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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2019 Fatal Shooting at 9920 Nathaniel Street

May 4, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 9920 Nathaniel Street about 6:40 p.m. on January 1, 2019.  

The suspect, Kevin Silverthorn (b/m, 26), is charged with murder in the 176th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of D’mereay Hogg, 23.  

A booking photo of Silverthorn is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Detectives R. Moss, J. Caten and D. Higgs reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex parking lot the above address and found Mr. Hogg had been shot.  He was transported by Houston Fire Department paramedics to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Two suspects were seen running from the scene.  

Investigators learned Hogg had an argument with an unknown male just prior to the shooting.  

Further investigation identified Silverthorn as a suspect in this case.  He was arrested on Wednesday (April 29) and subsequently charged for his role in Hogg’s death.  A second unidentified suspect remains at large.  

Anyone with information on the identity of the second suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  
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Statements from the Edwards family and Mayor Turner on the death of former State Rep. Al Edwards

Apr 30, 2020
HOUSTON – Today, former State Representative Al Edwards passed away. The Edwards’ family statement is below, followed by a statement from Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Edwards family statement
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that former District 146 State Rep. and Civil Rights Leader, Al Edwards Sr. died today from natural causes. He was an ordained minister, father, and grandfather that notably sponsored the legislation making Juneteenth the first legal Texas state holiday for African Americans. He was a proud graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School and Texas Southern University. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him. He was 83 years old.”

 Mayor Sylvester Turner
“The Honorable Al Edwards worked tirelessly for the people of House District 146 and the state of Texas. During nearly three decades in the Texas House, he served with distinction on several influential committees. In 1979, in the face of considerable opposition, Edwards passed legislation to recognize the abolition of slavery in Texas as an annual holiday, earning him the well-deserved nickname “Mr. Juneteenth.”

“As a former chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, Edwards was instrumental in getting the Texas African American History Memorial installed on the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin.
“Edwards and I served together in the Texas Legislature for more than two decades, and during that time, he became like a brother to me. I deeply loved him. And I will miss him greatly.
“On July 28, 2018, I had the honor of proclaiming Albert E. “Al” Edwards Day in the city of Houston. 

“Because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, his family and many friends will not be able to gather in person for a memorial service. But make no mistake, Al deserves a grand celebration for his lifetime of achievements.
“I look forward to honoring my friend and brother at the appropriate time”
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HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS TO BRING COVID-19 TESTING TO SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY

Apr 30, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today that the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Houston Health Department are bringing free COVID-19 testing to the Sunnyside community.

The free Mobile Test Collection Site opens April 29 at Worthing High School (9215 Scott Street, 77051) and will operate through May 3. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until reaching its daily capacity of 150 tests.

The Sunnyside site requires appointments by visiting TXCOVIDTEST.ORG or calling 512-883-2400.

Nurses/Health care workers will screen people for fever and/or chills, cough, fatigue, body ached/muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, and loss of taste and/or smell.

This Sunnyside site is the latest expansion of COVID-19 testing resources into vulnerable communities.

On Monday, Mayor Turner announced free mobile COVID-19 testing at strategic multi-service centers and a new free United Memorial Medical Center testing site in Southeast Houston.

Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/COVID19 for information on where and how to get tested for COVID-19. An interactive map of public and private COVID-19 test collection sites across Texas has been provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management at http://covidtest.tdem.texas.gov/
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Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Fatal Shooting at 4714 Ward Street

Apr 30, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of three persons and the wounding of another at 4714 Ward Street that occurred about 1 a.m. last Friday (April 24).  

The suspect, Tyler Pringle (b/m, 23), is charged with capital murder in the 184th State District Court.  A booking photo of Pringle is attached to this news release.

The identities of the three deceased victims, two males and one female, are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant S. Murdock and Detectives M. Arrington, K. Heaverlo and A. Barr reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex at the above address and learned one male was shot and transported to an area hospital in critical condition.  Upon entering the apartment, officers found two males and one female deceased from gunshot wounds. 

Two unknown suspects were seen entering the apartment and, after several gunshots were heard, the suspects were seen fleeing on foot, possibly to a nearby waiting vehicle.  The suspects were described only as two males wearing dark clothing.

Further investigation led to the identity of Pringle as one of the suspects in this case and, on Saturday (April 25) he was arrested.  The second suspect’s identity is not known at this time.   

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the other suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS
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U.S. SOCCER REVELA CONTENIDO DE ESTA SEMANA PARA LA CAMPAÑA “BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME.”

Apr 30, 2020

U.S. SOCCER REVELA CONTENIDO DE ESTA SEMANA PARA LA
CAMPAÑA “BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME.”

Videos, artículos exclusivos y concursos continúan a destacar el mensaje importante en la lucha contra el COVID-19

CHICAGO (28 de abril, 2020) – Como parte de la campaña “BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME.” U.S. Soccer sigue enfatizando a los aficionados del fútbol en el país de lo que los expertos médicos aconsejan es la forma más importante para combatir la propagación de COVID-19 y ha agregado contenido nuevo para que los aficionados se conecten mientras están en casa.

La colección de contenido y concursos para que los aficionados disfruten, aprendan y participen está disponible por una plataforma digital en ussoccer.com/bendthecurve.

Esta semana, todos los aficionados pueden disfrutar la transmisión de partidos clásicos de las Selecciones Nacionales de Estados Unidos y la Copa Abierta, participar en un seminario web educativo con el departamento de alto rendimiento de U.S. Soccer, demostrar su conocimiento de U.S. Soccer con cuestionarios de trivia, y encontrar nuevos videosartículos exclusivos y galerías de fotos que se enfocan en momentos históricos y actualizaciones de las Selecciones Nacionales.

A continuación el horario de BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME. de esta semana:

Lunes, 27 de abril
BracKITology:
El BracKITology de U.S. Soccer se ha llenado de giros, vueltas y disgustos dramáticos en el camino para determinar que uniforme de los Estados Unidos es el mejor de todos tiempos. Después de cuatro rondas y mas de un millón de votos, el uniforme ganador fue anunciado en las redes sociales de U.S. Soccer.

Martes, 28 de abril
USWNT Trivia:
La próxima USWNT trivia se enfoca en las lideres de la USWNT que ayudaron a reunir a la Selección Nacional Femenil mas exitosa del mundo. ¿Puedes nombrar a todas las jugadoras que han llevado el brazalete de capitán para la USWNT a lo largo de su historia gloriosa?

Clásicos de la USMNT:
USA-México (Retransmisión del 11 de febrero, 2009) a las 8 p.m. ET por ussoccer.comFacebook and YouTube.

Únase con comentarista de FOX Sports Soccer JP Dellacamera y ex jugadores de la USMNT Frankie Hejduk y Heath Pearce para una previa especial del partido empezando a las 7:30 p.m. ET.

Miércoles, 29 de abril
Insiders Connect:
Esta semana la llamada de Insiders Connect para Premium Insiders empezara a la 1 p.m. ET con el gerente general de la USMNT Brian McBride y el director técnico Gregg Berhalter. La llamada sera presentada por miembro del salón de la fama nacional de soccer y presentador de Sirius XM Tony Meola. Standard Insiders recibirán una grabación de la llamada.

Jueves, 30 de abril
Seminario web con el departamento de alto rendimiento:
“Layering Data Sets and Building Visualizations” con el científico deportivo de la NWSL Julian Haigh explicara la necesidad y el propósito de colocar conjuntos de datos de diferentes fuentes para ayudar a tomar decisiones mas impactantes con los atletas y entrenadores. También llevara a cabo una demostración en vivo sobre como utilizar el programa para crear visualizaciones de datos integradas. Espacio en el seminario web es limitado y aquellos interesados deben reservar su lugar registrándose AQUÍ. El seminario web empezara a las 11 a.m. ET.

USMNT Trivia:
La edición de esta semana de USMNT Trivia probara cuantos aficionados pueden nombrar jugadores de la MNT que acumularon 25 o mas partidos jugados en la Premier League de Inglaterra.

Clásicos de la USWNT:
USA-Bélgica (Retransmisión del partido del 7 de abril, 2019) 8 p.m. ET. en ussoccer.comFacebook and YouTube.

Únase a nosotros a las 7:30 p.m. para una previa del partido que honró a la famosa Selección Nacional Femenina de 1999 con un tributo al medio tiempo.

Sábado, 2 de mayo
Clásicos de la Copa Abierta:
Mira otro partido famoso del Campeonato Nacional de Clubes de U.S. Soccer a las 8 p.m. ET en ussoccer.comFacebook y YouTube. Una previa especial del partido empezara a las 7:30 p.m.

Para darle energía a la campaña “BEND THE CURVE. STAY AT HOME.” U.S. Soccer compartirá gráficos y videos de jugadas destacadas de goles memorables y tiros libres en todas sus cuentas de redes sociales. La Federación también se asociará con personajes y organizaciones claves dentro de la comunidad del fútbol, incluyendo jugadores actuales y ex jugadores de Estados Unidos, para amplificar el mensaje y transmitir el significado real de la frase “Una Nación. Un Equipo.”

Se darán más detalles a medida que el programa continúe desarrollándose.

ussoccer.com

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Statue of late U.S. Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland unveiled in Hermann Park

Apr 27, 2020
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Alison Leland and two U.S. Congress members on Saturday unveiled a statue honoring the late Congressman Mickey Leland, a global humanitarian who devoted his life to helping others.

Click here for video of  Saturday’s dedication ceremony. Please courtesy the City of Houston Municipal Channel.

The speakers – including Congressman Leland’s widow, Alison, and U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green – mentioned the importance of recognizing him during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has created food insecurity in the country and also has highlighted the inequalities in the nation’s health care system, especially for the poor and people of color.

Congressman Leland, born Nov. 27, 1944, in Lubbock, and 15 others died in a plane crash on Aug. 7, 1989, while on a humanitarian mission to Fugnido, Ethiopia. He served six terms in Congress and six years as a Texas state legislator. He focused his political career on issues such as health and hunger. 
  
Saturday’s ceremony was held in front of the statue that was installed Thursday in Hermann Park on the west plaza of Miller Outdoor Theatre. The project was a partnership between Harris County Precinct One, City of Houston and its Parks and Recreation Department, and Houston First.

The project to erect the statue started in December 2018 when Harris County Commissioners Court, at the request of Commissioner Ellis, approved the sculpture’s creation. In April 2019, Commissioners Court approved a contract with artist Edward “Ed” Joseph Dwight Jr. to create the statue.

Dwight is a groundbreaking African American sculptor and artist.  He was also a test pilot in the Air Force and engineer. He made history when he was selected by the Kennedy administration to be the first African American astronaut trainee.
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Mayor Turner joins local celebrities to launch the Mask Up! campaign and announce mask distribution sites

Apr 27, 2020
Mayor Turner joins local celebrities to launch the Mask Up! campaign and announce mask distribution sites 


HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner this week announced MASK UP!, a grassroots public health information campaign to encourage Houstonians to safeguard themselves from potential exposure to COVID-19. (mask distribution sites listed below)

The mayor, along with the Mayor’s Health Equity Response (HER) Task Force, recruited some of Houston’s top celebrities to serve as campaign ambassadors to help spread the  message.

Olympic gold medalist and world champion gymnast Simone Biles, Major League Baseball World Series Champion Carols Correa, and Houston rapper – the Boss of All Bosses – Slim Thug are doing their part to educate Houstonians on why face masks and social distancing are crucial in the fight against COVID-19



The public health campaign will focus primarily on the Complete Communities and other “at-risk” neighborhoods with large percentages of residents living with health conditions that make them vulnerable to contracting the virus. 
 Each Houston Council Member received surgical masks to distribute to their most at-risk constituents. The masks will be distributed while supplies last.
 Saturday, April 25

District D Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
11 a.m. Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
9314 Cullen Blvd.

District F City Council member Tiffany Thomas 
4 p.m. Crump Stadium located in Alief ISD. 
12321 High Star Dr 

District I City Council Member Robert Gallegos 
9 – 11 a.m. Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church
1401 Fidelity

Monday, April 27

District A Council Member Amy Peck 
9  – 10 a.m.(all locations) *Locations will be drive up only. 
Carverdale Community Center
9920 Porto Rico Road

Freed Park Community Center
6186 Shadyvilla Lane
 
White Oak Conference Center
7603 Antoine Drive
 
District D Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
11 a.m. Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church
7817 Calhoun Rd.

District I Council Member Robert Gallegos
8 a.m – 1 p.m. The Tejano Center
2950 Broadway

9 a.m. 3 30 p.m. Community Family Center  
7524 Avenue E

Tuesday, April 28  

District K Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum
9 a.m. Fountain of Life Center
14065 Main St.

District J Council Member Edward Pollard 
10 a.m. Plaza Americas Mall
7500 Bellaire BlvdNot sure which council member represents you? Find out here: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html
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HOUSTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPANDING NURSING HOME COVID-19 OUTREACH

Apr 27, 2020
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is expanding its efforts to protect nursing homes, assisted living centers and similar facilities against COVID-19.

The health department is visiting more than 300 such facilities in Houston to provide comprehensive education and technical assistance. The department trained 20 Houston Fire Department firefighters to assist with the visits.

“Although COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus that can affect anyone, we know older adults and people with underlying medical conditions experience the worst outcomes, including death,” said Dr. David Persse, local health authority for the Houston Health Department. 

The visits include an assessment tool focusing on resident and employee screening and monitoring, personal protective equipment, infection control, environmental cleaning and education.

The plan is the latest step in the health department’s ongoing outreach for the facilities. The department previously collaborated with the SouthEast Regional Advisory Council (SERAC) on a webinar, completed telephone assessments with nursing homes, and provides additional guidance upon request.

As of April 20, there were 11 Houston nursing homes and assisted living centers with more than one COVID-19 case and seven facilities with one case each.
 
When there is a COVID-19 case at such a facility, the Houston Health Department also provides CDC guidance on communicating to residents, friends, families and volunteers.
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UFC Announces Trio of Events

Apr 27, 2020

UFC® RETURNS TO ACTION WITH STACKED CARD HEADLINED BY INTERIM LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

OCTAGON MAKES FIRST-EVER APPEARANCE IN JACKSONVILLE WITH A TRIO OF EVENTS AT

VYSTAR VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA

FEATURED BOUTS:

(#1) TONY FERGUSON vs. (#4) JUSTIN GAETHJE

(C) HENRY CEJUDO vs. DOMINICK CRUZ

Las Vegas – UFC® returns with one of the most stacked cards in recent history, set to be headlined by a bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks as No. 1 ranked lightweight contender Tony Ferguson and No. 4 ranked Justin Gaethje battle for the interim championship. In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo intends to prove that he is the greatest UFC bantamweight champion of all time as he looks to defeat multiple-time title holder Dominick Cruz. This will be the first of three events taking place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9, 13 and 16 respectively, future cards will be announced at a later date. These events will be closed to the public and will be produced with only essential personnel in attendance.

UFC 249: FERGUSON vs. GAETHJE will take place Saturday, May 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. All prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET with the UFC Fight Pass prelims. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPN & ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET and the ESPN+ Pay-Per-View main card will kick off at 10 p.m. ET.

“I can’t wait to deliver some great fights for the fans, “said UFC President Dana White. “I want to give a big thanks to Mayor Curry, VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and Florida State Boxing Commission Executive Director Patrick Cunningham for getting this thing done and giving us a venue to put on these incredible cards, as well our media partners including ESPN and ESPN+, for bringing it to fans. My team is ready to go and the fighters are excited to get back in there with these back-to-back events.”

“As we move step-by-step on the path toward economic recovery, we are proud to host these UFC events at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “The UFC organization is a renowned entertainment brand that’s presented a safe and sensible plan to use this Jacksonville location, and we are thrilled to have our city highlighted nationally on ESPN and ESPN+. With Jacksonville continuing to outpace other cities and regions, we are excited to continue to lead as host to these world-class, international sports entertainment organizations.”

“Florida’s State Commission and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation have been in continued coordination with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to identify options for bringing the UFC to Florida for upcoming events,” said Florida State Boxing Commission Executive Director, Patrick Cunningham. “Florida welcomes the UFC to the Sunshine State, and our commission stands ready to sanction the events to be held on May 9, 13 and 16. Health and safety protocols will be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all individuals who are helping to make these events possible.  With this triple date feature of UFC events coming in May, Florida is continuing to build a strong collaboration with UFC that sets the foundation for more opportunities that we hope UFC will choose to host in our state in the months to come.”

One of the most exciting and unpredictable athletes on the roster, Ferguson (26-3, fighting out of Orange County, Calif.) is on the verge of becoming the first two-time interim lightweight champion in UFC history. Currently on an incredible 12-fight winning streak, Ferguson has defeated the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Rafael Dos Anjos. He now looks to notch his record-setting 13th win in a row and raise UFC gold once again.

Known for his unrelenting fight style, Gaethje (21-2, fighting out of Arvada, Colo.) has earned a post-fight bonus in every single one of his UFC bouts. One of the best knockout artists in the division’s history, Gaethje has earned stoppage wins over Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza and James Vick. He now looks to secure another iconic finish and earn his first UFC championship.

Cejudo (15-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) is one of only four athletes in UFC history to hold two championships at the same time. To accomplish this feat, he netted impressive victories Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw and Marlon Moraes. After recently relinquishing the flyweight belt, Cejudo now plans to reassert his dominance over the bantamweight division by taking out one of its greatest champions.

Returning to action for the first time in three years, Cruz (22-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) intends to prove that he is still the best bantamweight in the world. A former UFC and WEC champion, Cruz holds wins over Urijah Faber, TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He now looks to be the first person to defeat Cejudo at 135-pounds and regain his lost crown.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • No. 2 ranked heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou (14-3, fighting out of Paris, France by way of Batie, Cameroon) meets No. 6 Jairzinho Rozenstruik (10-0, fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname) in a battle of KO artists
  • In a clash of featherweight contenders, No. 7 ranked Jeremy Stephens (28-17, 1 NC, fighting out of San Diego California by way of Des Moines, Iowa) takes on No. 9 Calvin Kattar (20-4, fighting out of Methuen, Massachusetts)
  • Fan favorites meet, as Donald Cerrone (36-14, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) takes on Anthony Pettis (22-10, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) in a welterweight bout
  • Greg Hardy (6-2, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida) squares off with undefeated Yorgan De Castro (5-0, fighting out of Fall River, Massachusetts by way of Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde) in an exciting heavyweight bout
  • Heavyweight grapplers look to make a statement as Aleksei Oleinik (58-13, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) welcomes back former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum (23-7, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Ryan Spann (17-5, fighting out of Beaumont, Texas) aims to continue his momentum against crafty veteran Sam Alvey (33-13, 1NC, fighting out of Temecula, California)
  • Former UFC women’s strawweight champion and No. 7 ranked Carla Esparza (16-6, fighting out of Irvine, Calif.) takes on No. 8 Michelle Waterson (17-7, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Uriah Hall (16-9, fighting out of Queens, New York) goes for his third straight win against decorated grappler Jacare Souza (26-8, 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Welterweight finishers collide when No. 13 ranked contender Vicente Luque (17-7-1, fighting out of Westwood, New Jersey by way of Brasilia, Brazil) faces Niko Price (14-3, 1NC, fighting out of Cape Coral, Florida)
  • Exciting featherweight grapplers go to war as Bryce Mitchell (12-1, fighting out of Sherwood, Ark.) meets Charles Rosa (12-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)

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Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities Launches Food Access Program Program aims to benefit 500 households

Apr 23, 2020
HOUSTON – In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has launched a food access program for people with disabilities. This program will deliver shelf-stable goods, fresh produce, as well as some basic home necessities for people with disabilities who are finding it difficult to independently secure these items.
 
“We understand that across our city there are food insecurities,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am proud that my office for people with disabilities has set up a program to ensure that Houstonians with disabilities are not left behind during these trying times. I am also grateful for the generous contributions of Walmart, Sam’s Club, the Houston Food Bank, and Metro. Without their support, this program would not be possible.”


 
“The COVID-19 emergency has disrupted everyone’s daily living routines,” said Gabe Cazares, Director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. “This is especially true for people with disabilities who are facing additional barriers in our every-day activities. I am proud of our partnerships with major retailers and nonprofits in Houston who have made this initial food drop possible. And we welcome the participation of additional corporate and nonprofit partners to assist us in continuing this program for our disability community.”
 
To learn more about thee MOPD Food Access Program, including ways to contribute, please visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities or call 832-394-0814.
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