Houston Mural Map has Launched

Feeling restless at home and wish you could safely visit some interesting spots around Houston? A new website, HoustonMuralMap.com that launched July 15th helps people do exactly that.
Couch-surfers can take a fun discovery tour online; just click on a mural pin on the map to see a photo and learn about the artist. Or, use the website to create a DIY driving tour. It’s fun to go see some cool new murals in person.  (But if you get out of the car, remember to wear a mask and social distance!)
The interactive digital map shows the locations of hundreds of street installations that express the energy and cultural character of Houston. Many address social issues. You can zoom to a neighborhood of interest, or search by artist.  
“This is the perfect time to discover the diversity of Houston’s creative community and the growing number of murals and Mini Murals, city-wide. Even better is that anyone can use this new digital map from the safety of home,” said Theresa Escobedo of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Houston. 
“We hope Houston Mural Map spurs even more community appreciation of the work of our creative muralists and street artists,” said Deidre Thomas, Director of Grants – Houston Arts Alliance. 
Following the launch of the website, it will continue to be updated. Artists and others are encouraged to submit more murals and information for the website, using a form available on the website.  
The website includes all available information, including links to the artists’ online presence. The crowd-sourced map will be updated as more murals and information are submitted. I enjoyed seeing the artwork from District K on the map, especially since it all started here.
The Houston Mural Map was funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, with a Let Creativity Happen Digital Grant, 2020. 

Help for Homeowners during COVID-19

Lone Star Legal Aid’s Foreclosure Prevention Project helps individuals and families stay in their homes by fighting foreclosures. Foreclosures can occur for a range of reasons, including defaulting on a home loan, failing to pay property taxes, failing to pay homeowners association dues, failing to meet reverse mortgage requirements. 
Did You Know: COVID-19 mortgage payment relief is available for single-family homeowners? Learn more @HUDgov https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus/homeowners
For additional resources on foreclosure, please visit our COVID-19 Evictions and Other Resources page here. You can also apply for free legal help with fighting a foreclosure by calling 1-800-733-8394 or online or www.lonestarlegal.org.

Virtual Town Hall Focused on Mental Health, Healing and Wellness in the Houston Community.

Registration Now Open for Event with the H.E.R. Task Force. 
Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Taskforce invite you to the Mental Health in Minority Communities During the Pandemic, a virtual town hall focused on mental health, healing, and wellness in our community.
Hosted by the H.E.R. Faith-Based Subcommittee, this forum will take place on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. To register for this townhall, visit https://bit.ly/3egI7au.
For this town hall, the Faith-Based Subcommittee will gather mental health experts and faith leaders from across the Houston area to facilitate conversations on important topics such as: the Intersection of Racial Injustice and Mental Health; Grieving: Processing Death in the Pandemic; Community-Led Alternatives to Mental Health Crisis; and the Unraveling of Social Networks: Social Isolation.
This discussion comes at a crucial moment in our history as many Houstonians grapple with the devastating health and socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mental health affects our overall health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional fear and anxiety for many people because of a job loss, illness, death of a loved one, or other factors. Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “As we maintain physical distance, it is important for people to know they are not alone. The virtual town hall will provide meaningful information. Our goal is to help people regain control and become more resilient.”
To register for this townhall,visit https://bit.ly/3egI7au.
The H.E.R. Initiative and Task Force was launched in April 2020 by Mayor Turner and is a vital component of the City of Houston’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Effort, especially for vulnerable and at-risk populations.