District K Neighbors,

We’re making progress with ongoing debris cleanup and power restored to most areas in the City of Houston. A big thank you to our hardworking city crews. If you or anyone you know is in need of debris pick up, do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

You’ll find additional disaster recovery resources in this update. We have some exciting community updates for the next couple of weeks in District K. Please note, City Hall will be closed on Memorial Day, but trash pickup will run as scheduled.

It’s been a challenging week for so many residents and I want to acknowledge the resilience and community spirit that everyone has shown. Your patience and support for each other has truly been inspiring.

As we move forward, please remember that the District K office is here for you. Let’s continue to check on our neighbors and maintain the strong sense of community that makes our city special.

Stay safe and connected!

In service,



Governor Abbott Announces SNAP, WIC Replacement Benefits For Counties Impacted By Recent Severe Weather

For Immediate Distribution 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval allowing recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to apply for replacement benefits for food lost or destroyed in last week’s storms.

“Due to recent severe weather and flooding that devastated communities across our state, impacted Texans will be able to apply for SNAP replacement benefits for food that was lost or destroyed during these devastating storms,” said Governor Abbott. “Eligible Texans can apply for these benefits by dialing 2-1-1. I thank the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for working with our federal partners to ensure Texans have the resources they need to recover and move forward from these storms.”

“The recent storms have affected so many families across the state,” said HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services Molly Regan. “By providing these replacement food benefits, we will be able to give relief to those that need our help the most.” 

To replace food lost or destroyed by the storms that began May 16, SNAP recipients must apply for replacement benefits that will be placed on their Lone Star Cards within two business days once benefits are approved.

SNAP recipients in Austin, Chambers, Colorado, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, and Waller counties must apply for replacement benefits by June 17. To apply, recipients can dial 2-1-1 and select Option 2.

Recipients can also download Form H1855 (Affidavit for Nonreceipt or Destroyed SNAP Benefits). Completed forms should be mailed to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, P.O. Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027, or faxed to 877-447-2839.

Recipients who live in counties other than those listed above can apply for replacement benefits in person within 10 days of discovering their food was lost or destroyed due to the recent storms. Individuals in those counties must go to a local benefits office to request replacement food benefits.

Additionally, through May 31, 2024, the WIC program, administered by HHSC, is replacing food and formula benefits lost during last week’s storms. Families can visit TexasWIC.org or call 800-942-3678 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and select Option 3 to speak with an operator who will help find an open location. WIC also offers 24/7 breastfeeding assistance through its lactation support hotline: 855-550-6667.

HHSC is also providing crisis counseling for Texans affected by this disaster through local mental health authorities. To locate a local mental health authority, visit the Where Can I Find Services page

Any Texan in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, atYourTexasBenefits.com or can use the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage their benefits. To find local resources, such as food or shelter, dial 2-1-1 and select Option 1.


City of Houston Expedites Permitting Process 

The City of Houston is expediting services for residents with severe property damage from last week’s derecho. The Houston Permitting Center and the Planning and Development Department are speeding up the permitting and plan review process to help you repair your homes and properties quickly.

Expedited permits include:

  • Weatherheads for power restoration
  • Roof repairs and overlays
  • Minor structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs

Ensure your repairs comply with neighborhood deed restrictions. Submit permit applications via iPermits and contact the permitting section with your eight-digit project number and project address to streamline the process.

For more information on storm damage repairs and repair work exempt from permitting visit the Houston Permitting Center website, phone at 832.394.8899 or by email.


Pools Opening May 25th

Get ready for a splash, District K! All swimming pools in our district are set to open this summer, including the much-anticipated return of the Westbury Aquatic Center after two years of closure. Join us for the Pool Opening Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 25th, at 1:00 p.m. Let’s make a splash together!

#DistrictK #PoolOpeningDay


City of Houston-Funded Arts Grants
Applications Open May 27th

Exciting Opportunity: Round 2 of City-funded Grants Applications Open Soon!

We are thrilled to announce that applications for Round 2 of the City’s Initiative and Let Creativity Happen Grant Programs open on Monday, May 27, 2024.

Grant Term: October 2024 – October 2025

These grants are open to individual artists, creatives, and nonprofit organizations residing or headquartered within Houston city limits. This is a fantastic opportunity for those ready to share their creative practices and programs with the public.

Important: The awarded funds must be utilized within the grant term.

For more details, visit https://buff.ly/4aB0Oms.

We encourage you to share this information with community members and colleagues who could benefit from our grant opportunities. Let’s spread the word and support our vibrant creative community!

Grant programs City’s Initiative and Let Creativity Happen! are administered by Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and supported by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA).#HOUCityGrants #HoustonArts #Grant #Houston #ArtsFunding #BecasParaArtistas

Southwest P.I.P. Monthly Meeting

You’re invited to our monthly PIP meeting Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a friend or neighbor along—we’d love to see you there!

#DistrictKSafety #CommunityMatters #CommunityPolicing


Dr. Shannon Walker Library Grand Opening!

Where will you be on June 1st at 10 AM? Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the Dr. Shannon Walker Neighborhood Library!

We’ve listened to you and the address of our new library has been changed from 5505 Belrose to 11630 Chimney Rock Rd.

This event marks a significant milestone in our commitment to literacy, learning, and discovery. Named after NASA astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker, a native Houstonian and Westbury High School graduate, this library aims to be a vibrant community hub for all ages.

See you there!


Traffic Alert

Houston Airports urges travelers to arrive to Bush Airport at least 3 hours before flights

Houston Airports is urging travelers to arrive to Bush Airport at least 3 hours before their flight this Memorial Day weekend, even for domestic flights. For context, the national rule of thumb is to arrive 2 hours before domestic flights, 3 hours before international flights.


Reserve Parking | More passengers mean less available parking. Travelers should reserve parking online at least 12 hours before arriving to the airport atwww.Fly2Houston.com/parking. It’s the only way to guarantee a parking spot closest to the airport. (Media covering the airports should reserve parking in advance, too.) 

Arrive Early | Record travelers at Bush Airport may create challenges and may cause delays, especially for those traveling in large groups or with family. Arriving early allows passengers the additional time needed to park or reach the Departures curb, print tickets, check baggage, clear TSA security and reach their gates. 

Peak Hours | Peak holiday travel times are from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. During peak hours, all travelers should especially strive to arrive to the airport at least 3 hours before their flights.


Public Hearings Established for May 30, 2024
Plat Application

The Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing, IN PERSON ONLY, on a proposed development in District K, application 2024-0725 Lomcrest Place, in the Fondren community. The developer intends to build an office building with warehouse space on the site. The site plan is attached as well as the plat application documents.

The public hearing will be Thursday, May 30, 2024, 2:00 PM.

Information on attending Planning Commission meetings can be found here: Planning Commission (houstontx.gov)


City of Houston Housing and Community Development Looking for Nonprofit Childcare Services

HCD’s Public Services team selects and funds key Houston nonprofits to expand the services provided to residents. These service providers work on homelessness intervention, early childhood education, job training services, care for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and more.

HCD is seeking nonprofit organizations (‘Applicants’), with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status or similar nonprofit status that offer childcare services and/or out-of-school time enrichment services to youth ages 0-18 years of age within the City of Houston. Proposed services should include enrichment activities, utilize evidence-based best practices and be a new or expansion of an existing program if not currently funded with City of Houston CDBG funds. 

The HCD Public Services NOFA can be viewed at:


Applications are due Tuesday, June 11, 2024.