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City’s Pro-Bono Deed Restriction Program

189The Department of Neighborhoods will assist civic associations or civic clubs in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods with creating new, or modifying existing, deed restrictions via a resurrected Deed Restrictions Pro Bono Program. The Department of Neighborhoods will work with City Council offices in identifying civic associations that may be qualified to participate in the Program. Eligible organizations will be referred to pro bono legal counsel via the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP). The Department of Neighborhoods will not directly assist with the drafting or modification of deed restrictions but rather act as...
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Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season is here and runs from June 1 to November 30. The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management urges Houstonians to prepare for hurricanes, tropical storms and other emergencies by following a few key steps.
  • Build a Kit - Have a disaster supply kit with enough supplies to last you and your family for 5-7 days; the kit should include food, medications, water and other basic necessities
  • Make a Plan - Have an emergency plan for your family and check to make sure that your workplace, children's school and other places you frequent have emergency plans in place; be sure...
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Receive Plat and Permit Reports by E-mail

Keep up with development and construction projects in your neighborhood. Sign up for the City's E-Plat summary report and the E-Permit report to find out about plat and permit applications. The Plat Summary E-Report contains information about the plats, replats, variances, and special exceptions to plats that will be considered at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting. The report provides locational, plat, and applicant information for each application in an Excel format that can be easily scrolled through, or sorted, based on particular data, such as council district. The Houston Planning Commission meets every other Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall...
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Houston Public Library Restored Library

37The Houston Public Library has extended its service hours by restoring Saturday service to 14 neighborhood libraries throughout the city. The District K neighborhood libraries that had phased-in restored Saturday hours are: Morris Frank Library, a HPL Express Location (Brays Oaks area) Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library (Fort Bend Houston area) The restoration of service hours took place in phases. In addition, hours was restored to the Central Library, returning it to a seven day a week schedule sometime in the spring or summer. To learn more about the Houston Public Library, Read more