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UPLIFT program success: 82,500 apply for payments

20 Feb, 24

Among these applications, 57,509 came from the 10 eligible ZIP codes designated for the program. Apart from that, 137 additional applications were received from ACCESS Harris County program participants, who will be considered under the ACCESS Harris County cohort of Uplift Harris.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program closes application period

19 Feb, 24

The Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, a transformative initiative offering $500 monthly payments to eligible residents in need, closed its application process on Feb. 2, receiving an overwhelming response of over 82,500 applications.

Thousands apply for limited Uplift Harris spots

15 Feb, 24

More than 82,500 residents applied for Uplift Harris, Harris County's guaranteed income pilot program, in which selected families from 10 low-income ZIP codes will receive $500 monthly cash payments for 18 months.

More than 82,500 residents applied for Harris County’s cash assistance program

13 Feb, 24

Harris County's guaranteed basic income program received more than 82,000 applications from residents before the online portal closed this month.

Research shows benefits of guaranteed income as launch of Harris County pilot program nears

13 Feb, 24

Uplift Harris plans to send $500 a month to over 1,900 households in an 18-month span. Applicants, who will learn if they were selected in March, were required to be living 200% below the federal poverty line and in one of the top 10 high-poverty ZIP codes in Harris County. Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services processed over 70,000 Uplift Harris applications, according to a Houston Public Media report.

'We do not want to pay for our own deaths': Harris County residents decry troubling air quality

09 Feb, 24

"HCPH collaborates with Pollution Control Services (PCS) to address environmental health concerns in Harris County. PCS does in-field air monitoring that HCPH uses in conjunction with health surveillance data to measure health impacts during chemical incidents. Additionally, both organizations are working together to improve data sharing and expand chemical datasets necessary for emergency response and assessing health risks," Robinson said.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

06 Feb, 24

February is recognized across the United States as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) works to ensure community members know the benefits of good oral health for children, their caregivers, teachers, and others.

Harris County Sees Over 76,000 Applications for Uplift Income Program as Deadline Approaches

02 Feb, 24

Harris County's Uplift Harris program, which is set to provide $500 monthly payments to low-income households for a span of 18 months, is seeing a surge of interest. According to the Houston Chronicle, the program has attracted over 76,000 applications, though the window for submitting applications closes sharply at 11:59 p.m. today.

Today is the last day to apply for Harris County's $500 per month cash assistance program

02 Feb, 24

Harris County residents are running out of time to apply for Uplift Harris, a program that will provide $500 monthly payments to low-income households for 18 months. The online portal closes today at 11:59 p.m.

Harris County Pets to host 5 low-cost spay, neuter events throughout February

02 Feb, 24

Harris County Pets will host five low-cost spay and neuter events throughout February in observance of Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month.

Harris County Pets to Offer Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Events During National Observances in February

01 Feb, 24

Harris County Pets Resource Center (HCP), the open-admission animal shelter for unincorporated Harris County, will offer five low-cost spay and neuter events in February in observance of Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month.

Access in crisis: Public webinar to spotlight Maternal Health Awareness Day

23 Jan, 24

Maternal health is a critical issue that requires urgent attention in Harris County, according to the arris County Public Health (HCPH). In recognition of Maternal Health Awareness Day, HCPH will participate nationwide to raise awareness, promote education, and advocate for improved maternal care by hosting a virtual webinar for the Harris County community.

County UPLIFT Program now open

16 Jan, 24

Harris County has opened Applications for the Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot Program starting Friday, January 12th. The Pilot Program is to Provide Monthly Cash Support to Eligible Households Struggling with Poverty.

Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot announces successful launch

15 Jan, 24

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has received over 48,000 applications during the first three days of the Uplift Harris Guaranteed Income Pilot program application window.

Applications are now open for $500-a-month Harris County low income assistance program

12 Jan, 24

Uplift Harris will distribute $500 a month in guaranteed cash payments to nearly 2,000 eligible low-income households for 18 months. Eligible applicants must live below 200% of the federal poverty line, which is about $60,000 for a household of four. You also have to be at least 18 years old.

Harris County is giving people $500 a month. Here's what you need to know

12 Jan, 24

Harris County's pilot program to help low-income families launched on Friday, Jan. 12. Uplift Harris provides a no-strings-attached, monthly cash payment of $500 to those who qualify. The money will be provided for 18 months.

How low-income families can apply for $500 monthly assistance through Uplift Harris program this Friday

12 Jan, 24

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Harris County Public Health Executive Director Barbie Robinson discussed Uplift Harris a day before eligible households can start applying for the guaranteed income program.

Harris County cash assistance program won’t include undocumented immigrants. But Hidalgo plan does

11 Jan, 24

The $20.5 million pilot program, called “Uplift Harris,” will randomly select 1,928 low-income residents from its pool of applicants. These participants will receive $500 in monthly cash assistance for 18 months.

Cervical cancer: Get informed, screened, and vaccinated - Medical Minute, Idolina Peralez

10 Jan, 24

Cervical cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Harris County Public Health wants to make sure our community gets informed, screened, and vaccinated.

Closing the wealth gap: Harris County to provide $500 a month to 1,900 low-income households

04 Jan, 24

Harris County is launching a guaranteed-income program Monday that will give certain low-income households a $500 monthly stipend in hopes of providing a financial cushion that can help close the wealth gap. The program, Uplift Harris, is being funded through $20.5 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. It will run for 18 months and provide the stipends to more than 1,900 randomly selected households that live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Houston Landing

Pago de estímulo de $9,000 dólares: ¿quién lo puede recibir?

03 Jan, 24

El condado de Harris, en Texas, anunció un programa de estímulo económico que beneficiará a un gran número de sus residentes con pagos de $9,000 dólares.
El Diario NY

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

03 Jan, 24

Cervical Cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) wants to ensure community members get informed, screened, and vaccinated.
The Katy News

Online applications for Harris County’s low-income assistance program due Jan. 26

02 Jan, 24

Select community members living in Harris County’s top 10 most poverty-stricken ZIP codes will be eligible to apply online Jan. 8 for Uplift Harris, the county's income assistance program. Harris County Public Health is running the initiative, and officials said the goal is to improve participants’ financial and health outcomes.
Community Impact

'Harder than ever': 2023 stats reveal insight into problems facing animal shelters

27 Dec, 23

“With the increasing number of animals in shelters, pet adoptions, foster programming, and volunteer efforts are more important than ever,” Harris County veterinary public health director Corey Steele said in a statement. “But adoption isn’t the only solution. We must also take responsibility for our pets by spaying and neutering them. This simple act can prevent countless animals from suffering on the streets or ending up in shelters.”

Helping vulnerable populations: Harris County launched ACCESS Harris with ARPA funds, now must allocate remaining before deadline

20 Dec, 23

Of the $141.5 million Harris County has allocated to health services, $25.1 million went to launch ACCESS Harris County. The agency partners with various organizations across the Houston area to provide the county’s vulnerable population with comprehensive services, including primary care assistance, substance abuse counseling, mental health services, housing, shelter services and food assistance.
Community Impact News

Familias en necesidad podrán recibir $500 mensuales

19 Dec, 23

Esto sería bajo el programa Uplift Harris y los residentes elegibles podrán aplicar en enero del 2024
Telemundo Houston

Nearly 2,000 Harris County residents will receive $500 a month for 18 months | Here's how it works

19 Dec, 23

Harris County is about to launch a new program that will provide $500 a month to hundreds of low-income residents for 18 months. The cash payments from Uplift Harris are tax-free and can be used for living expenses and other necessities.

Ayuda económica durante año y medio para cientos de familias del condado de Harris: esto debes saber

19 Dec, 23

Se espera que, en enero de 2024, poco más de 1,900 hogares de bajos ingresos puedan aplicar al programa ‘Uplift Harris’, a través del cual otorgarán $500 al mes durante un año y medio. Brandon Maddox, del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Harris, dice que las familias que habitan en ciertos códigos postales deben completar un formulario para optar por el beneficio. Asimismo, explica cómo serán seleccionados los beneficiarios y a partir de cuándo empezarán a recibir la ayuda.
Univision Houston

Harris County commissioners approve nearly $9M ARPA funding to open gastroenterology lab

19 Dec, 23

Harris County Public Health's 2023 Health Disparities Report states that health outcomes in the county are affected by various factors. Certain racial and ethnic minority groups experience higher rates of poor health and sickness for different health conditions, according to the report.
Community Impact News

Uplift Harris: Harris County launches new program providing $500 monthly to families for 18 months

18 Dec, 23

Harris County is launching a new program to help families with their financial insecurities. Uplift Harris is a guaranteed income/direct cash assistance pilot that allows participating households to receive $500 per month for 18 months. Similar programs across the country have shown that direct cash assistance programs deliver wide-ranging social and financial benefits for participating families and the broader community.
FOX 26

Baytown family finds beloved dog dead in their home after neighbor's dog comes in through doggie door

18 Dec, 23

In a statement to FOX 26, Harris County Veterinary Public Health said, "Harris County Veterinary Public Health responded to a call from the owner of a deceased dog who was attacked by another dog on December 7, 2023, from a neighboring property on Breda Drive in Baytown. The investigating animal control officer (ACO) went to the home of the owner of the attacking dog but was unable to make contact. The ACO left a notification on the owner’s door with animal control’s contact information.”
Fox 26

Getting your flu vaccine now can keep you in good shape for Christmas

17 Dec, 23

According to Harris County Public Health, getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and loved ones from getting the flu. HCPH says that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection from the virus in your body. The recommendation is that anyone six months and older get a flu vaccine. The CDC says that it’s safe to get additional seasonal shots such as COVID-19 and RSV at the same time.
CW 39

What to know about Harris County's guaranteed income program

16 Dec, 23

Harris County will start its guaranteed basic income program in 2024, while many counties and cities around the country experiment with similar concepts to provide financial relief for low-income families. The $20.5 million Uplift Harris program is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
Houston Chronicle

Light Up with Holiday Decorations Safely and Responsibly!

13 Dec, 23

Decorating your living space can be a fun way to show your holiday spirit and enjoy the holiday season. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages community members to consider these holiday decorating and fire safety tips to ensure you and your loved ones decorate and celebrate responsibly.
The Katy News

‘Tis the Season to Prevent the Flu

12 Dec, 23

Flu cases are increasing in many parts of the country, including in Harris County. As we are in the holiday season, getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick with the flu. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection in your body, so schedule an appointment right away!
The Katy News

Abandoned apartment building deemed a nuisance in NE Harris County knocked down

06 Dec, 23

Harris County officials are cleaning up one northeast Harris County community by knocking down an abandoned apartment building as part of the nuisance property abatement program.

Rat infestation discovered at Katy shopping center getting cleaned up after family takes video

06 Dec, 23

Harris County Public Health stated that the building's property manager was contacted to have the dumpster area treated. HCPH is expected to follow up within 10 days of the initial report to inspect the area and make sure the property has been treated.

Safe Outdoor Dogs Act: Advocates remind Houstonians of law that protects outside dogs in animal cruelty situations

05 Dec, 23

Animal welfare advocates and law enforcement agencies came together to remind folks about the ongoing enforcement of the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act.

Harris County Health offers free COVID-19 booster shots

21 Nov, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) now offers the updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The updated vaccines are free at HCPH for community members 6 months and older without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs.
Northeast News

Harris County Public Health officials: Foodborne illness can spike during the holidays

21 Nov, 23

Public health entities are reminding the public this holiday season that foodborne illnesses can spoil good times with family, friends and food if proper food safety is not observed, officials said in a Nov. 15 release from Harris County Public Health.
Community Impact Newspaper

How Harris County's 'violence interruption' program is faring after its first year

21 Nov, 23

The Harris County Public Health program offers a violence prevention program that does not rely on law enforcement. Instead, it follows a national model already in place in other major cities, like Los Angeles and Chicago, where public health officials work to connect hospitalized violent crime victims with outreach specialists, referred to as “credible messengers,” who are community members living in neighborhoods experiencing gun violence.
Houston Chronicle

Harris County officials say Violence Interruption Program has been a success

20 Nov, 23

On its one-year anniversary, Harris County officials highlighted the success of the program and how it helps reduce gun violence.
Houston Public Media

Enjoy the Outdoors with your Furry Friends Safely!

18 Nov, 23

As community members and pet owners around Harris County enjoy the fall weather and time outdoors this holiday season, Harris County Public Health’s (HCPH) Veterinary Public Health Division (VPH) reminds residents of important bite prevention methods and local leash laws in Harris County.
The Katy News

Houstonians support policies to reduce firearm violence and injury at the local level

15 Nov, 23

The Community Violence Interruption Program, a pilot program from Harris County Public Health estimated to cost about $6 million, explores solutions to gun violence that work with law enforcement and engage in community outreach and hospital-based intervention.
Urban Edge (Rice University: Kinder Institute for Urban Research)

Editorial: Empowering Reproductive Healthcare: Harris County’s Commitment to Access and Education

09 Nov, 23

Amidst the nationwide rollback of reproductive rights, Harris County is taking a bold stance by establishing a $6 million Reproductive Healthcare Access Fund. This fund, managed by Harris County Public Health, aims to bolster healthcare services and education in response to the stringent abortion restrictions imposed in Texas post-Roe v. Wade.
Express Healthcare Management

For Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Adopt a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle

09 Nov, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) encourages its residents to practice healthy behaviors during the month of November, which is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
CTN News

‘Thankfully we didn’t choke on it’: Tomball couple finds screw in their Chipotle dinner

09 Nov, 23

The Harris County Public Health Department’s Director of Environmental Public Health, which oversees food inspections, said they received the complaint Thursday morning. “In this case, the complaint was that this individual found a screw in their food,” Scott Jeansonne said. “We go and do a full-on investigation inspection of the entire facility just like we would with one of our routine inspections, but we will ask specific questions or look into specific issues that may have caused whatever the complaint is.”

Harris County Invests $6 Million in Reproductive Healthcare

08 Nov, 23

Harris County responds to the nation- wide rollback of reproductive rights with a robust $6 million Reproductive Healthcare Access Fund, managed by Harris County Public Health.
Houston Style Magazine

Prematurity Affects Too Many Families in Harris County

08 Nov, 23

According to the Harris County Public Health's Maternal and Infant Health Report, preterm birth and low birthweight are among the leading causes of infant mortality in non-Hispanic Black infants, whereas these causes rank second in non-Hispanic White and Hispanic infants in Harris County
The Katy News

10 things to know about the new COVID-19 vaccines, including where to get them in Houston

16 Oct, 23

The Harris County Public Health Department will offer the new and updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for free to those who don’t have insurance or are underinsured.
Houston Landing

Bellaire food inspections will now fall under Harris County Health Department

16 Oct, 23

Harris County's Food Safety and Inspection Program will now handle inspection and permitting for Bellaire's food establishments after an agreement between the two municipalities was approved by Harris County Commissioners Court on Oct. 10.
Community Impact Newspaper (Houston/Bellaire/Meyerland/West University)

Harris County Public Health offers free updated COVID-19 vaccines

12 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health now offers the latest COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which were updated in September.
Community Impact Newspaper (Houston/Bay Area)

Harris County Public Health offering new COVID-19 booster shots

11 Oct, 23

The updated COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge at Harris County Public Health if residents don’t have health insurance or their insurance does not cover the full cost.
Houston Public Media

Harris County Public Health Now Offering Updated COVID-19 Vaccines

10 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) now offers the updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The updated vaccines are free at HCPH for community members 6 months and older without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs.
The Katy News

Harris County Public Health offering updated Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

10 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health is now offering the updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines that were approved last month by the FDA and CDC. The vaccines are designed to protect against the Omicron variant and other circulating strains, and they are recommended for everyone six months or older who have completed their primary vaccine series.
Fox 26

Pet Adoption Fees Waived to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

10 Oct, 23

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, a perfect opportunity to welcome a new furry friend into your home while supporting animal welfare initiatives. Two local organizations, Best Friends Animal Society and Harris County Pets (HCP), are at the forefront of the cause.
The Leader News

Pink or not: Grab your girls, for tatas' sake!

06 Oct, 23

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is offering FREE clinical breast cancer screenings at their HCPH Humble, Southeast, and Antoine clinics, the East and Northeast Harris County Precinct 2 Access2Health Smart Pods, and the mobile clinic located in Cypress Station.
The Leader News

Harris County Public Health Offers Prevention Tips in Observance of SIDS Awareness Month

06 Oct, 23

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is raising awareness about SIDS and providing information on prevention strategies to protect infants and families in our community. SIDS is a tragic incident when a baby under the age of 1 dies suddenly without any known cause, even after a thorough investigation.
The Leader News

Harris County residents are still finding toxic lead paint in homes, 40 years after it was banned

05 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health's Lead Hazard Control Program uses funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and, more recently, the Biden administration's American Rescue Plan to test residences for lead-based paint hazards and, when necessary, to remediate them.
Houston Chronicle

22 dogs rescued from south Houston home several days after owner died

04 Oct, 23

Harris County's Veterinary Public Health Division transported the 22 dogs to the Houston Humane Society, where they are now receiving medical attention.
Houston Chronicle

Condado Harris no cobrará por adopciones durante los primeros 15 días de octubre

03 Oct, 23

Las adopciones se llevarán a cabo de lunes a domingo en Harris County Pets.

Empowering Harris County Residents in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

03 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health is offering FREE clinical breast cancer screenings to eligible residents during October. The screenings will be available at HCPH Humble, Southeast, and Antoine clinics, the East and Northeast Harris County Precinct 2 Access2Health Smart Pods, and the mobile clinic located in Cypress Station.
The Katy News

Harris County Pets Waiving Adoption Fees for All Pets from October 1 to 15

03 Oct, 23

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and as part of this observance, Harris County Pets (HCP) is waiving adoption fees for all dogs and cats from October 1-15 during the national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event hosted by BISSELL Pet Foundation.
The Katy News

Traveling exhibit's Houston stop localizes America’s deadly drug threats

02 Oct, 23

Harris County Public Health's Substance Use Prevention Program screened more than 16,850 patients from October 2021-May 2023. During that same time period, 430 doses of naloxone were distributed to patients. Naloxone, also commonly known as NARCAN, is used to reverse the effects of opioids in an emergency situation.
Community Impact Newspaper

Rabies is a Fatal but Preventable Disease that Can Spread to Pets and People

29 Sep, 23

In observance of World Rabies Day today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and Harris County Pets (HCP) remind pet owners to keep their furry companions up to date with their rabies vaccines and protect them from the virus.
The Katy News

ULI Houston Illuminates Neighborhood Struggle and Potential

28 Sep, 23

ULI Houston partnered with Harris County Public Health, the Houston Land Bank, and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and convened community residents and real estate leaders to build trust and chart a more equitable future for the Settegast community.
Urban Land

'Who let the dogs out': Houston's stray problem is a growing issue ahead of local elections

25 Sep, 23

Gloria Zenteno, executive director of the animal advocacy organization Barrio Dogs, said bettering relationships between BARC, Harris County Pets, the city council and all local animal welfare groups and advocates could help find more solutions to the stray problem in Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Managing success: Robert Rooks, REFORM Alliance pushes for probation, parole reform

24 Sep, 23

City and county health leaders were among those who joined Robert Rooks on the panel to discuss "Restorative Pathways: Reducing Recidivism, Reinventing Re-entry." Other panelists included LaTosha Selexman, Bureau Chief of Youth and Adolescent Health, City of Houston Health Department; Roshawn C. Evans, author and co-founder of Purely Justice; and Larry D. Brown Jr., Associate Director for Community Health & Violence Prevention Services, Harris County Public Health.
Houston Chronicle

Harris County launches pilot program to address Latino health disparities, chronic diseases

20 Sep, 23

The Latino Chronic Disease Cohort program will enlist a range of public services to address health disparities Latinos face, such as higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and death from certain cancers.
Houston Chronicle

Harris County Public Health introduces Latino Chronic Disease Cohort pilot program

19 Sep, 23

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has introduced a new pilot program to help the local Latino community battle chronic diseases. The Latino Chronic Disease Cohort is part of a larger health initiative, Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS) Harris County. The initiative helps underserved communities that HCPH has identified as having critical needs.
Houston Public Media

COVID-19 trends show hospitalizations up nationally, but new cases down in Texas

14 Sep, 23

As of September 7, the Harris County Public Health Department showed the area is at threat level green, or low impact. Cases are up though. There was a nearly 17% increase from the week before. Hospitalizations are up slightly, too. According to wastewater data, the county’s positivity rate sits at 27%.

Childhood obesity still an issue in Harris County

14 Sep, 23

The Harris County Public Health department says childhood obesity continues to be a severe problem in our community. In observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness in September, the health department wants to remind families to follow healthy eating habits and to be physically active to avoid long-term chronic diseases.
CW 39

El calor mandó a cientos de trabajadores a la salas de emergencia

30 Aug, 23

Estos datos pueden variar, ya que el calor aún continúa, dijo Maritza Vela, portavoz del Departamento de Salud del Condado Harris. Las autoridades locales se movilizaron desde mayo pasado implementando y reactivando el plan de emergencia debido al calor.
La Prensa de Houston

Harris County seeing COVID-19 cases uptick

21 Aug, 23

Harris County Public Health officials announced an uptick in COVID-19 cases this summer and advised the public to stay up to date with vaccines and get tested.
Community Impact

Harris County COVID-19 hospitalizations tick up as new subvariant begins to spread

15 Aug, 23

Harris County Public Health is reminding people to stay up to date with their COVID vaccines as COVID hospitalizations are increasing week over week, recent data shows.
Houston Public Media

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