Harris County

Harris County Executive Director Leaves Current Position

Today Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces the departure of their Executive Director Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. Dr. Shah is set to become the next Secretary of Health for the state of Washington under Governor Jay Inslee, effective December 18, 2020. Dr. Shah first joined HCPH in 2004, as Deputy Director and the Director for Disease Control and Clinical Prevention. He was appointed HCPH Executive Director by Harris County Commissioners Court in 2013. “Under […]

HCOHSEM, MOPD and Deaf Link Create Preparedness and Safety Videos for Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Community

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM), in collaboration with the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and Deaf Link, have developed preparedness and safety videos for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The partnership is designed to ensure that the deaf and hard of hearing community has access to preparedness and emergency information via sign language interpreting, with English and Spanish subtitles. These videos are one […]

YMCA Of Greater Houston Receives Funding For Covid-19 Child Care Assistance 

Programs provide free tuition to help families in need get back to work In response to the economic crisis facing the community, child care providers, and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris County has awarded the YMCA of Greater Houston funding to support residents with child care and virtual learning services to help them get back to work in their communities. This funding is a result of the Harris County Commissioners Court’s unanimous vote to spend […]

Federal Judge Rejects GOP Efforts to Disenfranchise Harris County Voters

In a victory for democracy, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen rejected an effort by GOP activists and candidates to nullify over 127,000 ballots cast by Harris County voters using drive-thru voting. The three GOP candidates who filed the lawsuit waited until voters had already cast their ballots in good faith, months after Texas’s Republican Secretary of State had approved Harris County’s drive-thru voting plan, to challenge this process.  Texas Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation Executive […]

Harris County Commissioners Court Approves $10 Million Investment in Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Impact Fund will incubate promising interventions that help children reach full potential while reducing health disparities, costs to society Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the Early Childhood Impact Fund, a $10 million accelerator of innovative and evidence-based programs designed to help children thrive. Over a period of two to three years, the initiative will provide seed investments to programs with significant potential to dramatically improve early childhood outcomes and provide critical […]

Harris County Issues New $40 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund, To Be Administered by Catholic Charities

Fund Will Provide $1200 Payments to 33,000+ Families; Open Enrollment for Harris County Residents November 2-6 (Not a first-come, first-served program) A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund, issued by Harris County, opens Monday, November 2, and will accept applications through Friday, November 6. The Harris County COVID-19 Emergency Direct Assistance Fund will be administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will provide one-time payments of $1200 to up to 33,333 families […]

HCFMO Coordinates Medication Mail-In Program

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office coordinated an innovative medication mail-in program via the University of Houston, local fire departments, and Harris County Commissioner’s Offices. The goal of this program is to encourage the proper disposal of prescription medication, limit the availability of high-risk prescription medications in homes, and reduce accidental poisonings and overdoses.  “This program allows community members to safely mail in unused or expired medications for proper disposal,” said Harris County Fire Marshal […]

Harris County Transit and Harris County Rides Joins The Houston Galveston Area Council SitSafe Campaign

Harris County Transit and Harris County Rides Officials today joined with the Houston Galveston Area Council and other area public transit systems in the region to promote to the #Sitsafe Campaign in an effort to keep critically important public transportation safe for all during the Covid-19 event.Many of Harris County’s essential workers rely on public transportation to get to work and home, safely. For others, our buses and taxi programs provide a critical link to […]

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Releases new Drive-Thru Voting PSA Featuring “Curbside Larry”

Drive-Thru Voting Safe, Easy, and Secure: Release of PSA Comes as Record Number of Harris County Voters Head to the Polls As early voting continues in Harris County, County Judge Lina Hidalgo today released a new explainer video on drive-thru voting. The PSA features John “Curbside Larry” Schaffer and outlines for eligible voters how safe and easy drive-thru voting is. To view and download the PSA, click here.   “This week, we’re showing the nation what happens […]

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, HCFMO reminds residents: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™”

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.   According to NFPA, cooking is the leading […]