June 30th Community Service Results

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.


Volunteer supervisors needed – Sat., June 30th in Fifth Ward

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. 52dd4e160d077.imageWe 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 progressive5thward@gmail.com.part1part2




Results from Big Fix Houston 2018 in Fifth Ward

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.

I-10 East Environmental Study

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. i10_pelstudyUnless 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.

  1. What transportation issues need to be addressed through this study?
  2. What are the most important transportation goals for the corridor?
  3. 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.



Public Meeting – Highway 59/69 Construction


Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men
1700 Gregg Street
Houston, TX 77020 (Map)


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Open House: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


The purpose of the public meeting is to introduce and to receive input about the I-10 East Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study, which encompasses I-10 East from I-69 in Harris County to SH 99 (Grand Parkway) in Chambers County. The meeting will be held in an open house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned. Please note: TxDOT is hosting three additional public meetings about this study that displays the same meeting materials but at different locations on Feb. 13,  Feb. 15 and Feb. 20, 2018.


The I-10 East PEL study is a high-level, early-planning process; the goal of a PEL study is to gather feedback during planning to inform the environmental review process. Maps of the study corridor and exhibits will be available at the public meeting.

Special accommodations: TxDOT makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of the public. The open house will be in English, if you have a special communication accommodation or need for an interpreter, a request can be made. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can also be made to accommodate most needs. Please call TxDOT’s Public Information Office at (713) 802-5076 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

Comments must be received on or before March 9, 2018, to be a part of the official public meeting record.


Reference the following project number: 0912-00-535
TxDOT Houston District
Public Information Office
(713) 802-5076

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival, March 24, 2018

Now in its fifth year, the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival remains FREE to the community and continues to celebrate the history, art, culture, and current revitalization of Houston’s 5th Ward. Using the allure of music, dance and other art forms to engage the community, this annual celebration showcases positive changes in the area and new developments that are taking place. Unique to the Festival, Houston’s only egg drop by helicopter!

Opportunities for vendors are available here.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit: https://www.lyonsavenuefestival.com/

If you’d like more information on how to participate as a vendor or volunteer at the event, please email Kim Stoilis at kstoilis@fifthwardcrc.org or call 713-674-0175 to speak with a festival committee member.

Keep Houston Beautiful Recognition

We, along with our community partner, Samuel Johnson, were honored to received recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful & Mayor Turner for our efforts to revitalize the outside space of a veteran, senior citizen couple who have lived in Fifth Ward for over 40 years. Thanks to the Travis Manion Foundation and Positive Black Males of Houston for their volunteerism & support.