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.
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.
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 revue. The Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation may be able to offer a bridge loan while awaiting EIDL funding. Visit our website to learn more.
HGACBuy Cooperative Purchasing staff and awarded contractors are committed to your safety and continuous access to the HGACBuy Contract. Visit our Products & Services page for current products and services. For immediate assistance, view our list of Program Contacts.
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.
The next H-GAC Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for April 21 from 10-11 a.m. H-GAC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. If the decision is made to cancel, postpone, or change the meeting venue, we will notify our stakeholders and the public immediately. For more information about our Board, visit our Board of Directors page or contact Rick Guerrero, director of intergovernmental relations, at Rick.Guerrero@h-gac.com.
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.
Meagan Coughlin, APR Director of Communications Meagan.Coughlin@h-gac.com 713-993-4504
Houston-Galveston Area Council