News & Editorials

Beat the Heat at a Cooling Center Until August 6


Texas Heat is no joke. Overexposure to heat can lead to serious health issues like heat stroke, sunburns, and dehydration. To help our residents Beat the Heat, Precinct One is offering three cooling centers at different locations for constit…

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…

Harris County Vaccine Scholarship Program


Through a raffle, Harris County will award one $5,000 college scholarship each week. There will be one drawing each week for at least ten consecutive weeks so check the schedule for key dates. Scholarship Eligibility: Must be under…

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…

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Extended to August 15


Everyone Deserves Health Care The Affordable Care Act special enrollment period has been extended through August 15. This means you still have time to access quality health coverage that is now more affordable thanks to the American Rescue P…

Weekly Food Distribution Schedule


January 15, 2021 | Covid Resources Precinct One's food distributions occur on a weekly basis at different locations throughout the precinct in partnership with The Houston Food Bank. Normally, there is enough food …

Message From Commissioner: Veterans Services


Welcome Veterans!Precinct One is committed to supporting and assisting our veterans.The Harris County Precinct One veteran's registration is an easy way to stay in contact with the county and learn about programs and resources available to you as 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 comb…

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.

EDITORIAL: Will This Juneteenth Finally Begin to Fulfill the Promises of the First?


The Washington Post  | June 18, 2020 Will this Juneteenth finally begin to fulfill the promises of the first? Opinion by Rodney Ellis Copyright © The Washington Post 2020. All rights reserved.

Participate in Precinct One’s Programs Online!


May 4, 2020 | Programs While you are at home, practicing social distancing, Precinct One’s Programs Department is excited to bring some of our most popular activities to you online! We hope that these videos are a …

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