it, we are going to make it as inconvenient as possible for you."

The ordinance will stop business-to-business reselling of stolen exhaust emission control devices and make it necessary for anyone in possession of a cut catalytic converter to show proof of ownership. Failure to show ownership could result in a misdemeanor charge for each one.

"There is no question the theft of catalytic converter leads to other violent crimes," said Mayor Turner. "We are addressing this problem as part of the overall One Safe Houston initiative. We have passed an ordinance requiring some businesses to install cameras and exterior lighting, and working with Harris County, we passed the 10 percent bail bond measure. The catalytic convertor ordinance is another tool to drive down crime and create a safer city."

The ordinance will be effective 45 days after it is signed. More information is available here (.pdf)

05/06/2022

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
Houston City Council Approves Revisions To Noise Ordinance

May 4, 2022 -- Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved the proposed amendments to Chapter 30 of the City of Houston Code of Ordinances related to noise and sound level regulation. The changes made to the ordinance were driven by complaints from Houston residents living near businesses that emanate excessive late-night noise—impacting the quality of life for several residents.

“As Houston grows in population, our neighborhoods are becoming increasingly mixed-use: restaurants, museums, shopping and a robust nightlife are within walking distance of our homes. This is a good thing – it’s a sign that our city is growing and vibrant. But mixed uses can also create tension between residents and their commercial neighbors,” said Mayor Turner. “Without zoning, we had to find a way to balance the needs of the residents while not negatively impacting local businesses."

The changes are a result of two years of collaborative work: listening to area residents; convening with establishment owners and organizations like the Greater Houston Texas Restaurant Association and the Neighborhood Beer Garden and Bar Association; analyzing metrics; and garnering support from local civic clubs and other organizations. Driven by At-Large Council Member Sallie Alcorn, and supported by District Council Members Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Abbie Kamin, and Amy Peck as well as City staff from the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, Houston Police Department, and City’s Attorney’s Office, the changes will take appropriate steps to target repeat offenders.

The most significant change in the Sound Ordinance is the creation of a new Commercial Establishment Sound Permit which will be required of all commercial establishments located within 300 feet of a residence that wish to play amplified sound to 75 d(B)A on Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (as measured from the receiving property). Commercial Establishments can play amplified sound outdoors to 68 d(B)A from Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. It is important to note that not all restaurants and bars in Houston are within 300 feet of a residence, nor play amplified sound outside/that can be heard outside. Only those establishments who meet those requirements need to apply for the permit.

Until today, the City of Houston did not have a specific permit requirement for commercial establishments using sound amplification equipment in the manner described in the new ordinance. The significance of the new permit requirement is that permits that are issued can also be revoked for noncompliance – an important new tool for the City in dealing with noise nuisance issues.

“I am thankful for Mayor Turner’s leadership in striking what I think is a good balance for all the stakeholders. For the next 120 days until the ordinance changes take effect, we will be working to educate Houston’s restaurants and bars to help them understand the new requirements and what they need to do to come into compliance,” explained Tina Paez, the Director of Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

An important feature of the new Commercial Establishment Sound Permit is that it will be issued to an establishment rather than an individual — putting the responsibility for compliance on the establishment itself rather than, for example, a DJ or other individual whose presence in the establishment may be transient. Other changes include a new administrative hearing process that will allow an establishment whose permit is recommended for revocation to propose a plan to mitigate the adverse noise impacts in the neighborhood.

Any questions concerning the new ordinance should be directed to ARA Regulatory Permitting at [email protected] or 832-394-8803.

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASECity Of Houston Adopts Children's Bill Of Rights In SportsMay 4, 2022 -- The City of Houston...
05/04/2022
Children's Bill of Rights in Sports — The Aspen Institute Project Play

MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
City Of Houston Adopts Children's Bill Of Rights In Sports

May 4, 2022 -- The City of Houston has become the first government internationally to adopt the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports, an initiative to ensure full opportunity and participation of children to play sports. The Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence (MOHT&DV) announced its plans at the Project Play Summit today in Washington D.C., the nation’s premier event for leaders building healthy children and communities through sports.

Developed by the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program through its Project Play initiative, the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports has been adopted by more than 130 international and national organizations, including UNICEF USA, premier sports associations, sports businesses, and non-government officials.

Mayor Sylvester Turner is the first government leader to adopt the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports, which aligns with several of the administration’s goals, including a human rights strategy developed for the City’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and Houston’s action plan to be a UNICEF Child Friendly City(CFCI).

“Houston is proud to be an inclusive and equitable city focused on protecting and enhancing the rights of our most treasured asset, our children and future leaders,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We are proud to implement the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports in Houston because it underscores the positive physical and mental health benefits needed for young people to thrive and learn.”

The City, through strategic partnerships made in the MOHT&DV, Mayor’s Office of Education, and the Houston Parks Department, will present the initiative to 30+ local organizations who can put the Bill of Rights in Sports into practice. The organizations may also be eligible for grant funds to implement new programs and services. The Bill of Rights in Sports includes eight rights for children:

To play sports.
To safe and healthy environments.
To qualified program leaders.
To developmentally appropriate play.
To share in the planning and delivery of their activities.
To an equal opportunity for personal growth.
To be treated with dignity.
To enjoy themselves.
Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, led the creation of the Bill of Rights.

“Imagine a future in which every child in Houston has access to the physical, mental, social and emotional benefits that a well-delivered sports experience can provide,” Farrey said. “The City of Houston should be commended for its leadership in creating a platform to pursue that vision, by not just endorsing but operationalizing the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports. It’s a historic move that holds the potential to transform the lives of youth, from all backgrounds and abilities.”

As part of the City’s bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence chaired the Human Rights Sub-Committee and submitted a detailed plan that advances over 70 human rights opportunities based on an intensive two-step stakeholder engagement process with over 100 local, national and international stakeholders. “We all know the important role sports play in the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our children,” said Kenneth Allen, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “The City of Houston’s plan to implement a Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports is an important signal that young people deserve and need access to safe play spaces and leisure, wherever they live. The Parks and Recreation Department is proud to be a part of this effort.”

For more information about this initiative or any of our other initiatives, please contact Minal Patel Davis, Director, Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence & Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee for the Houston 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup Bid Committee, (o): 832-393-0977, (c): 832-596-9965, [email protected].

Additional information on the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports is available at: https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/childrens-rights-and-sports.

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There will be NO COLLECTION SERVICE INTERRUPTION on Monday, January 17, 2022.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY OF HOUSTON

Mark Wilfalk, Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston

Collection And Facility Schedule For
2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Monday, January 17, 2022 (MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY)
CITY HOLIDAY: No Collection services. All Solid Waste Facilities including the Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Centers, Westpark Recycling Center, Environmental Service Center and The Reuse Warehouse will be closed. All services may run a day behind through the end of the week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday's garbage, B - Week curbside recycling, 3rd Monday & 3rd Tuesday Tree Waste will be collected. Neighborhood Depositories, Westpark Recycling Center and Reuse Warehouse will re-open.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday's garbage, B - Week curbside recycling and Yard Waste will be collected.

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Normal schedule resumes.

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MAYOR'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
City of Houston Announces MLK Day Parade Plans and Names Johnson Space Center Director as 2022 Grand Marshal

Watch: Mayor Turner introduces Vannessa E. Wyche as the 44th Original MLK Jr. Day Parade Grand Marshal

January 5, 2022 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Black Heritage Society today announced plans for the 44th annual Original MLK Day Parade.

This year's parade will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17, starting at the intersection of Smith and Lamar streets in downtown Houston.

Vanessa E. Wyche, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, accepted the City's invitation to serve as the 2022 parade grand marshal. In addition, the City will salute and honor African American astronauts who have or will travel to space in the future.

“I’m thankful to the City of Houston, Mayor Turner and Black Heritage Society for recognizing me and our African American NASA astronauts who can dream big thanks to leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. who had a bold vision for our nation. At NASA, we promote racial equality, eliminate barriers, and ensure fairness for all, and I’m looking forward to the day we land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface under Artemis," said Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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Wyche is the first African American to lead NASA's Johnson Space Center and the first African American woman to lead any NASA center. Her leadership comes when space travel inspires Americans young and old and takes our nation to greater heights.
"January 17 is a time for our country and our community to honor Dr. King and his life's work which he dedicated to equality and equity in areas like affordable housing, health care, equity, and voting rights," Mayor Turner said. "This year's parade grand marshal is someone who truly represents the best of Houston and reflects the dreams and soaring achievement Dr. King championed. By working together, there are no limits to what we can achieve."

“I’m humbled and honored to be named grand marshal of the 44th Original MLK Jr. Day Parade and Celebration. Since the early days of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, NASA’s Johnson Space Center has been engaged in humankind’s greatest adventure of exploration by serving as a center of excellence for human spaceflight missions. This year is particularly special, as we celebrate our 60th anniversary in Space City,” said Wyche.

The president of the Black Heritage Society, Teresa Brewer, announced the organization has chosen Claude Cummings, Jr., Regional Vice President, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Gilbert Andrew Garcia, CFA, Managing Partner, and Al Kashani, President, Horizon United Group as co-grand marshals.

Parade sponsors include ATT, Radio One, and Allegiance Bank.

This year's parade will kick off with Texas Southern University's Ocean of Soul band, followed by dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, and special surprises.

"I am inviting people from the entire city to join us in unity to honor Dr. King," said Mayor Turner.

The mayor is encouraging people to wear face masks and to get vaccinated, boosted, and tested for COVID-19 before participating in the parade or lining up downtown to watch it.

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Residents in the affected areas are asked to report their storm debris to 3-1-1 as well as separate piles when placing debris at the curb.
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"Junk Waste UPDATE: December 6, 2021 Crews are working on 1st Week routes. Those who receive 2nd week Junk Waste collections are asked to place their debris at the curb."
RELIANT LIGHTS MAYOR’S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
December 4, 2021
The Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular will ring in the Holiday season with live music and the lighting of the official holiday tree.
Santa Claus will be available for free photos with children in The Gingerbread Village, along with seasonal food and beverages for purchase. The public is invited to be part of the World’s Ultimate Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the event. Help make the holidays brighter for a child in need this holiday season.

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Solid Waste Management Department
Experiencing High Volume of Junk Waste and Tree Waste
Houston Residents are asked to Follow Collection Schedule below to Avoid Further Delays

HOUSTON - Friday, November 26, 2021: The City of Houston Department of Solid Waste Management experienced higher than anticipated amounts of junk waste placed at the curb last month. As a result, city crews and contractors are running approximately two weeks behind schedule. The department is working to bring in additional resources to assist with collections as crews continue to collect tree waste.

The city rotates between junk waste and tree waste collections monthly with November being tree waste month and December being junk waste month.

Residents who receive 3rd and 4th week tree waste collections are asked to HOLD their debris
During the month of December, residents with 3rd and 4th week collections will receive simultaneous tree and junk waste services

Junk waste and tree waste are also accepted at the Department’s Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers. All Neighborhood Depositories hours of operations are being extended to 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday.

For more information about SWMD and our services, visit us at www.houstonsolidwaste.org
Veterans Day Celebration

Houston has the 2nd largest veteran population in the nation with over 250,000 veterans in residence. The City is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”. This civic celebration honors and celebrates the brave men, women, and families who have fought and sacrificed for our liberty and freedom.

The traditional Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 11 at 10 a.m. with acknowledgements and a distinguished keynote speaker recognizing our local heroes. At the 11th hour on the 11th day, there will be a Moment of Silence in memory of the 101st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended WWI.

The American Heroes Parade will begin at 11:30 A.M. at Dallas and Bagby, and proceeds east on Dallas, north on Louisiana, west on Walker, south on Smith, west on Lamar, ending on Lamar at Bagby. Local Veteran organizations, ROTC and Junior ROTCs, bands, and supporters will march in the parade to show respect and to honor our veterans. This parade is open to the public and are welcomed along the parade route.
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