H-GAC had a variety of outstanding applications in 2018. The judges for this year helped us in choosing the winners from these applicants. H-GAC would like to thank them for their time and effort. The 2018 judges were:
Oni Blair - LINK Houston
Ali Fares- Prairie View A&M University
Carolyn Gibson- City Development Corporation of El Campo, Texas
Aimee Schultze – Harris County Public Health
The Connection Award
Award Winner: The RIDES program, Harris County Transit- RIDES Program
The Harris County Transit- RIDES program along with its partners fills in the gaps in transportation for seniors, youth, and the disabled, by providing the opportunity for curb to curb service throughout the region. The program has grown from serving 1,800 residents to over 15,000 residents today.
The Diligence Award
Award Winner: West Houston Association 2060 Plan
In developing the West Houston Association 2060 Plan the WHA demonstrated the importance of follow through and implementation. Before Hurricane Harvey, the draft plan identified that the Houston Region needed approximately $35 billion in regional flood mitigation projects. After Hurricane Harvey, this analysis helped the WHA organize the Houston Stronger Coalition, which advocated the Houston Stronger Plan; this plan was influential in securing federal funding and $2.5 billion in Harris County bonds.
The Reach Award
Award Winner: Complete Communities
The City of Houston’s Complete Communities project works with five underserved Houston communities to help reach their full potential. Through hundreds of community meetings the Planning Department worked with these communities to develop community specific action plans. In August 2018 these plans were approved by City Council. The City continues to work with the communities to implement these approved action plans.
The Opportunity Award
Award Winner: Resiliency Through Regeneration
Resiliency through Regeneration is a plan that explores social equity, flooding, economic development, affordable housing and transportation in South Houston. The plan addresses flood vulnerability through vacant lot regeneration- offering a variety of tools and specific projects to address community needs.
Through connecting these five topics, the plan offers an opportunity to explore possible long-term actions which can create an even more prosperous region.
The Excellence Award
Award Winner: Avenue to Opportunity, Avenue Community Development Corporation
Working in response to community need and insight, Avenue CDC added 95 single-family homes and 192 apartments for families at a range of income levels. Avenue CDC ensured that sustainable building materials, green space, and access to a wide variety of transportation options were central to this project.
Congratulations to all of our 2018 winners! We applaud all of the projects and partners who are working to further the principles of Our Great Region 2040. We look forward to celebrating projects in the years to come. If your organization is thinking to apply for the 2019 awards revisit this site in early Fall 2019.