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Complete Communities initiative expands to five more neighborhoods

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From the Mayor's Office of Communications

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the expansion of his Complete Communities initiative to five more neighborhoods.

Alief, Fort Bend Houston, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester and Sunnyside are the new communities, joining a collaborative neighborhood improvement program that started with Acres Home, Gulfton, Near Northside, Second Ward and Third Ward.

Mayor Turner made the June 20 announcement at a community celebration at Eastwood Park, 5000 Harrisburg Blvd. in Second Ward, to showcase examples of the initiative’s progress.

Worn out tennis courts at the park were converted to soccer practice spaces thanks to a $200,000 public-private partnership among the city, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Target stores. New skate park ramps debuted at the park, thanks to the Friends of Eastwood Park non-profit organization.

“Although they have been underserved for decades, these 10 neighborhoods represent some of the best of Houston—they’re diverse, hard-working, and proud,” Mayor Turner said. “Complete Communities will ensure that all ships rise with the tide, so that all of our communities are part of the fabric that makes Houston one complete city.”

Complete Communities, which the mayor started two years ago, uses government, non-profit and business funds and other resources to strengthen neighborhoods across the city. Donors have already given $11 million to the mayor’s Complete Communities Improvement Fund and the initiative has also attracted millions of dollars in private investments.

The 10 neighborhoods  – half of them outside Loop 610 -- struggle with access to quality amenities and services, such as full-service supermarkets, affordable urgent care centers and high-quality early learning and after-school programs. Each has significant tracts of undeveloped land and at least two Opportunity Zones, designated by the federal government, in which investors can qualify for tax breaks.

Residents of each Complete Communities neighborhood determine the top priority neighborhood improvements through a series of public meetings and workshops.



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