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October Newsletter

FEMA approves initial funding for long-sought North Canal flood project
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday approved initial funding for a $131 million flood mitigation project that would cut a new channel in downtown Houston and improve several bridges over White Oak Bayou. "More than two years after Hurricane Harvey, federal government funding is flowing into Houston to save lives and protect property on a massive scale," Mayor Turner said in a statement. 
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Hopes rise that proposed solar farm will transform former Sunnyside landfill site
What was once the site of Houston's largest incinerator, and a place where people would dump old appliances and dead animals, could soon become the state's largest urban solar farm and a food source for a community that has long been underserved. The massive Sunnyside landfill was capped decades ago and covers an area that's the size of more than 200 football fields.
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New Texas law empowers police to crack down on pump skimmers
One of the Houston Police Department's legislative priorities was reforming Texas law to better enable them to catch thieves who use credit card skimmers. Texas leads the nation in thefts due to credit card skimmers, representing 42% of total losses according to the banking industry. With the leadership of Rep. Mary Ann Perez,  the law passed unanimously during the 2019 legislative session and took effect in September.
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Houston to host National Urban League conference in 2020
Mayor Turner announced that Houston will host the 2020 meeting of the National Urban League, an event that leaders expect to draw tens of thousands of people and presidential candidates from both political parties. It will be held Aug. 5-8 of next year, and will focus on the "challenges of discrimination and lack of opportunity in every aspect of today's social and economic landscape," the Urban League said in a statement. 

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$11 million skills training center in East End moves forward after winning Harvey recovery grant
A plan to build a 20,000 square foot workforce training center in Houston's East End clinched a majority of its funding from federal disaster relief and recovery funds allocated after Hurricane Harvey.
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HUD awards Houston $9.1 million to protect families from lead
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $319 million to 77 state and local government agencies, a record investment to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.  Houston was awarded $9.1 million in lead hazard control grants and $600 thousand in healthy home grants. 
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Discovery Green named one of America's Great Places
The secret is out across the country. The American Planning Association, an organization of public and private sector community planners, named downtown Houston's 12-acre park one of its Great Places in America for 2019.  It's a great place for  taking in concerts, stretching it out in yoga, paddling, or interacting with public art.
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