Great turnout on June 30th for our Community Service Project on Waco St. with lots of help from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth ELCA Youth Gathering 2018 and HOU Department of Neighborhoods! City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON). We are not done and if you want to help us spread the rest, please email progressive5thward at gmail.com.
Progressive Fifth Ward Community Association is partnering with COH Department of Neighborhoods to carry out a tree mulching beatification project of Waco on June 30th from 8am until we finish. We are starting with existing tree’s in the esplanade at Waco & I-10 and ending at Waco and Noble St. We will have hundreds of youths from ELCA Service Learning Project eager to help and we need volunteers (18 years & older) to make sure every tree gets mulched. Mulch, supplies and equipment has been generously donated. We are looking for 10-12 volunteers to supervise and if you are interested, please call 832-534-3845 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 was a very busy day. We were at Jam Park signing up residents for free spayed/neutering services and because of the weather the week before, our Fifth Ward Senior Citizen Project was also on the same day. All credit must go to Samuel Johnson and the Travis Manion Foundation for coordinating, organizing and putting together this wonderful volunteer opportunity that benefited a very lucky, long term, senior resident in the Fifth Ward community.
Thanks to everyone who came out on April 28th to Jam Park. We issued 69 vouchers to residents to have their pets spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, rabies shot and a wellness exam. We appreciate our volunteers from RPM and Barrio Dogs and none of this would have been possible without our donors and Unity for Solution.
Last year on February 11, 2017, the Progressive Fifth Ward Community Association in conjunction with other animal welfare agencies helped 70+ dog/cat owners in Fifth Ward community get their animals fixed through the financial support of Unity for All/Big Fix Houston, a city-wide initiative. On that day, we eliminated potentially at least 1,600 stray puppies from being born that might turn into poor, stray dogs roaming the streets. We were very pleased with the first time effort in Fifth Ward and know that many animal owners benefited from the effort. This year, we are hoping to provide the same help to our neighborhood, however, Hurricane Harvey has understandably, put a huge dent in our fundraising efforts. We are still moving forward and working towards our second Big Fix Houston Fifth Ward set to take place on, Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10-12pm. You must bring your postcard and sign-up on a first come, first serve basis. Spayed and neutering may include a rabies shot and a microchip, all free of charge to residents of Fifth Ward but we need your support to make this happen.
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Progressive Fifth Ward Community Association discussing the stray dog issue with City Council.
TXDOT has multiple projects going on at the same time with the I-45 Construction Project being the one that’s consuming a lot of our attention. While we were all grappling with their decision to remove exits, displace Kelly Courts & Clayton Homes, they were also quietly rolling out another construction plan with more long term implications for Fifth Ward. TxDOT held their last, poorly advertised, public meeting on Feb. 22, 2018 with less than 20 residents in attendance, to discuss their launch of a 2 year study to help solve congestion starting at I-10 East and ending near Mount Belvieu. Unless they plan on building express lanes on top of I-10 East, we all know the solution to this study will undoubtedly end with them widening inbound and outbound lanes although they carefully excluded the word ‘widening’ from the spiel to the communities. Widening I-10 East has the potential to displace homes, businesses and increase pollution in the area and beyond. Any construction on this leg of I-10 East will bring additional detour traffic to Lyons Ave. a parallel road with 3 Union Pacific railroad crossings that at any given time can all be clogged with trains preventing vehicle & pedestrian traffic. The TXDot representatives gave the community a deadline of March 9, 2018, 4 days away, to respond to the following questions on the questionnaire below.
- What transportation issues need to be addressed through this study?
- What are the most important transportation goals for the corridor?
- What transportation concerns do you have?
If you want your comments included, print & complete the questionnaire, scan and email to HOU-PIOWebMail@txdot.gov or you can mail to:
TxDOT Houston District Office, Director of Project Development
Project No. 0912-00-535
P.O. Box 1386
Houston, TX 77251
You can also call them at TxDOT Houston District, (713) 802-5076. You will need to reference the project number with any inquiry.