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Harris County Commissioners Court Passes Redistricting Plan


Harris County is changing, and so must Harris County Government. That's why we passed a redistricting plan to advance a more fair and equitable Harris County and allow the people's voices and views to be reflected by those who represent them. After …

Veterans Transition Success Coalition Event


Rally Point 2021 is an annual gathering arranged in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Soldier For Life program. The Veterans Transition Success Coalition prepares transitioning military service members and their families to fully connect …

FREE WiFi at County Parks and Community Centers


Everyone deserves access to online learning, job opportunities, and information that improves their quality of life. As the pandemic continues to limit in-person activities and has moved many services online, Harris County and Precinct One are …

Precinct One Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Precinct One celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting some of the many outstanding Hispanic leaders in our community. Every year across the US, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This …

Op-Ed: Following the Data to Keep our Communities Safe


Op-Ed | Medium.com Keeping people safe is among the most fundamental responsibilities of local government. No single policy or program can meet the challenge and today’s polarizing politics are making the job that much harder. Resp…

Op-Ed: Texas Democrats are Taking a Stand for our Democracy


JULY 20, 2021 Texas Democrats have left the building, and they have my full support. Breaking quorum is an extreme but legitimate action that lawmakers can take in order to stop egregious legislation. Republicans have tried to spin this many di…

Eviction Defense Coalition


Having adequate housing is essential for your health and mental well-being. Housing can be the difference between life and death. The eviction moratorium has been extended to October 3, 2021. If your family is at-risk of being evicted, see…

Dixie Farm Road Park officially renamed Juneteenth Park


Harris County Commissioners Court recently voted unanimously to change the name of Precinct One’s Dixie Farm Road Park to commemorate Juneteenth. The renaming on June 29, 2021 occurred less than two weeks after President Biden officially …

Texas Parks and Wildlife awards $1.5M grant for Challenger Seven Memorial Park


Precinct One is committed to providing residents with access to parks and greenspaces that provide opportunities for families to explore Harris County's unique and beautiful outdoor areas.  It is because of our commitment to greenspace…

OPINION: Why Texas Legislators are Attacking Local Budget Control


Link to Op-Ed Online By Austin City Council Member Greg Casar and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis GOP lawmakers are once again attacking local communities like Harris County and Austin for daring to pursue local policies that a…

Precinct One Celebrates Women's History Month


Honoring Texas women who have, and are, breaking down barriers. BARBARA JORDAN The legendary Barbara Jordan was a Civil Rights activist born and raised in Houston in Fifth Ward (PCT1). Jordan was the first African-…

EDITORIAL: Prioritize Flood Control Projects for Vulnerable Communities


The Houston Chronicle | March 12, 2021All 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, o…

Precinct One Winter Storm Resource Guide


Dear Friends, This has been a challenging week. I want to acknowledge and thank so many of you for stepping up to help your neighbors by housing one another, sharing resources, and helping out at food and water distributions. Every time our commu…

Working Together to Provide Rent Relief


Housing is Health We cannot have safe, healthy, stable, or economically thriving communities when people cannot afford to stay in their homes, especially during the middle of an ongoing pandemic. We will continue working to find solutions to co…

Precinct One Celebrates Black History Month


During February, Precinct One will celebrate Black History Month by honoring figures who defied the odds and those presently shattering barriers. We will highlight places that have strengthened our community for generations and …

One Bicycle Crash is too Many: Bike Safety Campaign Launches


One Bicycle Crash is too Many: Commissioner Rodney Ellis, BikeTexas, BikeHouston & Clear Channel Launch Bike Safety Campaign Watch the Virtual Press Conference Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure on th…

Sign up to Recieve a COVID Vaccine from Harris County


Getting your vaccine is easy! Whether you get it from a local pharmacy or our county or city public health department, no proof of insurance, residency, or citizenship is required and the vaccine is completely free, with no out of pocket costs.…

Commissioners Court Approves Commissioner Ellis’ Plans to Transform Downtown Houston Block


September 29, 2020 | Our Initiatives Plans to transform the entire downtown Houston block that contains Quebedeaux Park into a space that will allow visitors to recognize the racial terror of the past, realize the continued effects of discrim…

FREE PPE for Harris County Businesses


August 25, 2020 | Covid Resources Are you a Business Owner who needs Personal Protective Equipment to help Protect your Employees? Small businesses and the working families those businesses support are vital to Harris County's economy. Com…

EDITORIAL: Straus and Ellis: Remove Confederate Monuments from the Texas Capitol


The Dallas Morning News | July 22, 2020 Straus and Ellis: Remove Confederate monuments from the Texas Capitol By Joe Straus and Rodney Ellis Copyright © 2021 The Dallas Morning News. All rights reserved.

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