The Houston-Galveston Area Council is working to help minimize the health impacts of our region. The safety and well-being of our employees, their family members, and the people we serve remains paramount during this rapidly changing event as we continue to provide the utmost service to our region.
H-GAC employees are working remotely and operating under normal business hours with minimal on-site staff. We are available to connect via remote teleconferencing options and other communication platforms to conduct business and maintain services to all the communities we serve. For immediate assistance, view our list of Program Contacts.
The next meeting of the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) is scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:30am as a webinar. View the meeting agenda and materials.
We have provided the option for public participation through use of a toll-free call-in number:
888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247 Webinar ID: 961 5188 2804 Password: 443768
Callers will be given the opportunity to make public comments during the public comment period. In addition, the public may submit written comments to our public comment email address, email@example.com.
Any comments received by 5 p.m. on May 21 will be entered into the public record and made available for policy council members to review. The webinar will also be viewable using our Livestream service.
If you have any questions, contact Alan Clark at 713-993-4585 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
H-GAC is dedicated to being an instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the orderly development of the Gulf Coast region, and preserving the safety and welfare of the 7.2 million citizens who live and work in the 13-county region. Public engagement is critical to ensuring our agency and its representatives are meeting the needs of the communities we serve.
In the wake of COVID-19, H-GAC adopted webinar and teleconferencing technology to ensure the public may continue to participate in our meetings and community events while staying compliant with social distancing guidelines.
We encourage residents to visit the H-GAC calendar online for a list of our upcoming meetings and events. All H-GAC meetings include a dedicated time period either before or during the meeting for members of the public to address the governing body and comment on items being discussed at the meeting.
Several of our committees also provide the opportunity for the community to submit comments prior to a scheduled meeting by phone, email, or mail. Information on how to do this will be communicated along with an agenda and other important materials on the meeting event page.
H-GAC welcomes public feedback and engagement in all forms, and there are several more ways you can engage with us. Visit our Public Involvement page to learn all the ways you can get involved. Help us build stronger communities and shape the future of the region!
The Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast Economic Development District stand ready to assist our 13-county region in pursuing strategies to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our Helping with Economic Recovery page to see funding opportunities, economic recovery focused webinars, and a list of helpful resources.
Due to an overwhelming number of applications received, we paused the acceptance of new applicants indefinitely.
View the Harris County Loan Program's FAQs
Texas businesses affected by COVID-19 may now apply for disaster relief. The Small Business Administration is offering economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) to help small businesses overcome temporary loss of revenue and the Paycheck Protection Program that provides a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll.
The Houston-Galveston Area Loan Development Corporation is offering a bridge loan program for small businesses awaiting COVID-19 disaster relief from the Small Business Administration. Businesses may receive up to $25,000 in immediate funding to help meet payroll, leasing or mortgage dues, utility fees, and other business-related expenses. Any small business located in the 13-county area H-GAC serves – Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties – can apply for a bridge loan. To qualify, the business must have already applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) with the Small Business Administration. Businesses can begin paying back the bridge loan as soon as they receive the EIDL. Visit the Houston-Galveston Area Loan Development Corporation for more information.
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H-GAC events and meetings are being rescheduled or reformatted to a teleconference or webinar setting amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Check our website calendar regularly for the latest updates on event postponements or changes.
As the need for teleworking increases, H-GAC Commute Solutions has launched a new website to help employers through the logistics of implementing telework programs quickly, provide resources and best practices for employees new to teleworking, and provide resources for residents and businesses in the region seeking more sustainable commute options. Employers can also receive complimentary travel demand management planning services for telework, compressed work week, and more by joining the Commute Solutions Partners Program.
Our webinar, "Keeping Local Governments Moving: Conducting Business Virtually," covers important topics such as transitioning employees to teleworking with minimal disruption, holding effective meetings online, virtual communications tools, and keeping teams engaged while teleworking. Download the presentation slides and view a replay of the webinar.
To align with recommendations for small group gatherings and for the health and safety of our customers and agency staff, all Workforce Solutions Career offices are closed until further notice. Workforce Solutions staff continue to be available by phone and email during normal business hours. To connect with us, visit wrksolutions.com/locations to find your nearest career office. The listed phone number will be answered by a live person during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. You may also use our toll-free number 1-888-469-JOBS (5627).
The Texas Workforce Commission has created central web pages for all Texas COVID-19 employer, job seeker, and child care resources.
H GAC's Cooperative Purchasing Program, known as HGACBuy, allows local governments and certain non-profits to make purchases, provide purchasing services and other administrative functions appropriately established by another government entity. As we continue to navigate our current climate, there may be helpful resources for local governments through our cooperative purchasing program. Resources like portable decontamination systems for facilities, vehicles, and equipment; temporary staffing services; defibrillators; and, safety products such as personal protective equipment and rescue supplies.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts how many people are in our community to decide how much federal funding and representation we should receive. A complete and accurate census count is critical for your community. Census results show where communities need new schools, clinics, roads and other services benefiting families, older adults and children. They help design federal funding for disaster recovery, mental health services, medical benefits programs, education programs, and much more.
Visit our Census 2020 resource page or go to 2020census.gov for more information.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has released new COVID-19 guidelines regarding on-site sewage facilities. For more information, visit our On-Site Sewage Facilities web page or visit the TCEQ website.
H-GAC is still hard at work conducting extensive to inform its planning programs and assist local policymakers in decision-making. Visit our Research and Data page for more information. Our data and research are also available to the public through an array of easily accessible online research and mapping tools.
Those looking to connect with resources and services for older persons and individuals with disabilities in the Houston-Galveston region may visit the Area Agency on Aging or the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) pages for more information. The ADRC can also be reached by phone at 1-855-YES-ADRC (937-2372) or locally at 832-681-2635.
Keeping Local Governments Moving: Conducting Business VirtuallyPresentation Slides
Disaster Loan Assistance - Texas Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters Interactive Map: COVID-19 Texas Case Counts Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Resource Page
For immediate assistance, view our list of Program Contacts.
View the Loan Program's FAQs
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