Draft plan presentation
Basketball Court Opening
Food Pantry Soft Opening
Three Food Pantry staff distributed 50 fresh food boxes from Common Market to Cuney Homes Residents. They collected information on household size, the number of seniors, and the number of children per household. Residents can have free food from the food pantry once a week.
Food Pantry Donation Drive
Collected food non-perishable food donations from organizations and community members. Received donations from the American Heart Association, Change Happens, and the president of the Houston Housing Authority.
Ambassador Leadership Graduation Ceremony
Choice Neighborhood Ambassadors celebrated graduation from their leadership training and were acknowledged for their service to their community. Ambassadors were made aware of paid leadership opportunities in the food pantry, the food garden, and providing recreation for Cuney Homes.
Food Pantry Cleanup Party
Cuney Homes Ambassadors, Cuney Homes Residents Council Members, and the American Heart Association worked together to clean out the space of the future Feeding Our Future Food Pantry.
Martin Luther King Jr. Food Giveaway
Residents honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a food giveaway. 100 Fresh Food Boxes from Common Market were distributed to Cuney Homes residents. Volunteers from the National Black United Front and the American Heart Association helped to distribute food boxes.
Families came together to learn about the principles and symbols of Kwanzaa. There were craft activities for children and adults, a dance contest, a martial arts demonstration, and live African drumming.
Dec 10 2022
Writing Workshop with the National Public Housing Museum
Residents engaged in a writing workshop to tell their stories of artifacts from their Cuney Homes experience. Those who were able to write began drafting their stories. Those who preferred to tell their stories orally recorded their stories
We are educating residents on the signs of domestic violence and how to get help.
Early Action Activity: Cuney Homes Basketball Court Paint Breaking Ceremony
The beginning of the painting of the Cuney Homes basketball court with court muralist Henry Agim and Cuney Homes youth.
Adult Show & Tell
Residents brought an item of significance to their experience in Cuney Homes and shared their stories.
Food For Thought Turkey Giveaway
Cuney Homes residents who completed a pantry survey received a turkey from the It’s Only Right Foundation. They provided 50 turkeys.
Food Pantry Tour
Cuney Homes Resident Ambassadors toured Little Red Box Food Store and Christian Community Service Center.
National Night Out
Cuney Homes Basketball Court- Youth Design Focus Group
Cuney Homes and Third Ward youths provided feedback on the images and words they would like to see in the new court design. Youths also chose the muralist to complete the work.
The Resident Needs Survey indicated that seniors wanted a safe place to socialize, away from children. Seniors had the opportunity to socialize and take a food pantry survey to indicate the types of food they would like in the upcoming Cuney Homes Food Pantry.
Housing Typology Workshop
Moody Nolan conducted a Housing Typology Workshop engaging Cuney Homes and Third Ward residents in discussion on their likes and dislikes of housing typology. State Representative Jolanda Jones and Houston City Councilwoman Carolyn Evans Shabazz were in attendance to add to the discussion.
Choice Workshop with Texas Southern University students
Students from TSU’s Urban Planning & Environmental Policy showed their site plan for the redeveloped Cuney Homes site.
American Heart Association took a bike ride through Cuney Homes to hear about the Third Ward – Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Initiative.
Choice Workshop with Rice University students
Students from Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership program visited the Cuney Homes site to learn more about the Third Ward – Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Initiative.
People Plan Open House & Visioning Workshop
Residents met for focused discussions on improving children’s education, booting health and wellness, increasing income, enhancing skills and job opportunities, and building self-sufficiency and generational wealth.
Leadership Series Session 7: Making Cuney Homes Safer
Townhall meeting with Cuney Homes Precinct 6 and Houston Police Department for residents to discuss safety concerns in the community.
Leadership Series Session 6: Mental Health Talk With A Doc
Mental Health professionals encouraged Cuney Homes residents to seek available resources to help themselves or a neighbor struggling with mental health issues. Speakers: Dr. Steven Starks, University of Houston – College of Medicine; Rebecca Skillern, Houston Police Department – Mental Health Divisions; Patrick LeBlanc, Houston Police Department – Mental Health Division
Leadership Series Session 5: Building Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
Residents successfully learned how to navigate homebuyer programs from industry professionals and new homeowners.
Speakers: Kristy Kirkendoll, HHA Board Member; Joanne Gladney, HHA Housing Choice Voucher Program/Family Self-Sufficiency program; Veralisa Hunter, Covenant Community Capital.
Leadership Series Session 4: Upskill Your Way To A Green Career
Explained Green Career options to Cuney Homes Residents and the 3rd Ward Community
Speakers: Ken Williams, GROW Houston
Leadership Series Session 3: How To Start A Co-Op Business or Small Business
Third Ward Entrepreneurs shared entrepreneurship experiences and tips with residents. The EEDC shared its Entrepreneur Training program with residents. Project Row Houses shared their Art Entrepreneurship program with residents.
Speakers: Britany Winters, Upgrade Boutique; Alicia Neal, Emancipation Economic Development Council; RUEROB, Project Row Houses; Dean Liscum, Dean Liscum Communications, Ashley Hairston, Houston Housing Authority – Section 3 program.
Leadership Series Session 2: Fair Housing and Affordable Home Development
Renter Know Your Rights Presentation, Residents learned the history of racism and segregation in housing, and residents learned how to advocate for affordable housing.
Speakers: Julia Orduna and David Wheaton from Texas Housers; Yolanda Guess-Jeffries from City of Houston Housing & Community Development Dept.
Leadership Series Session 1: A Meeting of the Minds Conflict Resolution
Cuney Homes and Third Ward Residents shared types of conflict they faced at home and throughout the community. They learned conflict resolution tips to help them successfully navigate and resolve conflict.
Speakers: Angela St. Julien, Darcy Thompson, and Dr. Diana Pino from the Association for Conflict Resolution – Houston chapter
1st Third Ward on Tap Festival
Ambassadors shared information on the Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant and the goal to re-imagine Cuney Homes at a Bike Trail Event in 3rd Ward.
Choice Leadership Series Session #8
Choice Leadership Series Session #5: Homebuying
Choice Leadership Series Session #1: Conflict Resolution
Housing Taskforce Meeting
Cuney Homes Resident Survey Results
CNI Needs Survey Results
Third Ward Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Initiative Kick-off Meeting
At their first community meeting, Third Ward residents, community partners, and stakeholders learned about the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, heard about key findings from the Cuney Homes Resident Survey, and discussed ways to support the project.
Third Ward - Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Initiative Kick-off Meeting
On February 23rd, Cuney Homes residents learned about the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, provided feedback on the initiative’s branding and logo, and heard about key findings from the Cuney Homes Resident Survey.
Neighborhood Taskforce Meeting
The Neighborhood Taskforce continues the conversation on how to build upon the accomplishments of previous Third Ward planning efforts designed to improve neighborhood conditions, such as health, public safety, housing, employment and income, children and education, technology and communications.
Housing Taskforce Meeting
The Housing Taskforce continues the conversation on how to build upon the accomplishments of previous planning efforts to improve housing situations in Cuney Homes and in the Third Ward neighborhood.
Joint Taskforce Meeting
The Housing, Neighborhood, and People task forces convened to review previous planning efforts for the Third Ward neighborhood and discuss how to build upon these accomplishments.
Cuney Homes CNI Ambassadors provide feedback that will help create the official logo and branding for the Third Ward – Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Initiative.
Core Team Meeting
Leaders for the Housing, Neighborhood, and People Taskforces met to hear updates on the Cuney Homes Resident Survey and future engagement activities for Taskforce members, Cuney Homes and Third Ward residents.
People Task Force Meeting #1
Meeting of the Third Ward Cuney Homes Choice People Taskforce.
Neighborhood Task Force Meeting #2
Meeting of the Third Ward Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Taskforce.
Neighborhood Task Force Meeting #1
Premier meeting of the Third Ward Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Taskforce.
Housing Task Force Meeting #1
Premier meeting of the Third Ward Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood Housing Taskforce.
Virtual site visit
HHA and partners will host HUD and community stakeholders for a virtual site visit of Cuney Homes and the Historic Third Ward community.
HUD Site Visit Presentations