Community News

City opens new testing sites

Houston Health Department and its partner agencies offer 13 testing sites across the city the week of May 18, focusing on vulnerable communities. Texas Division of Emergency Management The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the health department will open four drive-thru test sites at these locations: Hilliard Elementary […]

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Houston now has more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases, mayor says

The city of Houston’s total COVID-19 case count has officially surpassed the 5,000 mark. On Wednesday, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced 117 new cases, bringing the total to 5,030. He also announced three additional deaths. Meanwhile, the city continues to work for those who are struggling due to the pandemic, including […]

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City Council agrees to provide $15 million for rent relief

Houston City Council approved a $15 million rent relief fund to help Houstonians make their payments amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis. The money for the program will come from the federal CARES Act and will be administered by the local nonprofit BakerRipley. “The program provides much-needed assistance for our […]

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230,000 TX families filed for Snap Food assistance In March

The number of Texas families that applied for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program doubled in March compared with the same period last year, as thousands of Texans lost their jobs and incomes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Texas received 230,809 applications for the food assistance program, up from 114,008 during […]

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