Houston withdraws from Harris County housing task force and more popular area news

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the work of the housing stability task force will continue through the city's housing and community affairs committee. (Courtesy HTV)
Mayor Sylvester Turner said the work of the housing stability task force will continue through the city's housing and community affairs committee. (Courtesy HTV)

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the work of the housing stability task force will continue through the city's housing and community affairs committee. (Courtesy HTV)

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Harris County

Mayor Turner pulls Houston out of Harris County's housing stability task force

Houston has withdrawn from a housing stability task force it formed in conjunction with Harris County officials, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Sept. 11.

The Woodlands

6 places to see live music in The Woodlands area in September and October

Several venues in The Woodlands offer live music this fall as well as the last performance of a summer outdoor concert series at Hughes Landing.

Houston area

See how Houston-area school districts compare with in-person, virtual learning participation

This week marked the start of the school year for many districts in the Houston area, including some that returned for in-person instruction for the first time since March.

Montgomery County

Fish Creek Thoroughfare projects wrapping up this fall

Two Montgomery County Precinct 2 projects on Fish Creek Thoroughfare in Montgomery are wrapping up this fall, Commissioner Charlie Riley said. A new bridge over Lake Creek is expected to open in October, he said. Additionally, the overpass providing a direct route over FM 2854 and the railroad tracks for drivers on Fish Creek and McCaleb Road is expected to be complete in November.

Missouri City

Missouri City City Manager Odis Jones reports misuse of funds to City Council

City Manager Odis Jones reported at a Sept. 8 City Council meeting that an audit of Missouri City’s internal controls has found $20,000 of expenditures made between October 2018-February 2019 with funds from the city’s public, educational and government fund that do not align with the limited use of these funds.

Emma Whalen, Andrew Christman, Matt Stephens, Danica Lloyd, Anna Lotz and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
Vaccine distribution starts in Fort Bend County and more top Houston-area news

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Novel at River Oaks
Inner Loop apartment rents tumbled by as much as 16% in 2020

"I would hope that these operators in those areas—at some point, you can’t lower rents anymore. They just have to wait for people to show up," ApartmentData's Bruce McClenny said.

The first-ever Houston Reads Day will take place March 2. (Courtesy Pexels)
Volunteers needed for inaugural literacy-focused Houston Reads Day

Volunteers will read to 10,000 kindergarten through third-grade students.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is coming to Montrose Collective

"What attracted us to Houston was the incredible cultural and culinary diversity and the feeling of progress, growth in modernity the city radiates. The average daily temperature didn’t hurt either,” co-founder Ben Van Leeuwen said.

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

During a North Houston Association meeting Jan. 20, Jazz Hamilton—first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services Group for CBRE—discussed how the future of retail will likely be shaped by the conveniences to which consumers have become accustomed amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.

The estimated number of active COVID-19 cases in Harris County has surpassed 50,000, reaching 51,362 as of the most recent data Jan. 20, according to the Harris County Public Health Department. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Active cases top 50,000

See the latest trends on COVID-19 in Harris County.

Elysian Viaduct Bridge
I-10 to be closed both ways at downtown Houston this weekend

Work continues on the Elysian Viaduct Bridge north of downtown.

A winning bidder has been selected to buy out francesca’s clothing boutique store. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Winning bidder selected for francesca’s sale

Francesca’s was purchased for $18 million by TerraMar.

In addition to vaccine hubs, there are also smaller community vaccine providers throughout Texas, such as pharmacies, that may also have the vaccine available. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
EXPLAINED: When, where and how Texans can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

As Texas is still in the early stages of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, many Texans are still unsure about where, when and how they can get inoculated.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

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