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OFA Winter 2024

21 Feb, 24

In this issue, you can read about our work to protect reproductive freedom, education, and voting rights, new parks and trails in Precinct One, and more.
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Early Voting Starts Feb. 20

20 Feb, 24

Don’t wait, be a voter today. Early voting begins Feb. 20 for the Mar. 5 primaries. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Early Vote except for Feb. 25, when polls will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. After the early voting period ends on Mar. 1, polls will reopen on Election Day — Tuesday, Mar. 5.
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Issueletter

One week. Three Shootings. Zero Action on Gun Violence.

16 Feb, 24

Until our state leaders act, these events will happen again and again.

Despite state and federal inaction, we are taking bold action on gun violence at the local level with strategic and comprehensive approaches to advance community safety.
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Issueletter

Check your voter registration TODAY + plan on attending an upcoming info session

05 Feb, 24

TODAY is the last day to register for the upcoming primary election. We encourage everyone to take a moment today to check your voter registration status. If you’re already registered and have questions about the upcoming election, the Harris County Clerk’s Office Elections Department is hosting a voter education workshop Thursday, Feb. 8.
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A call to fix our utterly broken indigent defense system

02 Feb, 24

Due process and the right to counsel are promised to all people regardless of how much money they have or whether they can afford an attorney. We are working so that Harris County lives up to that promise.
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Issueletter

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Parks Board Move Forward on $28.3 Million New Regional Park: Hill at Sims

30 Jan, 24

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the last major piece of funding for Hill at Sims, a new regional park in the Sunnyside area of Houston initiated by the office of Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.
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Commissioner Ellis Announces that Over 50,000 People Have Applied for Uplift Harris about a Week after Guaranteed Income Program Began

23 Jan, 24

A total of 59,431 households have applied for Uplift Harris within the first seven days since the guaranteed income program kicked off on Jan. 12, with 46,230 of the applications completed.
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Honoring Dr. King's Legacy

15 Jan, 24

Dr. King’s visionary call for economic justice, fair housing, and anti-poverty programs marked a significant turning point in the civil rights movement. In Harris County, we will continue to fight to ensure every family has access to resources and the opportunities they need to thrive.
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A bright spot in our fight against climate change

05 Jan, 24

Inspired by Harris County’s Climate Action Plan, our Precinct One team decided to scale back mowing a nondescript swath of land rarely seen by the public that is attached to parkland off Almeda School Road. Starting in March 2023, we turned off the gas-guzzling mowers to reduce emissions. And what happened next is nothing short of remarkable.
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Issueletter

A direct affront to our values as a county.

20 Dec, 23

I write to you today with deep concern and outrage over the passage of Senate Bill 4 (SB4), anti-immigrant legislation set to go into effect on February 6th, 2024. This bill not only constitutes an extreme case of state overreach but is a direct affront to our values as a county.
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Harris County Commissioners Court Adds $4M to County’s Eviction Legal Aid Program

19 Dec, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved investing an additional $4 million for the Housing and Legal Services Fund Program that helps prevent people from being evicted from their homes. The additional funds will bring the total to $9 million the county has invested in the program since 2021.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Congressman Green to Announce $12M Federal Grant that will Defray Cost of Improving County’s Institute of Forensic Sciences DNA Labs

18 Dec, 23

Renovations will Make County’s Justice System Fairer for all Involved from Victims to Those Awaiting Their Day in Court.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Houston Mayor Turner will Co-Host ‘Love Our Parks Fest’ at Lincoln Park to Highlight Park Improvements and Give Away Bikes and Toys to Children

17 Dec, 23

Park and Community Center Provide Recreational, Educational, Social Services for Youth and Adults to Enhance Quality of Life in Acres Homes
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Commissioner Ellis, Judge Hidalgo, Others to Announce a Harris County Resolution to Apologize to Families of Camp Logan Soldiers who were ‘Killed, Beaten, Harassed and Unfairly Convicted’

05 Dec, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and others will announce that Commissioners Court will vote on a resolution that apologizes to the families of African American soldiers who were killed, beaten, and unjustly convicted during the 1917 Camp Logan Riot in Houston. The resolution, which Commissioner Ellis will present, states: “Harris County Commissioners Court apologizes to the families of all the soldiers who were killed, beaten, harassed, unfairly convicted, and denied their rights to due process and equal protection under the law while serving our country in Harris County.” The Camp Logan Riots took place in the summer of 1917 and involved the all-Black 3rd Battalion of the 24th Infantry Regiment, which was deployed in Houston to guard the construction of the Camp Logan training site, located in what is today Memorial Park.
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Commissioner Ellis’s Statement on Dedication of Barbara Jordan Plaza at Former Post Office that was Named in her Honor

01 Dec, 23

“It’s hard not to feel nostalgic when I think about Barbara Jordan, who was such an inspiration to so many of us, including my former boss and mentor, the late Congressman Mickey Leland, who led the effort to rename the Franklin Post Office after Congresswoman Jordan in 1984. It was a fitting tribute because this post office was a place that helped thousands of Houstonians every single day.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Flood Control District Executive Director Petersen, Others will Announce Native Seed Mix that Produces Grasses and Flowers that Reduce Storm Damage and Environmental Impacts for 13-County Region

29 Nov, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Flood Control District Executive Director Tina Petersen, agricultural scientists and seed experts will announce the Southeast Texas Native Seed Mix (SET NSM) program near a stormwater detention basin that potentially will be a test site for the native grasses and flowers. Experts will discuss seed access and applicability and will detail the benefits to environmental sustainability, storm and drought resilience, public health and the economy. The Regional Access to Native Seed Mix (RANSM) Coalition consists of elected officials, business and economic development leaders, large-parcel commercial landowners, governmental entities, public health authorities, statewide native seed growers, Texas Native Seeds Program and Natural Resources Conservation Service-Texas (NRCS-Texas).
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Low Turnout Alert! Flip the Script, Houston – Vote Early!

27 Nov, 23

Now, through Dec. 5, those registered to vote within the legal boundaries of the City of Houston can vote early in a joint runoff election that will decide the following positions: Mayor of Houston, Controller, District D, G, and H City Council positions, At-Large 1, 2, 3, and 4 City Council positions.
Please make a plan to vote in the runoff, and forward this email to a friend, family member, or neighbor and encourage them to seize the opportunity to shape our city’s future.

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Issueletter

Hunger, housing, and a good friend’s legacy

23 Nov, 23

While Mickey may be gone, his legacy lives on through our work. In Harris County, we are delivering hope through transformative investments in hunger and housing.
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Issueletter

Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Health Experts will Provide Update on Year-Old Hospital-linked Violence Interruption Program

20 Nov, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Dr. Shiree A. Berry with HCA Houston Healthcare and Harris County Public Health Executive Director Barbie Robinson will provide an update on the success of the Hospital-linked Violence Interruption Program. Also, there will be a personal success story of a program participant. The program, started last year, is designed to help reduce gun violence in at-risk communities in Harris County.
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Commissioner Ellis Leads Commissioners Court’s Approval of Resolution Supporting Equitable Funding for Universities Serving Black and Brown Students

14 Nov, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a resolution by Commissioner Rodney Ellis calling for the State of Texas to take immediate action to rectify the funding disparities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and higher education institutions serving Latinos.
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Empowering Harris County: $6 Million Reproductive Healthcare Access Fund

08 Nov, 23

This week, Harris County Public Health is wrapping up its application window for eligible organizations, seeking those with a history of serving vulnerable populations and the ability to increase access, education, and awareness about reproductive health services in our communities.
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Commissioner Ellis’s Statement on Diana Ramirez’s Appointment to County Administrator

31 Oct, 23

“Harris County made history today by appointing the immensely qualified Diana Ramirez as Harris County Administrator. Ramirez did an excellent job as interim County Administrator and I know she will continue using her 30-plus years of government experience to help Harris County improve the quality of life for all residents. We look forward to her continued leadership that will build on the progress made by her predecessor Dave Berry, the first County Administrator.”
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Commissioner Ellis Voted to Invest Over $25M in ARPA Funds to Help Develop 5 Multifamily Rental Properties

31 Oct, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved over $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help finance the development of five multifamily rental properties that will add several hundred units to the affordable housing supply throughout the county.
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Request for Applications: Youth Sports Leagues in Multiple Public Parks

30 Oct, 23

Harris County Precinct One is inviting applications from qualified youth sports leagues to operate within multiple public parks within our jurisdiction.
​Apply by 4:00 PM (CDT) – November 13, 2023.
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Assistance fund helps domestic violence survivors where they are

26 Oct, 23

Last year, Harris County launched the Domestic Violence Assistance Fund to make sure survivors and their families could access resources all across the region through multiple agencies. Thanks to the Fund, which is administered by the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (HCDVCC), 19 community-based agencies now have a seat at the table. They range from longstanding local advocates like the Houston Area Women’s Center and Catholic Charities to small-but-mighty community partners serving specific neighborhoods and communities.
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Issueletter

Learning and earning: Putting workers on a path to prosperity

24 Oct, 23

I had the honor of attending a graduation ceremony for exceptional young people who completed Harris County’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program. This program puts these individuals on a path to success, helping them develop interview skills and test-taking strategies as they consider various crafts and trades, such as construction, HVAC, and electrical work. By the end of the program, they are confident in their abilities and direction. This leads to higher retention rates as they embark on 3- to 5-year apprenticeships.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis, County Attorney Menefee, Other Politicians, Health Officials to Ask Community to Oppose Concrete Crushing Plant Proposed Near LBJ Hospital

05 Oct, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Attorney Christian Menefee, state and federal elected officials, and healthcare leaders will ask northeast Houston residents to oppose a company’s pending state permit to build a concrete crushing facility near Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital.
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We Will Not Let Them Rewrite History

04 Oct, 23

At our last Commissioners Court meeting, we officially designated our Harris County Public Library (HCPL) system as a "book sanctuary." This declaration signifies our unwavering dedication to providing a safe and inclusive space where every voice is heard, every story is valued, and every idea is respected. As we celebrate Banned Book Week, let us pledge to continue the fight against those who seek to write us out of history, censor the stories that have shaped us, and limit our access to the rich tapestry of human experiences.
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Commissioner Ellis, County Library Director Melton to Announce Most Texas ‘Banned Books’ Are Available in County Libraries

02 Oct, 23

During Banned Books Week, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Public Library (HCPL) Director Edward Melton will discuss HCPL’s status as a “Book Sanctuary” and inform the public that a vast majority of Texas’ “banned books” are available for checkout at library branches.
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Commissioner Ellis’s Statement on County Judge Hidalgo Returning to Work after Leave of Absence

02 Oct, 23

I am excited to welcome Judge Lina Hidalgo back where she belongs, at the helm of our nation’s fourth-largest county.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Statement on the Kickoff of the $7.2 M Redevelopment Project for the Knowles-Rowland House

22 Sep, 23

I was proud to help spearhead a $7.2 million commitment of American Rescue Plan Act dollars to support the Knowles-Rowland House, which will provide 31 permanent supportive housing development units at the St. John’s Downtown campus. This project will move Harris County closer to realizing its vision for a vibrant, inclusive region where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and a place to call home.
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Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Public Health to Host Violence Prevention News Conference on September 20

20 Sep, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Executive Director Barbie Robinson, and Dr. Chico Tillmon will provide an overview of national and local gun violence trends and updates on Harris County’s programs to curb gun violence. In addition, Dr. Tillmon will discuss his documentary, "The Credible Messenger,” which follows his own journey to understand why some people are at high risk of violence.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Statement on the Passage of the Harris County FY24 Budget

19 Sep, 23

While this budget is a step in the right direction, significant unmet needs and challenges persist. We remain committed to budget priorities that expand access to opportunity, advance justice, and make our communities stronger and safer.
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Overcoming Obstacles to Build a Brighter Future

19 Sep, 23

The budget we've adopted for 2024 aims to sustain or expand services and builds a future in which communities are safer, healthier, and better protected from flooding and climate change. It represents a set of investments in a more just legal system, expanded access to health care, housing, and jobs, and the advancement of fair and free elections. With today’s vote, this vision comes closer to fruition despite Austin politicians' efforts to kneecap local control and restrict our ability to invest in our communities.
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Issueletter

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

15 Sep, 23

During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, organizations, mental health advocates, health care professionals, and communities come together to educate the public about suicide risk factors, warning signs, available resources, and the importance of seeking help for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health challenges.
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Issueletter

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Others will Unveil ‘Freedom’ Marker to Honor a Man who Escaped Slavery on Sept. 13, 1864

13 Sep, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and others will announce a freedom marker to honor “Ben,” who escaped slavery on Sept. 13, 1864. The event takes place during International Underground Railroad Month, which is recognized in September because well-known freedom seekers and Underground Railroad operatives, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, escaped from slavery in that month. Philanthropist William O. Perkins III, who donated the Ben marker, initiated the Freedom Marker project that resulted in a searchable database of more than 10,000 enslaved people who sought their freedom by running away.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’s Statement on Barbers Hill High School Punishing Black Student for his Hairstyle

08 Sep, 23

“I am infuriated to witness the continued discrimination against Black students at nearby Barbers Hill High School. Just seven days after the Texas CROWN Act became the law of the land, Barbers Hill ISD leaders are shamefully persisting in their crusade against students of color..."
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Let’s recommit to the fight for working people

04 Sep, 23

This Labor Day, we must reflect on the enduring legacy of working people and labor unions in shaping the fundamental rights and freedoms we enjoy today and unite in solidarity and keep pushing to give working people the respect and opportunities they deserve. In Harris County, we are working in that spirit year-round. My office is proud to work on the following programs that aim to build a more inclusive economy that works for everyone.
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Issueletter

Capitol Recap

31 Aug, 23

Hundreds of bills go into effect Sept. 1, extending the state’s reach and undermining the will of the people.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Rodney Ellis’s Statement on Commissioners Court’s Forced Elimination of Election Administrator’s Office Because of SB 1750

29 Aug, 23

Today, the Harris County Commissioners Court is forced to take action to comply with Senate Bill 1750, a new state law that forces Harris County, and only Harris County, to eliminate the position of elections administrator and revert election duties to a bifurcated system, where the Tax Assessor-Collector maintains voter registration and the County Clerk administers elections.
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Defending the Dream: 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington

28 Aug, 23

Today, we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a day that still echoes through our collective consciousness. Sixty years later, in our own Harris County, economic disparities cast shadows over the lives of countless families. Guided by this urgency, I was proud to announce Harris PROSPERS.
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Hurricane Harvey 6 Year Anniversary

25 Aug, 23

For the poorest neighborhoods, Harvey is not a distant memory. Its effects are still experienced, even six years later. We are continuing to fight for our fair share and doing everything we can to meet the needs of our region. We’re committed to ensuring every community has the flood protection it needs and deserves.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis Disappointed Texas Supreme Court reversed Lower Court’s Ruling to Temporarily Prevent the State from Enacting Law Targeting Harris County Elections

22 Aug, 23

Democracy in Harris County and the State of Texas took another blow today with the Texas Supreme Court ruling that allows the Legislature to target Harris County and exercise unprecedented control over our elections.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis Applauds Court’s Decision to Temporarily Prevent the State from Enacting Law Targeting Harris County Elections

15 Aug, 23

“I applaud today’s court ruling temporarily blocking SB 1750 from taking effect. The legislation targeting Harris County elections undermines the will of the people..."
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Announcing Harris PROSPERS

11 Aug, 23

It’s possible to bridge the economic divide, prosper together as neighbors and equals, and live in a society where all people benefit from economic stability, fair opportunity, and shared prosperity. Visit harrisprospers.com to learn more about initiatives, policies, and programs the county is working on to create a prosperous, thriving Harris County.
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Issueletter

Tax-Free Weekend and Back-to-School Resources

10 Aug, 23

In the next few weeks, more than 1 million students in the Houston region will return to school. During the 2023 sales tax holiday, Friday, August 11, to Sunday, August 13, you can shop tax-free for most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (sold for less than $100). I also encourage participation in school supply drives and other resources to prepare for the new year.
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Commissioners Ellis, Briones, Others to Unveil Harris PROSPERS, a Set of Investments to Create Good-paying Jobs, Stability for Families

10 Aug, 23

Alignment of programs, initiatives supports workforce development and safety, MWBE, living wages, nutrition, housing, and childcare
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Defending Democracy in Texas and Beyond

07 Aug, 23

Yesterday marked the 58th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. We must advocate for revitalizing and strengthening the Voting Rights Act to ensure that it serves as an impenetrable shield against any attempts to suppress the will of the people.
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Issueletter

HISD students deserve better

02 Aug, 23

The decision by Houston ISD’s state-appointed superintendent to remove libraries from already under-resourced schools pulls up the ladder for communities of color, condemning children to routinized surveillance that sends a message: you don’t belong.
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Issueletter

Beat the Heat: Take precautions to stay safe in hot weather

01 Aug, 23

It’s not your imagination – summers are getting longer. Triple-digit heat is arriving earlier each year. Weather is less predictable. There’s no denying climate change has altered the everyday reality of communities not just in Harris County but across the globe.
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Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on HISD’s Plan to Remove Some Schools’ Libraries

28 Jul, 23

"I am outraged by the actions of the state-appointed HISD superintendent to eliminate school libraries and turn them into what are functionally detention centers..."
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BIPOC Mental Health Month

27 Jul, 23

Access to mental healthcare is an ongoing concern in all our communities, particularly those that have experienced discrimination, trauma, and displacement. This July, during BIPOC Mental Health Month, we highlight our commitment to improving access to mental health care and wellness in communities of color.
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Find a Cooling Center Near You

19 Jul, 23

To beat the heat and stay safe in the sun, we have resources to share from our partners at Harris County Public Health to avoid heat-related illness.
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One For All Newsletter: Summer 2023

13 Jul, 23

In this issue, you can read about the Harris PROSPERS program, the programs and services that our Community Centers have to offer, and hurricane preparedness.
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Former Houston Rocket Calvin Murphy will Conduct Basketball Clinic Before 225 Boys and Girls Compete in 2-Day Street Olympics Basketball Tournament

13 Jul, 23

3-on-3 Basketball Championship Tournament Designed to Instill Teamwork, Leadership and Confidence
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The Knowles-Rowland House

05 Jul, 23

Housing is a Human Right.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis Thanks Residents and Organizers Whose Voices Led to Commissioners Court adding $7.7M to County’s Buyout Program for Flood Victims

29 Jun, 23

Funds will Provide More Money for Relocation and Benefit for Undocumented Families
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Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Bar Race-Based Admissions to Colleges

29 Jun, 23

Today's Supreme Court decision to overturn affirmative action in college admissions is a profound setback for our nation and the pursuit of equality and justice.
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54 Years After Stonewall, the Fight Continues

28 Jun, 23

We can’t talk about Pride without talking about the increasing attacks on the LGBTQIA+ community in Texas and around the country.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Congresswoman Fletcher, Other Local and State Officials to Announce Funding for Poor Farm Ditch

28 Jun, 23

Man-made Channel Carries Stormwater from West University Place and Southside Place to Brays Bayou
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Commissioner Ellis to Propose $7.7M Increase in County’s Buyout Program for Flood Victims

27 Jun, 23

Funds would Provide More Money for Relocation and Benefit for Undocumented Families
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About 30 Youth Athletes, Commissioner Ellis, Street Olympics Board Members will Kick Off the Summer Games with Demonstrations of Basketball Dribble, Football Accuracy, Hula Hoop, Jump Rope

21 Jun, 23

‘Street Games’ Competition gives underserved communities equitable access to quality recreation and enrichment programs
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Freedom is not a State; it is an Act.

19 Jun, 23

Juneteenth is a day in which we acknowledge and reflect on the horrific legacy of slavery while honoring those enslaved people who fought for freedom. It is also a day when we renew our vows to live freely and to fight the forces that seek to dismantle our hard-fought wins.

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Issueletter

It Takes a Village

16 Jun, 23

Early REACH (Raising Educational Access for Children in Harris County) will help low-income parents of up to 800 infants and toddlers access the high-quality care they desperately need.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will Hold Media Availability after Historic Emancipation Trail Bike Ride to Commemorate Juneteenth

11 Jun, 23

60-Mile Ride Starts in Galveston and Ends at Houston’s Emancipation Park, with Stops at Historic Sites
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We just made history: Uplift Harris

08 Jun, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court voted to fund and implement Uplift Harris, a guaranteed income pilot program that will help families rise above poverty and strengthen all of Harris County.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, County Judge Hidalgo to Introduce Uplift Harris, an ARPA-Funded Guaranteed Income Program

05 Jun, 23

$20.5M Investment is Part of County’s Broader Strategy to Address Region’s Economic Inequality and Reduce Poverty
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Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Will Join Art Community and Downtown Houston Officials in Unveiling Murals

27 May, 23

New Murals Bring Total to More than 2 Dozen Pieces of Art on Downtown Buildings that are Part of Big Art. Bigger Change
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George Floyd’s Legacy

25 May, 23

Three years after the murder of George Floyd, we should feel more distance between the America that allowed this to happen and the America we are today. But we don’t.
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Issueletter

Join us in promoting Mental Health Awareness Month this May

24 May, 23

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when we come together to bring attention to emotional wellness and the importance of seeking support when we need it.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis Applauds Expansion of Holistic Assistance Response Team, a Behavioral Health First Responder Program that Exceeded Year 1 Goals and Freed Up Over 1,500 Deputy Hours

17 May, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to expand the Holistic Assistance Response Team (HART), a program that was piloted last year by Harris County Public Health in collaboration with the Harris County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO).
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I Stand with Trans Kids

16 May, 23

During this session, unlike any session before it, trans kids need to see our support at the Capitol and across the state.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis Condemns Legislation Targeting Texas Working Families

16 May, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on Tuesday condemned further efforts by Texas leadership to overturn tremendous progress for Harris County’s working families. He denounced House Bill 2127, which was passed by both chambers of the Texas Legislature, that would “preempt” progressive and innovative local policies to ensure hard working Texans are adequately compensated and recognized for their role in driving the state’s economy.
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Two mass shootings. Thirteen people killed. Zero Action.

10 May, 23

They’re more concerned with culture wars than weapons of war.

We’re doing what we can to make our communities safe and healthy at the local level through smart strategic, and substantial investments in public safety.
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Texas to Tennessee… Defending Democracy

27 Apr, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court proudly passed a resolution supporting the Tennessee state representatives who were under attack this month.
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Issueletter

Commissioners Court Approves Updated Community Benefit Guidelines for Granting Tax Abatements

25 Apr, 23

Proposal Seeks to Improve Workers’ Wages, Local and Fair Hiring Practices, and Clean Energy Innovation
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Earth Day 2023

21 Apr, 23

Harris County took a critical step in the global fight against climate change by adopting the County’s internal Climate Justice Action Plan.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Hester House Officials to Celebrate Historic Community Center’s 80th Anniversary of Providing Programs and Social Services to Fifth Ward Residents

13 Apr, 23

Celebration includes Unveiling a Replica of a Late John Biggers Mural Recently Painted on Hester House’s Wellness Center
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Housing is a Human Right

11 Apr, 23

We are working to right historical wrongs and take meaningful action to address our region’s housing crisis so that every family has a safe, stable place to call home.
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Issueletter

From Tennessee to Texas, They Want to Silence Us

10 Apr, 23

We won’t be silenced. The stakes are too high to stay on the sidelines as public education and democracy in Texas hang in the balance.
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Issueletter

Harris County Commissioners Ellis, Briones, Health Department Executive Director Barbie Robinson to Announce Maternal & Child Health Conference to be Held During Black Maternal Health Week

10 Apr, 23

Experts at 2-Day Health Conference will Analyze the Disparities that Birthing Persons Encounter from Gestation to First 2 Years after Childbirth
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Honoring Dr. King's life and legacy

08 Apr, 23

This week marks 55 years since the tragic day that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His assassination unleashed a clarion cry for justice and spurred the passage of the Fair Housing Act, which aimed to end housing segregation. It was the last landmark legislation out of the civil rights movement.
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Issueletter

During National Fair Housing Month, Commissioner Ellis announces $15M investment in affordable, safe, healthy housing

04 Apr, 23

At the start of National Fair Housing Month, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on Tuesday strongly advocated for Commissioners Court’s approval of a $15 million investment in federal funds for county officials to purchase over 100 single-family homes for affordable housing. Many of these homes will go into the County’s Community Land Trust for long-term affordability.
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Trans Day of Visibility

31 Mar, 23

Here in Harris County, we will continue to fight for the rights of trans people and all our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors.
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Issueletter

The 60th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

20 Mar, 23

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The Hostile Takeover of HISD

16 Mar, 23

This politically motivated takeover disregards what is best for Houston ISD students, violates community trust, and undermines effective local control.
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Issueletter

Commissioner Ellis’ Comment on TEA Taking Control of HISD

16 Mar, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on Wednesday released the following statement on takeover of HISD by Texas Education Agency:

"I’m outraged by the state takeover of Houston ISD—the largest and most diverse school district in the state. This is a brazen power grab rooted in a dangerous ideology that threatens public education, local control and democracy in Texas."
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Commissioners Court Approves Commissioners Ellis and Briones Holistic Public Safety Investments to Make Communities Safer and Provide Justice for All

14 Mar, 23

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved Commissioners Rodney Ellis’ and Leslie Briones’ holistic public safety investments package that includes a resolution supporting creation of new district courts, expansion of the public defender system’s capacity to up to 50% of indigent defense cases and scaling up successful health-based alternative programs.
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In the Wake of Roe v. Wade being Overturned, Harris County Commissioner Ellis, County Judge Hidalgo, Health-Care Experts will Announce $6M Reproductive Healthcare Access Fund

13 Mar, 23

This Money will Help People Get Contraception and Screenings at Clinics Operated by Harris County and Other Providers
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Mediaadvisory

Commissioner Ellis, Rep. Jackson Lee, Others to Cut Ribbon on Recently Completed Almeda Road Trail

02 Mar, 23

Just in Time for the Rodeo, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Others to Cut Ribbon on Recently Completed Almeda Road Trail – a Shared Space for People Walking, Biking and Rolling
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We’re on the menu

28 Feb, 23

Despite the opposition of constituents, civil rights organizations, and legislators of color, state leaders are calling for an end to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs at state agencies and public universities.
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Issueletter

One For All Newsletter: February 2023

28 Feb, 23

In this issue, you can read about County leadership's progress and vision in 2023, our commitment to safe and healthy communities, and the programs and services that our Community Centers have to offer.
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Harris County Officials to Announce New Violence Prevention Partnership with Ben Taub Hospital

22 Feb, 23

Harris County Officials to Announce New Hospital-Based Program that Aims to Stop the Cycle of Violence
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Commissioner Ellis, County Judge Hidalgo, Labor Leaders to Announce Commissioners Court Will Vote on Apprenticeship Advantage Program

21 Feb, 23

Commissioners Court will vote on a partnership between county and labor-managed apprenticeship programs that will train workers and create career pipelines that connect people to in-demand jobs that offer strong wages and benefits.
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Commissioners Court Unanimously Approves Apprenticeship Advantage Program

21 Feb, 23

Partnership between county and labor-managed apprenticeship programs will train workers and create career pipelines that connect people to in-demand jobs that offer strong wages and benefits
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Commissioner Ellis Supports Harris County Public Library’s Move to Permanently Halt Late Fees

21 Feb, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis supports Harris County Public Library’s (HCPL’s) decision to permanently discontinue assessing late fees for customers who return items after the due date.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Update on Gun Buyback Gift Card Problems

18 Feb, 23

We've received confirmation from the vendor that the issue has been resolved and all gift cards are now working. Please reach out to our office if there are any other issues.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis Announces 793 Guns Received Today During Third Gun Buyback

18 Feb, 23

Houston-area residents turned in 793 guns on Saturday at the third Gun Buyback event conducted by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Sheriff Ed Gonzales and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in their efforts to reduce violent crime and make Houston-area communities safer.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Statement on McIngvale Filing Lawsuit Against County Elections Administrator’s Office

14 Feb, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis issued the following comment regarding lawsuit against the Elections Administrator’s office related to the November 2022 elections: "This is part of a national right-wing effort to undermine our democracy. Know that Harris County will fight back to protect your hard-earned voting rights.”
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Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, County Attorney Christian Menefee, UH-D President Loren Blanchard, Art Community to Unveil 2 Remembrance Murals during Black History Month

10 Feb, 23

To celebrate Black History Month, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, County Attorney Christian Menefee, University of Houston-Downtown President Loren Blanchard and art community leaders will unveil two murals in the downtown courthouse complex. The murals are inspired by Harris County’s planned Remembrance Park.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis Condemns Governor Abbott’s rejection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy in State Government

09 Feb, 23

Texas leaders must recognize that the strength of our state and the engine of our economy is our diversity. Actions that close doors and seek to alienate Texans from the halls of government harm all of us.”
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Justice for Tyre Nichols

27 Jan, 23

How do we seek justice for Tyre Nichols and protect others from brutality?
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Remembering Roe, Protecting Mothers

25 Jan, 23

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Commissioners Ellis, Garcia, Toll Road Authority Director Treviño Announce Toll Rate Reduction

24 Jan, 23

Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia on Tuesday joined Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Director Roberto Treviño in announcing the first-ever toll rate reduction that will save some customers money during this high inflation period.
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Maternal Health Continues to be an Urgent Crisis in Harris County

23 Jan, 23

January 23 is Maternal Health Awareness Day, a day in which Harris County Public Health (HCPH) highlights the urgent maternal and infant health crisis in the county and what Harris County is doing to combat that crisis.
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Commissioner Ellis, Worthing Early College High Officials to Unveil ‘Stop Gun Violence Mural’ at the Sunnyside School

21 Jan, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Worthing Early College High School officials on Saturday, Jan. 21 will unveil the “Stop Gun Violence Mural” at the school in Sunnyside as a call to action to stop the violence.
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Dr. King’s unfinished work is ours to complete

16 Jan, 23

We are tasked to defend what’s been won by those who fought and sacrificed before us while pushing forward toward freedom and equality for all.
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Commissioner Ellis, City of Houston, Art Community Unveil UN’s First Mankind Ecosystem Restoration Mural in U.S.

12 Jan, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, City of Houston officials, and the art community will unveil the United Nations first “Mankind Ecosystem Restoration Mural” to raise awareness and trigger action for environmental protection.
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Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on Ric Campo’s Reappointment to Chairman of Port Commission

09 Jan, 23

Led by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the city and county jointly reappointed Ric Campo to another term as chair of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Here’s Commissioner Ellis’ statement on the reappointment:
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Commissioners Ellis and Briones, County Attorney Menefee, Labor Leaders to Announce Expanded Worker Protections Policy

09 Jan, 23

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, other county leaders and labor representatives on Monday, Jan. 9 will announce an expanded Worker Protections policy that Commissioners Court will vote on the following day.
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Commissioner Ellis to Bring Holiday Cheer to Third Ward Families During Chromebooks Giveaway

22 Dec, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Marie Arcos, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer at YMCA of Houston, and others will bring holiday cheer to some Third Ward residents preselected to receive free Chromebooks just in time for Christmas.
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Commissioner Ellis Comments on City, County and TxDOT I-45 Expansion Resolution

19 Dec, 22

Today, the City of Houston, Harris County and The Texas Department of Transportation are announcing a resolution of disputes over the I-45 expansion project, including Harris County’s lawsuit and Mayor Turner’s objection to the project.
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Sheila Jackson Lee to Join Street Art for Mankind to Announce 2 New Murals

09 Dec, 22

“Public art has the ability to inspire change,” Commissioner Ellis said. “Public art is an incredible medium for celebrating our diverse community and history. On Friday the 9th, we invite the public to see the newest addition to this walkable downtown art gallery.”
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis Reacts to The Release of Brittney Griner

08 Dec, 22

Commissioner Rodney Ellis issued the following statement in response to the release from custody of Brittney Griner today
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Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis Criticizes Texas AG’s Last-Minute Legal Maneuver to Toss Votes Cast During Court-Ordered 1-Hour Extension on Election Da

21 Nov, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis on Monday issued the following statement disagreeing with the Texas Attorney General’s Office decision to ask the state Supreme Court to prevent the county from counting votes cast between a court-ordered, one-hour extension on Election Day:
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Commissioner Ellis Condemns Gov. Abbott’s Decision Calling for State Investigation into County’s Midterm Elections

14 Nov, 22

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott calling for a state investigation into allegations of improprieties in Harris County’s midterm elections, County Commissioner Rodney Ellis issued the following statement condemning the Governor’s decision:
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Harris County Commissioners Ask Federal Officials to Monitor County’s Elections

03 Nov, 22

Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia have asked federal officials to monitor the County’s midterm elections because Texas leaders plan to send a “task force” to monitor polling places as well as other concerns of voter intimidation.
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Harris County Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on Commissioners Cagle and Ramsey Forcing County to Adopt No New Revenue Rate

02 Nov, 22

“The consequences of adopting the No New Revenue Rate are truly dire. It forces tens of millions in cuts to life-saving health care services; throws way $100 million for law enforcement; delays urgent flood control projects; denies investments to strengthen economic opportunity; and jeopardizes other vital services that families depend on to weather tough times and build a better life...
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New Plans for Historic Riverside General Hospital Site

31 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Qatar Harvey Fund (QHF) officials and health experts will provide updates on the multimillion renovation project at the historic Riverside General Hospital, which will house Harris Public Health and other vital health-related services.
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Ceremony to Officially Open $1.6 Million Bridge that Improves Mobility and Pedestrian Safety

29 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis will join Sheldon community members in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29 to celebrate completion of a $1.6 million, two-lane bridge that residents requested to improve mobility and safety.
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$4.7 million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund

26 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and advocates on Wednesday, Oct. 26 will announce a $4.7 million Domestic Violence Assistance Fund that will help reduce domestic violence incidents that sometimes result in homicides.
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Detrimental Impacts of Adopting an Insufficient Budget

25 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Ellis, Harris Health System Officials will Discuss Detrimental Impacts of Adopting an Insufficient Budget Caused by Commissioners Cagle and Ramsey not Showing up for Work at Final Tax Rate Vote
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Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on Commissioners Cagle and Ramsey Blocking Critical Investments in Harris County

25 Oct, 22

Commissioners Tom Ramsey and Jack Cagle’s forced budget cuts will deny Harris County families urgently needed investments in health care, safety, flood resilience and more. They have betrayed the people we serve and put lives at risk.
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News Conference at Black Maternal Health Summit

22 Oct, 22

Three months after Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis recommended Commissioners Court’s approval of a $7.7 million investment in a Maternal and Child Health Program, Harris County Public Health is hosting a summit that addresses health inequities and disparities among Black women.
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Commissioner Rodney Ellis’ Statement on Texas Secretary of State’s Letter Regarding Incomplete Findings from 2021 Election Probe

19 Oct, 22

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Harris County Elections Administrator’s office received a letter from the Texas Secretary of State regarding incomplete findings from an election probe that was announced in September 2021 hours after former President Donald Trump called for Texas election audit legislation.
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Commissioner Ellis Responds to Commissioners Cagle and Ramsey Refusing to Show up

17 Oct, 22

Today, Commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey once again refused to show up to work, despite a meeting being called on their terms to overcome the budget impasse:
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Mural Unveiling

14 Oct, 22

Commissioner Ellis played a major part in the art walk’s conception when he happened upon a #ZeroHungerMurals by renowned artist Dragon76 on the backside of downtown’s Hampton Inn.
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Commissioner Ellis’ Statement on Compromise Budget Proposal

14 Oct, 22

I commend Commissioner Adrian Garcia for putting forward a proposal that calls Commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey to the table to negotiate in good faith so that we can all do the job we were elected to do, which is to serve the people of Harris County through the vital services and programs they need and deserve.
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Holistic Assistance Response Team (HART) has Responded to Nearly 1,000 911 Calls

13 Oct, 22

HART’s community responders are now handling nearly 20% of all 911 calls in their service area. This is the equivalent of 11 full-time deputies and 675 hours of officer time.
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Second Gun Buyback Event in Alief

08 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congressman Al Green, Houston City Council Member Tiffany Thomas and others will host the second Gun Buyback event in a partnership between the City of Houston and Harris County on Saturday in Alief.
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Residents Turn in 1,200 Guns During Most Successful Gun Buyback Event in Recent U.S. History

08 Oct, 22

Event Held in Alief Co-sponsored by Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
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Minimizing Risk of Having Mail-in Ballots Rejected

03 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Election Administrator Clifford Tatum Educate Eligible Voters on Minimizing Risk of Having Mail-in Ballots Rejected
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Preventing Mail Ballot Application Rejections

03 Oct, 22

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum will encourage eligible residents to register to vote, and registered voters who are eligible to vote by mail to do so using guidance provided by the Elections Administration Office.
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One For All Newsletter: October 2022

01 Oct, 22

In this issue, you can learn more about voting and serving in elections, find an update on the Texas abortion ban and resources for reproductive care, and read about our work to serve Harris County residents.
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Watch Precinct One Press Conferences and Events LIVE

01 Aug, 22

View our live broadcast or most recent broadcast here.
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Free Heavy Trash Drop Off

14 Dec, 21

If you are a resident of unincorporated Harris County, drop-off your heavy trash the third Saturday of every month from 8am – 1pm at Miller Road Service Center.
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Prioritize Flood Control Projects for Vulnerable Communities

12 Mar, 21

All of our residents deserve a safe, strong and resilient Harris County for themselves and their children, regardless of their wealth or their zip code. Mother nature does not discriminate — but unfortunately, our investments to strengthen and protect our county from flooding has.
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