Programs & Projects
Houston Southeast is undertaking a number of programs designed to broaden the base of information and knowledge needed to improve and increase opportunities, and enhance the lives and lifestyles of residents. Here is an overview of some of the initiatives and activities that are completed or currently underway:
- Old Spanish Trail/Almeda, Houston Southeast Joint Infrastructure Plan. In an effort to identify, prepare for, and maximize the potential of future opportunities, the OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority and Houston Southeast are working together on a critical initiative to further improve access in the area: The development of a plan to assist the Authority and the District to identify, fund, and implement federally eligible mobility infrastructure improvements.
- Emergency Preparedness Workshops. We have partnered with the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management to conduct seminars designed to promote the well-being of our neighborhoods and those who live and work there. The seminars serve to update, inform, and prepare the area for District-wide emergency situations. Our diverse range of goals includes reducing personal losses, injuries, and property damage from disasters or other emergencies; minimizing losses and interruptions to business, residential, and governmental activity; and helping Houston Southeast to better collaborate with regional emergency management agencies and their efforts.
- Fire Safety Program. Houston Southeast has established Fire Safety Seminars that consist of presentations and smoke alarm disbursements designed to reduce the risk – and the occurrences – of fire-related events.
- Constable and Bike Patrols. Houston Southeast provides a high-profile demonstration of our commitment to community safety by employing seven Harris County Precinct 7 constables and 14 off-duty Houston Police Department officers to patrol and provide law enforcement services to residents and businesses throughout our neighborhoods. Anyone seeking to report a public safety concern can do so by clicking here to submit a patrol alert; a Houston Southeast constable will stop by this area three times during their shift to address the concerns.
- Anti-Graffiti Initiative. In an effort to prevent graffiti from marring structures in Houston Southeast, we have created a log of incidences that helps us not only monitor and abate such occurrences, but also to study and better understand gang activity.
Business and Economic Development
- HOUSE Rewards. Houston Southeast is in the process of launching a rewards program that will enable community residents to receive discounts when they shop with neighborhood businesses. This program will help to connect our residents with local retailers, restaurants, and small companies, delivering significant economic value throughout District.
- Real Estate Services. Houston Southeast has engaged a real estate firm to assist in supporting local economic activity by identifying property for investment and guiding commercial businesses in expansion opportunities. The consultant also assists Houston Southeast in hosting monthly Invest In My Own Community workshops, which prepare individuals to become investors or developers in the area and help them contribute to prosperity in the District.
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goals. Houston Southeast is revising our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals to include a more comprehensive program and a more effective method to seek out prospective DBE firms. This policy will ensure that the economic benefits of growth and prosperity in our community are available to all qualified vendors.
- Community Job Fairs. These events, which enable area residents to meet with prospective employers, are held in partnership with organizations and firms around Houston Southeast and underscore our focus to bring more jobs to more people in our neighborhoods.
- Capital Improvements Maintenance and Arborist Contract. Landscape designer M2L Associates is conducting an assessment of all capital improvements and trees that are Houston Southeast’s responsibility. This will provide critical insight on future capital improvement and urban forestry needs and costs, while serving as road map on how we can build upon the District’s traditional, natural beauty.
- Right of Way Maintenance. The District will continue to enhance the District’s image and amenities by providing trash removal, graffiti abatement, and landscape services in the right-of-way (on all major corridors) within the District.
- Social Media. As part of the rebranding initiative, we are also using social media to promote Houston Southeast’s sub-areas to the widest possible audience and to ensure that our residents and businesses stay fully informed about the advantages of living in the District.