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Texas Health & Human Services Offers Food Assistance Benefits To Families Recovering From Hurricane Harvey

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Harris County, Texas – September 26th, 2017: If your family was impacted by the recent flooding due to Harvey, you may be eligible for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. D-SNAP is designed to help when people return to their homes and have access to electricity and grocery stores. Benefits are loaded on a Lone Star Card within three days of applying, and the amount is equal to two months of the maximum amount of SNAP benefits, based on household size.

There is a limited period of time to apply for D-SNAP, based on your county of residence.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be from a county that has been declared a federal disaster area*.
  • Have experienced a loss of income, destruction of your home or a disaster-related expense, such as temporary shelter or home repairs.
  • Not have been getting regular SNAP food benefits at the time of the disaster.
  • Meet certain income limits. Click here to view income limits.

Applying for D-SNAP

You must apply in person at a designated D-SNAP location in your county of residence. You will not be able to apply online. D-SNAP applications will be accepted for a limited amount of time in each county. See below for designated D-SNAP locations.

To apply you’ll need to show:

  • Proof of identity – Examples include a driver’s license or other government-issued ID

 

Residents in Harris County may only apply between Sept. 22 and Oct. 5. Locations will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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Date Last name
Sept. 22 & 27 A – C
Sept. 23 & 28 D – H
Sept. 24 & 29 I – M
Sept. 25 & 30 N – R
Sept. 26 & Oct. 1 S – Z
Oct. 2-5 Anyone

 

Harris County – Houston
Greenspoint Mall
12300 North Fwy
Houston, TX 77060

Harris County – Houston
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star
Houston, TX 77074

Harris County – Pasadena
Pasadena Convention Center
7902 Fairmont
Pasadena, TX 77505

 

For more information on the Disaster SNAP program, please visit: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance/disaster-snap

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Harris County Files Suit Against Spring Motel 6 Citing Unusual Level of Prostitution and Criminal Activity

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Spring, Texas – October 20th, 2017: The Harris County Attorney’s Office filed suit Wednesday against a Spring area Motel 6 for harboring habitual criminal activity.

The defendant, NNJP LLC, is a Texas for-profit corporation which owns and operates the Motel 6 located at 19606 Cypresswood Court near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood Drive.

Court documents state that this location is notorious for harboring habitual criminal activity, including trafficking of persons, prostitution, promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, and illegal drug offenses—in violation of Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Motel 6 knowingly tolerates and has failed to make reasonable efforts to abate the criminal activities at this location.

Officers from Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have responded to hundreds of calls per year to this Motel 6. Between October 17, 2016, and October 17, 2017, there were over 320 calls to law enforcement for service at this location. Officers have made numerous arrests for prostitution at this location as well as arrests for possession of illegal drugs, weapons, and violent crime. Officers have investigated many other crimes on the premises including shootings, robberies, sexual assault, and murder.

Just last week, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office initiated an undercover operation that focused on suppressing the supply and demand for prostitution in and around neighborhoods and businesses. Forty-four (44) people were arrested during the operation and investigators were able to identify and recover four (4) female victims of Human Trafficking, who were allegedly being forced into prostitution.

Harris County requests the Court enter a temporary and permanent injunction to abate the common nuisance (harboring criminal activity) and to enjoin Motel 6 from maintaining or participating in the nuisance.

Harris County further requests that the Court include in its order reasonable requirements as authorized under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §125.002(e) to prevent the use or maintenance of the place as a nuisance, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Install, maintain and upgrade surveillance systems on the Properties
  2. Provide law enforcement personnel access to video surveillance footage upon request
  3. Restrict access to all areas of the Properties, including parking lots, hallways and rooms by electronic access control devices only to properly registered guests and visitors (no more than 2 per room)
  4. Install and maintain electronic gate access
  5. Prohibit “cash only” customers
  6. Prohibit hourly rates or rates for less than the full rate for a one night stay
  7. Prohibit extended stay customers for more than 7 days
  8. Require at check-in a valid government-issued photo identification of all maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
  9. Require all visitors (no more than 2 per room) to check in at the front desk and provide valid government-issued photo identification and maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
  10. Require at check in a valid credit card of all customers and issue parking tag to all customers and visitors
  11. Engage two or more licensed peace officers for on-premises patrol and security of the Properties
  12. Eliminate all pornographic, adult or XXX cable or satellite to rooms
  13. Prohibit customers and visitors from entering the Properties that have been arrested or participated in criminal activity on the Properties
  14. Conduct criminal background checks on all employees
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If Motel 6 fails to cease and desist from creating and maintaining a common nuisance at the property within a time allowed by the Court, Harris County, the City of Houston, or any other political subdivision having jurisdiction over the Motel 6 property, may

  • discontinue the furnishing of utility services by the political subdivision to the place at which the nuisance exists
  • prohibit the furnishing of utility service to the place by any public utility holding a franchise to use the streets and alleys of the political subdivision
  • revoke the certificate of occupancy of the place
  • prohibit the use of city streets, alleys, and other public ways for access to the place during the existence of the nuisance or in furtherance of the nuisance

The County Attorney’s office told the Houston Chronicle that these types of suits could take anywhere from a few months to a year before seeing a resolution.

In a public meeting Thursday evening, Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy, Michael Combest reminded residents who see illegal activity happening to call the constable’s office and report the offense.

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Tomball Police Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Burglary Duo

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Tomball, Texas – October 16th, 2017 (Tomball Police Department): On October 10, 2017, the suspects in this picture burglarized a vehicle and then used the victim’s credit card at various locations in Tomball. The Tomball Police Department is seeking your help in trying to identify the suspects.

If you have any information on these individuals, or about the case please contact Detective David White at (281)290-1020 or [email protected], or Officer J. Littell at 281-290-1379 or [email protected]

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iPhone’s Ripped off Display at Spring T-Mobile Store

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Spring, Texas – October 16th, 2017: On October 9, 2017, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the T-Mobile Store located at 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring, Texas in reference to a theft.

Upon arrival, Deputies learned that a black male entered the T-Mobile and walked up the iPhone 8 cell phone display and ripped a Gold iPhone 8 Plus and a Grey iPhone 8 from the display with enough force to break them free of the security lanyards they were attached too. The suspect then exited the store and ran east through the parking lot before leaving in a white passenger car southbound on I-45.

The suspect is described as approximately 6’2-6’4 with a muscular build and was wearing dirty “work” jeans and boots. 

If you have any information about these burglaries, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 936-760-5800 and refer to case# 17A305206.

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