On October 10, 2015, the Houston Green Building Resource Center will help area residents conserve natural resources to lessen the effects of the Texas heat by offering a 50-gallon rain barrel and 65-gallon compost bins at a discounted price.  The rain barrels and compost bins, which typically retail at $119, will be offered for just $69.00 and $65.00 each and comes with instructions for easy set-up and use. Made from 100% recycled materials, rain barrels provide homeowners with an affordable alternative to watering from the tap.

Available at these prices for a limited time, these must be ordered online by Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Purchases can be picked at the Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Ave, Saturday, October 10 from 10am to 2pm. The Program Director, Steve Stelzer will also be available to answer questions and assist all who take part in this offer.

50 Gallon Rain Barrel: All components are included to start collecting and using your rainwater. The barrel is made of 100% recycled, HDPE material. Barrels nest for easy storage - three barrels will easily fit in the back seat of a mid size sedan. It has a locking lid with a screened inlet, two overflow ports, and is able to be linked to other barrels. It also meets EPA safety standards and is made in the USA!

65 Gallon Compost Bin: Easy and convenient to convert your food and lawn waste into nutrient-rich compost. This bin holds up to 65 gallons and is constructed of rugged plastic resin. Ventilation holes throughout help with proper composting. This compost bin makes it easy to recycle your yard and kitchen waste, an important step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills.

To order visit the website by October 4 www.RainBarrelProgram.org/Houston

Certified YardWise Master Composter Course

The Green Building Resource center is also offering Certified YardWise Master Composters (MC), a  complete a 20-hour training course by approved MC instructors, as well as 20 hours of volunteer community service in public compost education and awareness (within six months of completing the course). MC training courses will provide at least 16 hours of classroom time to be supplemented with four hours of hands-on training.

MC training courses will utilize reference texts and curriculum provided by its community coordinator, the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center, with instruction given by Steve Stelzer, Program Director.  Eight guest speakers familiar with composting at various levels and waste diversion in general will provide the majority of the instruction and insight to the attendees. For more information visit:  http://www.greenhoustontx.gov/gbrceducation-2015oct.pdf

Thursday through Sunday, October 15 - 18 , 2015

Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Avenue

Cost: $40 (twenty attendees maximum, 10 minimum).

What once was lost, now is found thanks to Operation Photo Rescue. The nonprofit organization visited Houston to offer free photo restoration services to Houstonians whose treasured memories were destroyed in the Memorial Day flood.

Steve tinnermonHCDD staff says “Hats Off” to Stephen Tinnermon for 22 years of public service.

Tinnermon is known for his professional manner at all times. For the past five years, he has served in the role of Deputy Director overseeing LARA, Houston Hope, Single Family Home Repair Program, Disaster Recovery Round II.

Prior to working with HCDD, he worked in the Planning & Development Department and served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Lee P. Brown.

 grocery store

Once declared as a food desert, South Union Community now has a new source of nutrition in the neighborhood. Pyburn’s Farm Fresh Food store, 7125 Scott Street, opened its doors to the community on Friday, July 31, when city of Houston leaders cut the ceremonial ribbon. 

Mayor Annise Parker, Council Member Dwight Boykins, Housing and Community Development Director Neal Rackleff, HUD Officials, Houston Redevelopment Authority and owner, John Vuong gave brief remarks.

Pyburn’s store offers fresh fruit, vegetables, an a large array of meats such as: boudain, seasoned pork chops, marinated pork riblets, marinated chicken wings and smothered chicken to name a few. The store has employed more than 40 jobs to residents of the community.


Acres homesOn Aug. 5, 2015, homeowner Angela Perry was filled with excitement as family and HCDD staff members celebrated entrance into her new home in Acres Homes.

Her home was previously damaged from Hurricane Ike. It is now replaced with a new three-bedroom, two-bath home.

This is just one of 275 Disaster Recovery Round II properties scheduled for reconstruction.

Village multipurpose center

Housing and Community Development Director Neal Rackleff and Council Member Dave Martin joined State Representative Dan Huberty and Village Learning Center Board Members on Thursday, Aug. 13, for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Village Multipurpose Building located at 3838 Plum Valley Drive in Kingwood.

This new 16,000 square building offers additional much needed space for up to 150 individuals with disabilities. The Village Learning Center services individuals with disabilities serving over 300 clients with stimulating activities and life-skills training.

The new facility expands vocational education/training and speech therapies activities to include additional classroom space, indoor recreation center, gymnasium and a workout/exercise room. HCDD provided $3 million in Community Development Block grant to support this project.

For the second time, Houston Fire Department soccer team competed in the World Police and Fire Games over the summer.  Ten HFD players traveled to Virginia to compete in a week long competition against fellow public servants.  To bolster numbers, players from Nassau County Police joined the team.  Team DSCN4622

The tournament ended with a 2-2 record, having defeated the Indiana State Police and FBI-Washington.  The tournament started off with a loss to a very strong NYPD team, who ended up winning the gold in our division.  After finishing second in group play, HFD Soccer was ultimately knocked out by Northern Virginia Police and Fire.  

In 2013, this biennial tournament was held in Belfast, N. Ireland.  HFD Soccer sent a team of eight to compete in the 5v5 soccer tournament.  They competed against teams from Northern Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and New Caledonia.  After advancing out of group play, HFD Soccer was knocked out by Las Vegas Fire, the only other US team in the competition.  

In addition to the World Games, HFD Soccer competes in the Texas Firefighter Summer Games every summer, and has won a medal each time for the past eight years.  Players from all levels of experience and from stations across the city participate.  The team hones its skills while playing indoor soccer and having practices throughout the year.  All costs are out of pocket,  so the team hosts several fundraisers and sells HFD Soccer merchandise to help keep the costs down.  

Forget the image you have about shelter dogs. Take a look at BARC's new adoption center that puts its best paw forward.

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