Seniors…You Can Count on Us
The “Count on Us” Program, sponsored by TXU Energy, offers seniors throughout Houston information on conserving energy during the hot summer months and staying safe in the summer heat. Community partners from Gateway to Care, Advocate Legal Senior Center, and Harris County also discuss legal, safety, and healthy living tips and community resources available to help seniors throughout the Harris County community.
Seniors at the EventAfter enjoying a continental breakfast, seniors listened as experts shared information on how to conserve electricity, access community resources, and handle common legal issues.
Emergency AssistanceIvan Lonzo from Harris County spoke to seniors about the STEAR (State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry) program and about resources the County offers for residents experiencing problems with their housing or housing payments.
Conserving Electricity, Saving LivesPatrick Johnson from TXU Energy and Teresa Arguelles from Gateway to Care gave seniors tips on how to save on electricity bills and access essentials services available to seniors through local community centers.
Free MaterialsParticipants at the event were able to take home lists of resources, information on emergency assistance programs, TXU lunch boxes and other materials designed to help them beat the summer heat.
Bringing Together the CommunitySylvia Brooks, CCPPI Board Director, helped to set up the June workshop, which was attended by nearly 100 seniors.
Affordable Housing Plan for Houston’s Third Ward
Houston’s Third Ward is a historically black neighborhood that was once a booming epicenter for African-American culture and business. However, since the 1960s the neighborhood has suffered from forces of disinvestment and neglect. Many businesses have closed and homes have been boarded up; however, in recent times, the low cost of property and proximity to Downtown has made the Third Ward more attractive to new residents. Many longtime renters and property owners have been displaced from the neighborhood while condo and townhouse development has rapidly increased. CCPPI has received funding from Midtown Redevelopment Authority to create an Affordable Housing Plan for the Third Ward to ensure that current residents are able to remain in their neighborhoods and that the community remains affordable.
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Houston’s Housing Crisis
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