Evictions during COVID-19 across Greater Houston

Evictions are on the rise in Houston. As the Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn continues to batter Texas and the Greater Houston region, millions of families are wondering how they’re going to be able to pay the bills. According to a recent Census Bureau survey, 37% of adults in the Houston metropolitan area either missed […]

After six federal disasters in five years, why do we not fully prepare?

Fellow Houstonians, we are one month into the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Experts predict another above-average hurricane season this year — meaning we could see more storms active in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast. Indeed, the beginning of the season has already been very active. Houstonians have experienced the devastation and loss from six […]

Stand Together: A Call to Action from Houston Coalition Against Hate

Mother nature has shaken us to the core. Everything we thought we believed and valued is being challenged and tested. She is calling our selves to ourselves. She is moving us toward introspection and self-reflection, to self-forgiveness, to self-love, to forgiveness for the greater good, to unconditional love through accountability via our individual character and […]

COVID-19 Recovery and the Ongoing Challenges Facing Houston Entrepreneurs

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Houston’s business community so drastically that no company is too big — or too small — to feel its effects. Even the healthiest businesses have found themselves in need of emergency assistance to stave off layoffs or permanent closure as a result of plummeting levels of consumer spending, stay-home […]

Words of Unity: 14 Texas Voices Inspiring Hope in Our Region

The strength and substance of our communities at their best are defined by what we do during times of turmoil. Houston is a do community. In times of peace and crisis, we work together and strive to make Houston a more vibrant place. Our strength is also defined by the words and perspectives we offer […]

Seven Neighborhood-Level Data Tools to Know and Use

Neighborhoods matter. Where we live has a profound impact on our lives in ways we don’t always understand. Maps and dashboards that provide quality-of-life data at the neighborhood-level are a key piece to the puzzle of understanding communities. Understanding Houston focuses on county-level data to measure how the region performs overall and across time, but […]

COVID-19’s potential impact in Greater Houston, by the numbers

COVID-19 has upended lives around the globe, and Houston is no exception. We continue to hear the worst is yet to come, but it’s difficult to fully comprehend what that means or take proper action without context. To mitigate the effects of this global public health crisis in our region, we must understand the scope […]

Making Houston History Today: 6 Black Changemakers you Should Know

From political leaders and activists to landscape-shifting scientists, musicians and astronauts, the contributions of Black changemakers are embedded in Houston’s identity. And looking forward, there’s no sign of that changing any time soon.  More Houstonians have access to health care, more is being done to protect our air quality, and more of our most vulnerable […]

Understanding Houston’s launch event a success

Together, we’re measuring what matters to do what matters. The Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) launched Understanding Houston on November 21, 2019 with a luncheon at the Briar Club. Understanding Houston, GHCF’s new regional community indicators initiative, is designed to promote informed, collaborative action for our community. Understanding Houston provides an open, easily-accessible website that […]