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Posts published in “Day: April 23, 2019

Project Recovery-Harvey starts in Harris County

JUDGE LINA HIDALGO announces the start of the Recovery program, as Malcolm Barrett and Adrian Garcia look on.

$200 Million available for Home Repair after Hurricane damage

NORTHEAST HARRIS COUNTY – The new leadership of Harris County turned out in force to announce Harris County Project Recovery-Harvey Program at the Harris County Barrett Community Center last Saturday.

Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge, Adrian Garcia, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Daphne Lemelle, Harris County Community Services Director and a host of county community workers from varied agencies were present to share their expertise enabling residents to get help for their houses, the services they need to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

Harris County Project Recovery-Harvey is for homeowners outside Houston to apply for home repair, reconstruction or reimbursement.

The new Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo indicated that the county is giving out about $200 Million in this program.

“Harvey was an especially difficult disaster because it got to the core of people’s lives because it reached into their homes, in their housing. People’s homes are anchors for them and their families. When people lost their homes and were forced to leave and live somewhere else, they were still forced to watch and wait until they could rebuild and return. That destroys and disrupts the rest of their lives and the fabric of our community.”

“For the first time we are making a massive investment in housing around Harvey,” said Hidalgo, indicating that the program was to be the largest investment a region has made in the area of housing repair.

“It helps us build a stronger community and a more resilient community in all of Harris County,” the Judge concluded.

Illegal game room closed

Illegal game room was operating in a residential neighborhood on Maurine St.

After County Attorney Ryan Files Lawsuit

A north Houston game room where an employee was robbed, beaten, and kidnapped in February has closed after Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed a lawsuit to close it.

The game room located at 2118 Maurine Street was the site of an aggravated robbery of the parking lot attendant who lived and worked on the property. On February 4th, the attendant was attacked by three men with guns who blindfolded, kidnapped, beat and robbed him. He escaped his captors by jumping out of a moving vehicle into oncoming traffic.

In the course of their investigation sheriff’s deputies discovered illegal gambling including customers playing 34 eight-liners at the unlicensed game room. Eight liners are slot machine-like devices and are legal only if they offer only non-cash prizes valued at less than $5. Law enforcement officials say that illegal cash payouts are near universal in unpermitted game rooms throughout the state. Despite the arrest of the operators and repeat visits by law enforcement, the game room continued to operate in violation of the law, according to the lawsuit.

After County Attorney Ryan’s Office filed suit the owners of the property agreed to evict the game room operators and close the enterprise.

Earth day network’s 2019 cleanup spans thousands of locations during April

Over 3,000 cleanups in communities across the U.S. for Earth Day 2019

April 16, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Earth Day Network is implementing a nationally coordinated environmental volunteer cleanup to mark Earth Day 2019, in collaboration with partners across the U.S., including National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful. All over the country people are encouraged to get up, get out, and help clean their communities to celebrate Earth Day.

People have a right to expect a clean environment and can exercise that right by helping to clean their own communities with over 3,000 cleanups of green spaces, urban landscapes and waterways with grassroots organizations leading up to Earth Day on April 22 and taking place throughout the remainder of the month of April.

Volunteers across the U.S. are coming together with grassroots organizations for Earth Day 2019 to clean up over 3,000 green spaces, urban landscapes, and waterways. Plastic pollution and waste challenge every community, every day, and these cleanups offer a chance to make a real difference.

Cleanups are planned in over 80 cities and towns, including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. More cities and sites are being added every day.

In Aldine, the community and volunteers in conjunction with Greens Bayou Coalition are coming together to do a cleanup on Saturday, April 27, 2019 on Kennedy Greens Business Park located at 4343 Kennedy Commerce Dr., 77032 from 9 am to 12 pm. They recommend to bring your own sunscreen, hat, gloves, bug spray and to wear work clothes for those who would like to volunteer on the cleanup.