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Mayor Turner Kickstarts Enhancement Community Program In Five Neighborhoods

Acres Homes, Gulfton, Second Ward, Third Ward and Near North Side will be the first to benefit from Complete Communities.

A mural on the side of the Edward L Blackshear Elementary School. It shows the faces of different residents in Houston’s Third Ward.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the launch of the Complete Communities program during a press conference held at City Hall.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) announced the launch of the Complete Communities program during a press conference held at City Hall.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Monday that five Houston areas will kick-off the implementation of his Complete Communities program, which seeks to improve neighborhoods “so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities,” according to the City of Houston website. 

The first five neighborhoods to benefit from the program will be Acres Homes, Gulfton, Second Ward, Third Ward and Near North Side. 

In his announcement, Turner explained that each of them will have dedicated staff to assist their specific needs, which will include stray animals, trash and weeds problems and others.  

“We cannot have areas of haves while others are have-nots,” the Mayor said, as he stressed that the Complete Communities program was one of his campaign promises.

What the targeted neighborhoods have in common is a whole host of deficiencies and challenges, and Turner is taking a different approach to deal with the problems that will look at increasing affordable housing opportunities all the way to making access to public transportation easier.

Fixing sidewalks, better maintenance of parks, dealing with food deserts and taking care of abandoned properties are other goals.

Acres Homes resident Nate Lathan says that one is urgent for him because there are some lots in his area “that need to be cleaned.”

Richard Farias, who lives in the Second Ward, suggests to “bring in some potential builders that will focus on low income housing.”

The City will pay for the program in a variety of ways, including some federal funds.

Public meetings about the plan will begin in June and the City has created a specific website about it.

 

 

 

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