News Articles

Department Investigating High Water Bills

Oct. 1, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Some residents throughout Houston have reported unusually high water bills in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading »

Governor Abbott finally comes through with $50M relief money

Sep. 30, 2017Houston Chronicle

Gov. Greg Abbott finally showed up at Houston’s City Hall with a smile on his face, a $50 million check in his hand and some lofty words about working together for the greater good of all Texans. Continue Reading »

Storm Debris Collection Continues

Sep. 29, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

The Solid Waste Department and partners continue to cycle through all neighborhoods in Houston to collect storm debris on an ongoing basis, and will continue to do so until all material is removed.  Continue Reading »

Proposed One-Year Tax Rate Increase Public Hearing Dates

Sep. 24, 2017Council Member Ellen Cohen

During the last two weeks many of you have contacted my office to express your opinions on Mayor Turner’s proposed one-year tax rate increase. The Mayor has stated the funds will be used to cover expenses incurred during the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading »

Hurricane Harvey Debris Contractor FAQs

Sep. 22, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

I want to contract with the City for debris hauling.  How do I proceed and who should I contact?
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Mayor Sylvester Turner urges unity at prayer vigil for Hurricane Harvey victims

Sep. 17, 2017Houston Chronicle

Mayor Sylvester Turner and religious leaders urged the city to stay united at a prayer vigil Sunday on the steps of City Hall, as the crisis sparked by Hurricane Harvey has ebbed and local governments return to more normal schedules. Continue Reading »

This Week at City Hall

Sep. 15, 2017 in News Articles, This Week at City Hall

This Week: One Year Revenue Cap Suspension Proposed for Harvey Recovery; District C Observes Rosh Hashanah; Resources: Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Continue Reading »

Houston’s ‘Flood Czar’ Says Harvey Has Brought The City To A Decision Point On Flood Control

Sep. 14, 2017Houston Public Media

When we caught up with Houston’s newly-appointed “flood czar” last year, he told us he had no money and no staff.

That’s still largely the case, Stephen Costello told us in an interview on Tuesday at his Houston City Hall office. He now has one paid staff member. Continue Reading »

Updated Resources: Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

Sep. 8, 2017Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

**Please report ALL home flooding to the City’s 311 hotline. These reports are critical because they determine the recovery resources Houston may receive from FEMA.**
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Harvey Relief: Local Houston Charities

Sep. 5, 2017Houstonia Magazine

THERE’S THE OLD SAYING that charity starts at home — this is a list of local organizations providing services to residents following Hurricane Harvey. Continue Reading »