Department News

BARC set a goal to find homes to save 90 percent of animals in its care in November. 

Vice President Joe Biden was in Houston on Nov. 18 to speak about infrastructure.

The collaborative efforts of nine city departments and staff from the Mayor's office helped 200 residents find clean, safe housing after living in deplorable conditions.

The Housing and Community Development Department joined the Zieben Group and local and regional officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Gulf Coast Arms Apartments, a 160-unit affordable rental community in October. 


For the past century, Hermann Park has been one of Houston's greatest treasures. Now the rest of the country will see what Houstonians have always known. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:34

HPD volunteers restore historic cemetery

Watch a video of HPD volunteering in a service project to honor the final resting place of veterans and former slaves.


The City of Houston’s BP MS 150 team jersey turned heads during the ride, and earned accolades in the Primal Wear People’s Choice Jersey Contest.



Human Resources is asking for your feedback about the city's health plan including the administration, communications and customer service. 

The city has partnered with an independent research company, Decision Information Resources, Inc., to collect your feedback through an online survey. Your responses will be combined with those of other City of Houston employees. Your participation is voluntary, your answers will remain confidential; you will not be identified personally, and your individual information will not be shared or used for sales purposes. 

By completing this survey, you can help identify possible opportunities for service improvement. It is important to remember, that the city's plan is self-funded. The city determines the benefits and wellness programs that are offered to you, and the cost that you pay for those benefits. Your health services vendor, Cigna, administers your benefits and provides resources to support the city's initiatives. 

Please complete the survey by Friday, Oct. 2.




Looking to purchase a home?  The city’s Homebuyer Assistance Program provides assistance to qualified low-to-moderate first-time homebuyers in the City of Houston with a household income at or below 80 percent of the city’s median income. 

The Homebuyer Assistance Program also assists qualified applicants with a total household income up to 110 percent of the city’s median income.  The application process is open to the public, and assistance is provided on need and a first-come, first-serve basis.

For additional information, please visit our website: or call: 832.394.6200.   


The Settegast community received new life and new hope with the expansion of 138-unit multifamily community, known as, Villas at Colt Run located at 7600 E. Houston Road.  This site was previously an abandoned, partially completed, dilapidated apartment complex for several years. 

Villas at Colt Run offers the following amenities: spacious one, two and three bedroom units; accessible units for mobility such as hearing and sight; fitness and business centers; playground; swimming pool, conference room and community club room.   The property is 100 percent preleased with a temporary waiting list. 

The HCDD Director Neal Rackleff joined CM Jerry Davis, community residents and representative from LDG Development, LLC for the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 18.  The project was supported by a $3 million investment of federal HOME Investment partnership funds.  Total cost of project is $18,073,789. 


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

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:

Thursday through Sunday, October 15 - 18 , 2015

Green Building Resource Center, 1002 Washington Avenue

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

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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.

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