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  • March 07, 2017 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department invite you to come out this Saturday, March 11, to help plan a major NEA-funded arts project in Hermann Park!

    The meeting will take place at the Holocaust Museum, in the Avrohm Wisenberg Classroom, from 10:30am-noon.

    For more information, please see ourbayoutrails.com

    Bayou Trails.pdf


  • March 05, 2017 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you know, Mayor Turner released the City’s plan to further address homelessness in Houston, The Way Home.  As you also know, in our ongoing work on the homeless issue, we recently visited personally with each At-Large Council Member and the Mayor Pro Tem to ensure that they will support the imminent No Camping ordinance.  We’ve sent follow-up notes to each At-Large Council Member and to the Mayor’s Office, including his Chief of Staff, Marc Eichenbaum, and Sean Quitzau, and of course to CM Boykins and his staff, thanking them for their ongoing efforts on this issue.  CM Boykins, and the City, are committed to eliminating camping on public property.


    Please refer to the actual press release and to the video for accuracy; the Chronicle article is somewhat confusing:     http://houstontx.swagit.com/play/0302201...

    •         To confirm support, we’ll follow up again with each At-Large Council Member after they’ve had a chance to review the Draft Ordinance.  To date, support from Council is unanimous for the Mayor’s actions.   
    •         We’ll continue to follow up with the Mayor, his office, and the Office of Homeless Initiatives on this issue.

     

    We expect the ordinance to be voted on after spring break, with enforcement starting after a  30 –day grace period, around the end of April.  At that time, people will no longer be allowed to camp and will have the opportunity to move to transitional, managed, low level, capped-number shelters on private property or to locations suggested by District Council Members.  Mayor Turner specifically said that he had heard the pleas of those living near the US-59 encampment and their concerns must be answered.

     

    Thank you to the Quality of Life and Safety and Security Committee members for their input on this strategy.  Please contact president@museumparkna.org if you have any thoughts or concerns. 

    ____________________

    The Plan includes six components:

    • The Way Home.  The Mayor's Office on the Homeless Initiative will aggressively seek additional housing over the next six months.  As part of that effort, Star of Hope will be opening a 215 bed facility off Reed Road for women and children. 
    • The city is also pursuing opening one or more covered outdoor spaces where up to 75 individuals can stay temporarily.  When individuals are told they can no longer stay in one place, they will be offered another place to go to.
    • The Mayor will introduce a new ordinance (prohibiting camping on public property) to city council with the goal of voting on the ordinance in the week after spring break.  Enforcement will begin 30 days after passage of the ordinance.  The city will develop parking and economic development spaces where encampments are currently located. 
    • Panhandling will be addressed through a Public Service Announcement Campaign (funded by the management districts-thank you HouSE and Midtown).  Campaign slogan-"Meaningful Change--Not Spare Change." The city also will implement a pilot program to send vans out to common panhandling sites to connect panhandlers to the Texas Workforce Commission in order to bring these individuals to  a workplace.
    • The city will continue to collaborate with charitable organizations who feed the hungry to ensure these organizations are working in tandem with social service organizations that offer additional services.  Feeding alone does not work.
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues require increased funding.  The city's governmental team will continue to work at the state and federal level to secure additional funding for those dealing with these issues.  The city is working with Harris County to develop more resources to address mental health and substance abuse including additional detox facilities.
  • January 02, 2017 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Museum Park Super Neighborhood (along with MPNA as a stakeholder) has interacted with the City of Houston and other agencies to address the issue of homelessness.  Below is a summary of MPSN meeting interactions with city representatives as well as a highlight of city initiatives during the previous six months.

    MPSN, June 8 – Topic of homelessness and associated issues were discussed at the meeting.

    MPSN, July 13  - Mayor’s Office of Homeless Initiatives, City of Houston representatives, HPD, METRO, TXDoT, and others working on these issues attended the MPSN meeting, listened to concerns, updated the Council, and described the initial strategy.

    MPSN, August 10 – Mayor’s Office for Homeless Initiatives and other CoH representatives attended MPSN meeting, listened to concerns, and updated Council on strategy, clean- up efforts, collaboration between TXDoT, City Of Houston, etc.

    MPSN, September 14 - Council continued discussion of ways to address homeless encampment under US59 listening to business owner report the impact of the issue on small businesses along Main Street.

    October – No meeting.

    MPSN, November 9 - Mayor’s Office for Homeless Initiatives and other CoH representatives working on these issues attended meeting, listened to concerns and updated Council on December approach.

    Early December – Mayor’s team visited San Antonio to understand the approach to homeless issues used at the Haven for Hope. 

    December 8 - Mayor’s Office held organizational meeting led by the Mayor's Office for Homeless Initiatives, in conjunction with CM Boykins and over 40 professionals from 11 different support agencies, HPD, METRO, etc.

    December 12 - an integrated outreach to the homeless population in the vicinity of San Jacinto and Wheeler Avenue areas was conducted to gather data and assess needs of those living there, to determine what they need to get into housing and stay.  Mental health and substance abuse, primary health, housing, employment, an array of services and resources are being delivered as part of a strategic six-week outreach plan to assess and help individuals get off the streets, while reducing litter and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians. 

    These data are currently being assessed and used to update the strategy to address the issues surrounding homelessness, using data-driven and deliberately crafted long-term, sustainable solutions rather than moving the problem around, something which happens with fencing, etc.

    December 20 - Mayor's Homeless team including governmental and non-profit providers and social services discussed data collected during December 12 outreach effort and associated metrics to design next steps.  Strategy update reflecting resulting analysis and defining ongoing and future steps will be publicized by the Mayor's Office later in January.

     

  • August 29, 2016 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting September 9, Hermann Park Conservancy will be hosting a free Spanish conversation group in the Park from 12 to 1 p.m. 


    This group will meet every other week (no obligation to attend every time) and attendees can bring a sack lunch to eat while they practice. 


    All levels are welcome. If you’re interested, sign up HERE


    Please pass along to your coworkers and friends if you think they may be interested in attending. 


  • July 31, 2016 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MPNA residents submitted questions and comments during the June 1 presentation of the proposed Museo Park Development.  Below are Trammell Crow's responses to those questions which were not addressed during the meeting for lack of time.


    6.1.16 Q&A

  • July 23, 2016 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below are images provided by Trammell Crow of Palm Street design, one depicting the closure of Palm Street and one showing a view with Palm Street remaining open.



    Preliminary Concept Museo Plaza.pdf

  • June 07, 2016 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MPNA Board provided the attached summary at the June 1, 2016 MPNA monthly meeting regarding the Palm Street development.  


    Other documents regarding Palm Street:

        MPNA Palm Street Resolution

        Joint MPNA/MPSN Board Minutes 04.27.2016

        City of Houston Public Works Letter

        Letter to Dr. Mann with Meeting Questions/Comments

  • April 15, 2016 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MPNA Board recently submitted a Resolution in Opposition to the abandonment of the 1100 block of Palm Street to CM Dwight Boykins' office.  CM Boykins forwarded the resolution onto Public Works Deputy Director Mark Loethen, who heads the city's Joint Referral Committee, where requests for abandonment are reviewed.  CM Boykins has pledged his support of the resolution, and expects that the abandonment application will not go forward.


    Please see resolution below.



    MPNA Palm Street Resolution.pdf

  • April 13, 2016 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The attached SWA exhibits were presented at last week's Museum Park Livable Center Study stakeholder meeting held at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.

    If you were unable to be at the meeting or did not have sufficient time to comment on the progress of the study, please review the attached documents and send your comments to nbeard@swagroup.com



    LCS - Public Meeting2 Exhibits_reduced.pdf

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