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Neighborhood Cleanups Target Properties With City Code Violations

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Mayor Annise Parker Launches Make Safe Saturday

Neighborhood Cleanups Target Properties with City Code Violations


Houston Mayor Annise Parker kicked off a brand new city program in Sunnyside over the weekend.  Make Safe Saturday, which will occur every quarter, targets cleanup projects with city code violations for which the owners have received notices and have failed to take action to correct the problems.  Many such properties are not only neighborhood eyesores but also often serve as havens for crime. 


At the kick off for Make Safe Saturday, city crews and community volunteers cleaned up seven blighted properties in the 5100 block of Mallow Street in Sunnyside.  A total of 96 blighted properties will be cleaned by the end of March 2013 as apart of this quarter's effort.


Make Safe Saturday is a collaborative effort between the Department of Neighborhoods Inspections and Public Service division (IPS), Public Works and Engineering Department (PWE) and Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) to board abandoned homes, clear weeds, mow overgrown lots and remove heavy trash and debris.  BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC) is assisting with stray animal control in the targeted areas.  The Houston Police Department (HPD) is handling security at the work sites.  Keep Houston Beautiful is providing equipment, materials and supplies for the cleanup. 


The next Make Safe Saturday is scheduled for June 2013.  Residents, civic groups and local businesses are needed to help with to help with beautification projects, de-littering, mowing and the removal of trash and debris from abandoned buildings. Donations of supplies and materials by local businesses are welcome.  To find out how you can help, contact Andrea Jackson-Taylor at andrea.jackson@houstontx.gov or 832.394.0660.


For more information visit BARC at www.houstontx.gov/barc, IPS at www.houstontx.gov/ips, HPD at www.houstonpolice.org, PWE at www.houstonpublicworks.org and SWMD at www.houstonsolidwaste.org.


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