Houston Texas News - September 17, 2017
The city of Houston is in the middle of a recovery effort after Hurricane Harvey. Mayor Sylvester Turner leads the effort and leads a variety of recovery programs. A key initiative is the Complete Communities Improvement Fund, which is designed to help communities rebuild and thrive. During the course of his administration, the City of Houston has announced a number of new initiatives and partnerships to enhance the quality of life in the city. Houston Tx News
Among the city's latest efforts is the launch of the ParkHouston mobile app. It also partnered with Uber and Yellow Cab to provide a convenient and affordable way to get around town. Additionally, the ParkHouston division will resume metered parking enforcement on Monday, September 11, 2017.
The city has also made some big announcements in the housing space. The Houston Housing and Community Development Department has announced that it has completed the construction of 100 homes affordable to low-income families. In addition, five affordable housing experts have been added to the department.
One of the largest projects to come out of the city's response to the hurricane was the Beltway Crossing. This complex project included extensive site work and flood zone mitigation, and it won the Houston Business Journal's Project of the Year award.
The city is making a lot of other important announcements. The mayor's commission on gun violence has released its second report, which details how it plans to improve the city's streets. Along with that, the city has launched a video archive of The Artery, an iconic cultural venue that closed in 2013.
As part of its broader commitment to community building, the city has been launching a new program called "Affordable Rental Housing in the City of Houston." Among other things, the program is providing more than 600 affordable rental properties to Houstonians.
The city has also announced that it will be providing more than $52 million to fund its efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Moreover, the city is planning to issue reimbursement checks for the damages caused by the storm. Lastly, the City of Houston has invested $54 million in the Harvey Multifamily Program.
Among other things, the city has also launched a new home development program that will assist with the recovery effort. The city has also announced that it will be phasing in a 29% sales tax over the next five years.
Other notable announcements include the hiring of a director for the city's Complete Communities Initiative. These programs will help the city achieve its goal of enhancing the quality of life in Houston. Several of the city's programs have been geared toward helping people in need of mortgage assistance. And, there's one more: the City of Houston has teamed up with Tesla CEO Elon Musk to encourage him to move to Houston.
For more information on the city's latest efforts, check out Houston Stories, a website designed to promote local business and improve the lives of everyone in the city.