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May 6 Newsletter

Houston council OKs $15 million rent
relief program

City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $15 million in federal relief funds to help residents affected by the economic downturn catch up on April and May rent, which council members said is imperfect but will offer critical help to some families.
City partners with organizations to provide support, create COVID-19 hotline and testing program for homeless population
Mayor Sylvester Turner joined with representatives from several local organizations recently to provide details on how the City's homeless population is being helped during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Throughout the pandemic, more than 100 partner agencies in The Way Home homeless response system have been working diligently to provide services to this vulnerable population.   
NY Times Opinion: Don't be fooled by America's flattening curve
A leaked document obtained by The New York Times projected more than 3,000 people could die each day by the end of May. Another historically conservative model, favored by the Trump administration, just doubled its projected death toll, too.
Opinion: COVID-19 is not a ‘big city’ problem. It’s an ‘every city’ problem
Pandemic is hurting cities of all sizes. Relief efforts from Washington should reflect that
Last week was the worst yet for Texas COVID-19 deaths and infections
The number of new reported COVID-19 cases and deaths last week was the largest since the pandemic began, suggesting that infections remain pervasive and much is still unknown about the size and scale of the Texas outbreak.
A glimmer of hope for the Houston economy amid oil's lingering pain
Crude's rally offers a glimmer of hope for the Houston economy and the tens of thousands of residents whose livelihoods rise and fall with the price of oil.

Already vulnerable neighborhoods are hardest hit by COVID-19 job losses
A dashboard created by the Kinder Institute’s Houston Community Data Connections shows job-loss estimates in each Harris County community. Many of the areas impacted most by the economic downturn are home to low-income renters, the working poor and single-parent households.
Bill Gates on how to fight future pandemics
When historians write the book on the covid-19 pandemic, what we’ve lived through so far will probably take up only the first third or so. The bulk of the story will be what happens next.
PPP Failing To Reach Most Affected Areas, Industries
The President was taking a bit of a victory lap on the government’s ability to move more than 350 billion tax dollars into the pockets of businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. The program was intended to keep those small businesses afloat while keeping employees on the payroll. 
Webcast: A Conversation with Dr. Stephen Linder
The Center for Houston's Future hosts Dr. Stephen Linder of UTHealth School of Public Health to discuss how disparities shape effects of Covid-19 on various communities, as illustrated by the Houston Chronicle earlier this week.
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Podcast: How COVID-19 is Impacting Criminal Justice and Health Care Reform
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on families, individuals, and organizations around the world. And like most, if not all pandemics, it is also fracturing our society along known fault lines, exposing systemic flaws that are inevitably heightened in a time of crisis.
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The census and why it’s more important than ever
COVID-19 has amplified the gaps that separate the haves and the have-nots in our society. The pandemic has underscored the underlying disparities that have long existed in America. The effectiveness of many of the services established to address these disparities depends on the accuracy of the 2020 Census.
City of Houston coronavirus cartoons
The City of Houston is providing these cartoons free of charge for non-commercial use. Download them here to use on social media or printed materials that promote social distancing and the use of masks to help prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
The real reason to wear a mask
If you feel confused about whether people should wear masks and why and what kind, you’re not alone. COVID-19 is a novel disease and we’re learning new things about it every day. However, much of the confusion around masks stems from the conflation of two very different functions of masks.
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