Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, District K

Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, District K Houston City Council Member representing District K, from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to the portion of Houston within Fort Bend County.
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Serves on the following committees: Quality of Life (QoL) Budget and Fiscal Affairs (BFA) Ethics, Elections and Council Governance (EECG) Transportation, Technology & Infrastructure (TTI) Housing, Sustainable Growth and Development (HSGD) Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations Steering

Operating as usual

Our faith based partners are so vital to our communities. Thank you New Faith Church for helping to meet the needs of so...
09/18/2020

Our faith based partners are so vital to our communities. Thank you New Faith Church for helping to meet the needs of so many Houstonians during these times. The people are the church. Matthew 24:35 #DistrictK #NewFaithChurch #StrongerTogether

Please vote!#VOTE     #YourVoteIsYourVoice
09/16/2020

Please vote!

#VOTE #YourVoteIsYourVoice

Here are Harris County's voting hours for the fall 2020 election. New this year, there will be seven 24-Hour Vote Centers, starting 7 a.m. Oct. 29:

- NRG Arena, 1 NRG Pkwy
- Kashmere Gardens Multi-Service Center, 4802 Lockwood Drive
- McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons, 6550 Bertner Avenue
- East Harris County Activity Center, 7340 Spencer Highway
- Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Drive
- Juergen's Hall Community Center, 26026 Hempstead Road
- Victory Houston, 809 West Road

The monthly City Council Economic Development Committee meeting will commence Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 2:00 p.m...
09/15/2020
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The monthly City Council Economic Development Committee meeting will commence Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. This month we are discussing the MWBE process with OBO Director Marsha Murray. The meeting will be a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams Live.

The committee meeting will be streamed on HTV Live Stream or can be watched online via this link: on bit.ly/EDCSept162020.

Public comment will be allowed via video conference only. To sign up for Public Comment, the public is asked to please complete the form bit.ly/EDCPublicCommentSept16 before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Only those who sign up in advance will be able to provide public comments during the meeting. Public speakers will receive a specific link that will allow them to be able to speak at their designated time during the public comment portion of the meeting. We look forward to your participation! #EconomicDevelopment

Free COVID-19 testing sites for the week of September 14, 2020. Please get tested. For more testing sites information pl...
09/14/2020

Free COVID-19 testing sites for the week of September 14, 2020. Please get tested. For more testing sites information please visit https://houstonemergency.org/covid19/.
#Better #Together

Join me today at the Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center if you or someone you know need to register to vote!
09/12/2020

Join me today at the Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center if you or someone you know need to register to vote!

If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, meet us at the Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center on Saturday, September 12, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and get registered! Don't miss the opportunity to have your voice heard in every election. #BeAVoter #YourVoteIsYourVoice

If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, meet us at the Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center on Saturday, Sept...
09/09/2020

If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, meet us at the Hiram Clarke Multi Service Center on Saturday, September 12, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and get registered! Don't miss the opportunity to have your voice heard in every election. #BeAVoter #YourVoteIsYourVoice

The Houston Health Department launches a COVID-19 antibody testing survey to better understand the spread of   COVID-19....
09/08/2020
COVID-19 Antibody Testing Survey – City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

The Houston Health Department launches a COVID-19 antibody testing survey to better understand the spread of COVID-19. Please visit: https://houstonemergency.org/covid-19-antibody-testing-survey/

#COVID19 #BetterTogether #StopTheSpread #ProtectTheH

About this Survey The Houston Health Department is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rice University, and Baylor College of Medicine to conduct a voluntary antibody testing survey to understand how many people in the city were previously infected with the virus...

Join now to virtually attend the Council Committee on Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs to learn about the Department ...
09/08/2020
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Join now to virtually attend the Council Committee on Regulatory and Neighborhood Affairs to learn about the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Grant Program.
http://bit.ly/Sept8RNA

The Houston Health Department offers free in-home COVID-19 tests to homebound senior citizens, veterans and persons with...
09/02/2020

The Houston Health Department offers free in-home COVID-19 tests to homebound senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities. Visit www.https://www.houstontx.gov/health/Aging/

City of Houston partners with local businesses to collect supplies for Hurricane Laura victims.Donations are now being a...
09/01/2020

City of Houston partners with local businesses to collect supplies for Hurricane Laura victims.

Donations are now being accepted for residents recovering from Hurricane Laura.

The Mayor’s Health Equity Response (H.E.R) Task Force is working with Kroger President Joe Kelly, Gallery Furniture owner Jim McIngvale and the Relief Gang to coordinate "Houston's Paying It Forward" Hurricane Relief Response to Hurricane Laura.

All donated items will be sent to our neighbors in Port Arthur, Orange, and Beaumont, Texas as well as Sulphur and Lake Charles, Louisiana. The supplies will be distributed to residents trying to recover after their homes and personal belongings were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Laura.

Donations can also be made at http://houstontx.gov/laura-fund.html.

Free COVID-19 testing sites for the week of August 31, 2020.  Please get tested. For more testing sites information plea...
08/31/2020

Free COVID-19 testing sites for the week of August 31, 2020. Please get tested. For more testing sites information please visit https://houstonemergency.org/covid19/.
#Better #Together

08/26/2020

Hurricane Laura is in the Gulf of Mexico; prepare now for possible threatening weather. Evacuation orders are in effect for Zones A and B. Check your risk areas and evacuation routes here: www.gis.hctx.net/evacuationmap/

Please be prepared.
08/25/2020
Tropical Weather Updates – City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

Please be prepared.

Tropical Weather Updates August 23, 2020 Cory Stottlemyer Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and other city departments are working with the National Weather Service to monitor Hurricane Laura as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. UPDATE 8-25-2020: Houston is under a Tr...

FREE Covid-19 Testing in District KIf you are needing to get tested, here are testing locations in District K this week:...
08/24/2020
COVID-19 Testing and Locations | MinuteClinic

FREE Covid-19 Testing in District K

If you are needing to get tested, here are testing locations in District K this week:

Butler Stadium
13755 S Main St.
Monday through Saturday
8:00am to 3:00pm
No appointment needed-drive thru

Bethel's Place Empowerment Center
12660 Sandpiper Dr, 77035
August 24-29
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Appointment: txcovidtest.org or 844-778-2455

New Faith Church
4315 W. Fuqua St. 77045
August 27-28
Appointment:txcovidtest.org or 844-778-2455

CVS Drive-Thru
5510 West Orem Dr, 77045
4451 West Fuqua Rd, 77045
Appointment: cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

CVS Health is offering no cost coronavirus testing (COVID-19) available to qualifying residents in select states, 18 and older. Find test sites and schedule a COVID-19 test to get results in as soon as 30 minutes.

Rent Relief is Open for Tenants to Apply!Tenants can begin to apply for the rent relief program from August 24-30, 2020....
08/24/2020

Rent Relief is Open for Tenants
to Apply!

Tenants can begin to apply for the rent relief program from August 24-30, 2020. This is not a first come first serve process. For more information visit www.HoustonRentAssistance.org.

The online application portal for the City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Program is open now through Septemb...
08/19/2020

The online application portal for the City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Program is open now through September 4, 2020!
www.cityofhouston-sberp.org

The Houston Health Department is providing COVID-19 testing sites in the Houston area for the week of August 17th. Also,...
08/14/2020

The Houston Health Department is providing COVID-19 testing sites in the Houston area for the week of August 17th. Also, please visit the https://houstonemergency.org/covid-19-testing/ for additonal testing infomation.
#WearAMask #WashYourHands #GetTested
#Better #Together

Are you in need of help with April and May rent payments?  Landlords and property managers who are interested in registe...
05/07/2020

Are you in need of help with April and May rent payments? Landlords and property managers who are interested in registering for the rental relief program can do so today starting at 10:00am at www.HoustonRentAssistance.org. Starting May 13th at 10:00am, qualifying tenants can apply for assistance. You may qualify to receive up to $1056 per month if the landlord registers and agrees to said terms and tenant meets required qualifications. This 15M is the rent relief fund unanimously voted on yesterday by the city council. BakerRipley will administer the program and we hope to assist as may residents as possible. It will take all of us working together to get through the impact of this pandemic. Stay encouraged!

Arts Community, we want to hear from you!
04/14/2020

Arts Community, we want to hear from you!

HAA is part of a group of facilitators hosting a virtual town hall for the Houston area arts community on Wednesday April 15th from 4:00-5:30pm. Join us to have your voice heard about your experiences in these difficult times. Register soon, space is limited. Register here: bit.ly/arts-town-hall

We’ve also updated our website with important mental health resources: ready.haatx.com/covid-19

#HAATX #Houstonartsalliance #ReadyHAATX

Hello District K! Your District K Team misses you.  If you are not receiving our newsletter and weekly updates please em...
04/14/2020

Hello District K! Your District K Team misses you. If you are not receiving our newsletter and weekly updates please email [email protected] and include your name, phone number and neighborhood you live in. We want to make sure you are receiving our correspondence and staying connected. I am hopeful that the efforts and sacrifices we are all making will result in us gaining the upper-hand against COVID-19 and reducing any anxieties we may have as a community. As always, if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Virtual Hugs! #DistrictK

May this Passover bring you peace, happiness, love and every blessing from above!
04/08/2020

May this Passover bring you peace, happiness, love and every blessing from above!

Hope to see you all at the celebration tomorrow!
06/07/2019

Hope to see you all at the celebration tomorrow!

District K residents: Just spoke to Captain Null and received text from Chief Pena.  Several high water rescue vehicles ...
05/10/2019

District K residents: Just spoke to Captain Null and received text from Chief Pena. Several high water rescue vehicles have been staged around the district in case needed. We are hopeful that residents will stay off the roads and not try to drive through high water. Be safe and let us know if you need help.

Mark your calendar for our next seminar of the ENGAGE* LEARN * LEAD series. After living through Hurricane Harvey it’s i...
04/30/2019

Mark your calendar for our next seminar of the ENGAGE* LEARN * LEAD series. After living through Hurricane Harvey it’s important that we really learn to live with water in Houston. We will review the City of Houston’s Chapter 19 floodplain guidelines and also discuss what you should know before you elevate your home. Hope to see you there on May 11th. #DistrictK

Our 2nd session of the District K ENGAGE*LEARN*LEAD series was outstanding.  Attorney Woods provided a thorough series o...
03/09/2019

Our 2nd session of the District K ENGAGE*LEARN*LEAD series was outstanding. Attorney Woods provided a thorough series on deed restrictions and how to report violations and Mr. Monroe of 311 made sure everyone was equipped with the knowledge to report their concerns via the COH 311 app. District K, I’m so proud to represent you. #DistrictK

Hope to see you there tomorrow!  Let’s equip ourselves to prevent exploitation in our communities. #DistrictK
02/25/2019

Hope to see you there tomorrow! Let’s equip ourselves to prevent exploitation in our communities. #DistrictK

Afterschool hours are the most vulnerable time of day for our students. I’m ecstatic about supporting these programs in ...
02/11/2019

Afterschool hours are the most vulnerable time of day for our students. I’m ecstatic about supporting these programs in District K to provide quality programming after school. I’ve committed over $100,000 in funding to help keep our students active and safe. Thanks CASE for Kids and HCDE for your advocacy and partnership. #DistrictK #MakingAfterschoolCool

02/02/2019
City of Houston Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste to resume standard recycling collection on Monday, Feb. 4th.
https://www.facebook.com/140786392131/posts/10155673798417132/

SWMD Resumes Standard Recycling Collection Schedule on Monday, February 4, 2019

Effective Monday, February 4, 2019, the collection of residential recycling returns to its regular collection day. Residents should place their green cart (Recycling) at the curb along with their black cart (Garbage) on their routine service day, ensuring that they are at least 3 feet apart.

The department appreciates the patience and goodwill of customers as it has had to make schedule modifications to deal with personnel and equipment challenges.

As a reminder, your solid waste collections schedule can be found here: http://mycity.houstontx.gov/mycityapps/mycity_serviceinfo_query.html.

For more recycling information, whether at the curb or at a convenient department drop-off site, please visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling.html

Call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline, if more information is needed.

Make sure to mark you calendars on Feb. 7th for the highly anticipated opening of the Buffalo Speedway Grade Separation....
01/26/2019

Make sure to mark you calendars on Feb. 7th for the highly anticipated opening of the Buffalo Speedway Grade Separation. The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 10am. Hope to see you there! #DistrictK

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900 Bagby St
Houston, TX
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Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum won a special election on May 5, 2018 and was sworn in as the Houston City Council Member for District K on May 16, 2018. She currently serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, the Economic Development Committee, the Housing and Community Affairs Committee, and the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee. As a longtime and active resident of District K, Martha is committed to serving constituents through her passion for the community and her diligence as a public servant. She is an advocate for senior citizens and small business owners. She is also dedicated to increasing beautification projects and economic development throughout the district, among other projects and initiatives. In addition, please contact the District K office at 832-393-3016 or at [email protected]

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Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum won a special election on May 5, 2018 and was sworn in as the Houston City Council Member for District K on May 16, 2018. She currently serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee, the Economic Development Committee, the Housing and Community Affairs Committee, and the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee. As a longtime and active resident of District K, Martha is committed to serving constituents through her passion for the community and her diligence as a public servant. She is an advocate for senior citizens and small business owners. She is also dedicated to increasing beautification projects and economic development throughout the district, among other projects and initiatives.


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Hello, Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum, My name is Gazzia Aleman and I’m writing on behalf of Pantsuit Republic and the community in general. In light of the recent murder of George Floyd, and the protests that occurred in Houston, I am calling on you to vote for the amendments to the city budget proposed by Council Member Plummer. We also continue to ask for accountability and body camera footage of the murders by police of Adrian Medearis, Nicholas Chavez, Christopher Aguirre, Randy Lewis, Rayshard Scales, and Joshua Johnson. Please consider supporting your colleague Council member Leticia Plummers budget amendments that speak to some of our demands and asks and that provide further guidance on holding police accountable by re-purposing funding for an independent police oversight board with subpoena power, and increasing deescalation training. Here is an example of the tactics employed by HPD that we oppose: https://t.co/xLvtulOYNa?amp=1 . Here is an example of the tactics employed by HPD: https://t.co/xLvtulOYNa?amp=1 Before your vote on June 10th we ask that you consider all these factors before voting for the almost $1 billion budget for HPD that accounts for 17.2% of our city budget. Our communities deserve to feel safe and protected and that can be accomplished through funding for health and human services, public housing, mental healthcare, but not always police. Remember that not all communities, especially black and brown communities feel safe calling the police in a time of emergency. This money could be put to use more efficiently and I have confidence that you will know best where else it should be redistributed. Thank you.
Dear Houston City Council Members, My name is Nicole Kohn and I am a resident of Houston. I am emailing today to demand that you vote NO on the Mayor's FY21 proposed budget on Wednesday 6/10 in response to the ongoing police brutality taking place around the country, the epidemic of police brutality itself, and for the inherent systemic racism of the police system itself. I urge you to pressure the office of the mayor towards an ethical and equal reallocation of the Houston expense budget, away from HPD and towards health and human services, libraries and education programs, as well as neighborhood planning and development effective at the beginning of FY21. Furthermore, I ask the city council and mayor to discontinue tax payer funding of the Houston Police Department Officer Liability insurance. In any other profession, employees are required to fund their own liability insurance and this should be the same for the police department. Furthermore, the community feels that this will curb instances of police brutality and officer-involved shootings of unarmed persons if liability insurance is funded from the pockets of the officers themselves. Thank you, Nicole Kohn District K Resident
I find it appalling that the Police Chief is on camera, in uniform, in public dropping F bombs and GD words and blaming white people for the riots and goes unchecked. Any other city employee would be fired.
Container fee question Can I just buy my own black and green containers and not get charged the fee?
Tomorrow at 9:00am.
Will city be issuing out these type signs to residents and businesses ?
Due to the circumstances and in hopes of containing this terrible virus, I am reaching out to possibly get this message out to major grocery stores like HEB, Target, Wal-Mart and even pharmacies, liquor stores and the like. I have two recommendations that I believe would protect employees and customers both! I am recommending that all stores remain open but be shut to the public, and this is why: 1) employees and customers would have the least amount of interaction, containing the spread of the Covid 19 virus. 2) the stores would save money/resources because they would not have to continuously sanitize all day long due to customer traffic. 3) customers could get their essential items more regularly and in a timely manner. 4) more jobs could remain open to store employees who may also stay healthier. Since some stores already have curb side in place (people are already incorporating the system by paying virtually or cash options) but orders are taking over a week to fill due to employees still tending to all other "regular day" shopping habits. These solutions could provide daily, timely services. First recommendation: To follow models already put in place with stores like Best Buy (1604/Gold Canyon) where they fill your order, email or text you when the order is ready and ask you to email them back when you are in the parking lot/in front of the store (still in your car) and they get your order and only one employee hands you your item or they place it in your vehicle on the seat. They have a few desks at curbside and about 6 employees assuring the delivery of uour product(s). Alamo Cafe and Willy's off of 281 also have great models in place. Order online or phone, they email you when your order is ready. They tell you which parking slot# to park at, one employee brings you the order. All whilst you remain in your car. Second recommendation: With all these grocery stores having a lot of Shopping carts: I am recommending orders begin to be filled at night (and throughout the day) from within the store (s). Example: Sanitize all carts (if possible), fill orders during the night shift. Tell 20-50 customers to show up at 8am but STAY in their cars until they are contacted (by text). Employees could roll out carts no less than 6' apart onto the parking lots and then start texting the 1st customer, "your order is ready. Your order is in cart #1, please get your order and immediately return to your car so the next customer can get theirs." When that customer begins walking back to their car, the 2nd customer is texted (and so forth and so on). When those orders are almost filled, time to text the next batch of customers to come to the parking lot, follow the same rules and start again. These orders would obviously have to be prepaid with credit cards or other virtual form of payment. Parking lots are so big that maybe 4 different stations (maybe one station for cash customers) could be set up in order to verify the customer belongs to the order and vise versa but customers (and employees) would have so much LESS contact with each other. This recommendation could also work if the large grocery stores had parking spaces numbered, have people parked in the designated slots (like mentioned earlier with Alamo Cafe) stay in their cars and the employees rolled each pre arranged order out to each parking slot. ***These are just recommendations. I am not in the sales industry so, it would definitely be up to each store manager or CEOs to tweak recommendations in order to put a model in place that assures customer service satisfaction, best options for employees and preciseness of orders delivered. I HAVE FORWARDED THIS MESSAGE TO THE OTHER NEWS STATIONS AND HOPE TO GET THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO OUR MAYOR TOMORROW. Thank you for helping keep our communuties safe!
⚠️#COVID19 TESTING⚠️ . There are now 4 total testing centers open in Harris County. You can start the process of getting tested by visiting Bit.ly/CV19PreScreening. . 👇EVERYONE WHO GETS TESTED HAS TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS.👇 . #Coronavirus #HouNews #Testing #StayHomeWorkSafe
We are working with community partners to establish #COVID19 testing sites. We will announce the locations and procedures when details are finalized. Despite reports, the sites are NOT scheduled to open on March 18. Please DO NOT show up to a location you may have heard is a testing site. You will not be tested, and your presence could unintentionally put others at risk, cause delays, and interrupt the healthcare professionals who are working expeditiously to open the sites. People currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms need to contact their medical provider. #hounews
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates March 1, 2020 Scott Packard Coronavirus Disease 2019The Houston Health Department continues to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019, COVID-19. Houston-specific updates are posted below. More information about COVID-19 transmission, prevention, symptoms, cases and more is available on the Houston Health Department website. Update – March 1, 2020 Joint statement from Harris County Public Health and Houston Health Department: A person at Rice University is currently self-quarantined under the guidance of Harris County Public Health as the department conducts an infectious disease investigation. Public health departments, such as Harris County Public Health and the Houston Health Department, routinely investigate infectious diseases and take preventative measures, based on CDC guidance, to minimize the spread of disease. Infectious disease investigations may include guidance for potential contacts of a person under investigation to self-quarantine. There are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Houston or Harris County. The Houston Health Department and Harris County Public Health report only confirmed cases of infectious diseases and will promptly inform the public if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in our community. People should practice healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home if sick. The threat of COVID-19 to Houston and Harris County remains low and there is no need for the public to take additional precautionary actions at this time. UPDATE 1: There are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Houston or Harris County. If a case is confirmed in our community, the Houston Health Department and Harris County Public Health will promptly inform the public. Houstonemergency.org for more information.