Harris County Community Services
Five Years After Ike
Harris County Community Services Continues to Serve
Over $160 million in federal grant money has been awarded to the Harris County Community Services Department since Hurricane Ike made landfall in September of 2008. Here are some of the highlights among the projects completed.
Photo of Sylvan Beach Pavilion Sylvan Beach Pavilion Officially Opens October 25th
A historic treasure has returned to its former glory in response to a grass roots effort by local members of the community surrounding LaPorte’s Sylvan Beach Pavilion.

This award winning structure was originally built in 1956 by architect R.H. Brogniez. While the building was damaged following Hurricane Ike, local residents interested in preserving the Pavilion were successful in registering the building with the National Historic Registry and the Texas Historical Commission.

Harris County Community Services along with Commissioner Precinct 2 contributed close to 6 million dollars in local and federal grant money toward the rehabilitation of this project by Kirksey Architecture.

Sylvan Beach Pavilion, 1 Sylvan Beach Drive, LaPorte 77571, will officially reopen October 25, 2013, 10am, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Grand Opening November 9, 2013
Leonel Castillo Community Center nears completion
The Leonel Castillo Community Center formerly Robert E. Lee Elementary School, 2101 South Street, is part of the foreground in the view of downtown Houston, inbound from I-45. This historically significant structure was built in 1920. It was designed by architect Alfred Charles Fin, the designer of the San Jacinto Monument. Now it will become a gathering place for residents on the near north side. Leonel Castillo, elected City Controller in 1971, was the first Hispanic to be elected to city-wide office in Houston. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter appointed Mr. Castillo to lead the U.S. Immigration and Natural Services Department. (You can follow Leonel Castillo Community Center on Facebook.)
Harris Recovers Program provides over 500 new or reconstructed homes to Harris County Residents
While state and federal funding lagged some two years behind the need, Harris County Community Services has made homeowners its first priority.

Harris County’s Homeowner Disaster Assistance Recovery program has served residents in communities such as Baytown, La Porte, Highlands, Humble and South Houston. Throughout this process, Harris County Community Services has worked with hundreds of brave homeowners weathering the tedious process of Hurricane Recovery.

To date, only 36 months after receiving funding, nearly 500 of 520 homeowners living in Harris County (but outside of the City of Houston) have received disaster recovery assistance for their Ike damaged homes. Roughly half of the 520 homes have been torn down and totally reconstructed on the homeowners’ existing property. The remaining half have undergone extensive home rehabilitation.
Pictures of Houses Dear Harris County Recovers,I feel that I must bring to your attention the outstanding services I received by your representatives.I am, of course, very delighted to have had the pleasure of participating in this life changing program. Though my house was livable, it did not feel like a home. I walked on concrete for several years because I did not have the resources to make all of the necessary repairs. As you may know, a home atmosphere has a very large impact on one’s daily outlook and mood. Within a few weeks my home was completely transformed inside and out. I now have a beautiful and comfortable home, and I am forever grateful that I was chosen for this program. I come into my home and I am now happy. I am eager to experience life and the blessings that will come. I truly love it, and deeply appreciate your services. I can attest that your organization has indeed changed lives and is a true blessing. Thank you Harris County Recovers.Sincerely,Harris County Recovers Homeowner
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Renters are also benefiting from Ike Recovery funds.
A new community of rental homes, Tidwell Lakes Ranch at Beltway 8 East and Tidwell will be added to the Houston landscape. Once completed, 94 free standing single family rental homes will be available. Sterling Green Village, another community of 150 homes, in Channelview are being rehabilitated.

Temenos Place Apartments II, will expand the multi-family housing complex offering for homeless and disabled households in the Central Business District by 80 new units at 2200 Jefferson Street.

Multi-family projects being rehabilitated are the 120 unit Earl Hatcher Commons in the 3800 block of the Gulf Freeway (pictured here, pre-renovation) and The Bridges, a 452 unit rental facility on FM 1960 at Kuykendahl Road.
Photo of Kohler Generator Looking Ahead
Anticipating Future Emergencies
An additional 2 dozen generators have been added to important community structures such as fire stations, community centers and hospitals to ensure power at critical times after the next emergency.
While these are some of our most visible projects, millions in improvements to roadways, parks, drainage, water treatment facilities and to our infrastructure have been completed, with more to come.
Harris County Community Services is grateful to the residents and community partnerships which are essential to the completion of this massive effort.
Partners include:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas General Land Office, Harris County Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, City of Houston, Houston Housing Finance Corporation, Harris County Housing Finance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Harris County Community Services Department
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Harris County Community Services Department
8410 Lantern Point Dr. - Annex M, Houston TX 77054
(713) 578-2000