Reflecting America: What Katy-area residents need to know about the 2020 census

The official day for the 2020 census count is less than a few months away, and census employees are already beginning to prepare for the April 1, 2020, count. Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities.



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See how the Katy-area real estate market fared in September 2020

See how the Katy-area real estate market fared in September 2020.

Clay Road Community Center is set to open in early 2021. (Courtesy Harris County Project Recovery)
Clay Road Community Center slated to open in early 2021

Clay Road Community Center features seven classrooms, three conference rooms, a 4,000-square-foot community hall and a lounge area.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cy-Fair. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County’s early-voting turnout up 23% over same time frame in 2016 general election

The five busiest polling locations in Harris County have averaged more than 1,700 in-person voters daily thus far during early voting.

Target has built out its new store at 2075 Westheimer Road, Houston. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Target to open fourth Inner Loop location and more Houston-area business, community news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

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Katy-area evictions continue due to recession

Although evictions are significantly down compared to last year across the country, Texas and particularly Harris County have had some of the highest numbers in the country, experts said.

Baylor College of Medicine is seeking volunteers for a COVID-19 study looking to determine the prevalence of the viral disease in the Houston area. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)
Baylor College of Medicine recruiting participants for COVID-19 prevalence study

The study will collect samples from 70,000 individuals nationwide.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Houston hydrologist explains climate change’s role in intensified flooding, importance of planning for future storms

“We’re looking at more intense and more frequent storms, and so, as a region, we’re going to need to think about that when we’re planning. We need to plan for that worst-case climate change [scenario].”

Some Harris County residents could be eligible for free workforce training. (Courtesy Lone Star College System)
Harris County partners with Lone Star College to offer free workforce training this fall

Furloughed, unemployed and underemployed Harris County residents could be eligible for one of 17 training programs.

The COVID-19 recession, which is considered to have started both domestically and globally in late February, is unlike any other economic downturn in recent history, one expert said: It could potentially be much longer-lasting than a traditional recession. (Courtesy Pexels)
Sales tax revenue rebounds in some Houston cities following COVID-19 shutdowns

While revenue data shows both positive and negative regional trends in 2020, experts said businesses must brace for more changes as the economy fluctuates.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend, along with AccessHealth and the Harris Health System, opened a medical clinic for child victims of sexual abuse Oct. 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Medical clinic for child victims of sexual abuse opens in Katy area

Child Advocates of Fort Bend, along with AccessHealth and the Harris Health System, opened a medical clinic for child victims of sexual abuse Oct. 1.

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Greater Houston region faces glut of industrial, commercial space and multifamily housing

While the Greater Houston area has seen a glut of office space for the last six years, Patrick Jankowski said the industrial buildup has happened more in the past year and a half.