HOUSTON TACKLES BOARDING HOUSES!

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Thursday officers with the Houston Police Department’s Mental Health Division will meet with Houston Councilmember Ed Gonzalez and community partners to introduce the department’s boarding home investigative team and educate everyone on the upcoming City of Houston Boarding Home Ordinance.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Houston Sobering Center at 150 North Chenevert.  Mental Health Division officers will be available from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for media interviews. 

Media may obtain b-roll of the meeting from 10 to 10:15 a.m.
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The goal of the meeting is to educate various city employees, law enforcement and social service agencies on the ordinance with a goal of ensuring all team members work collaboratively to improve the quality of life for individuals living in Houston boarding homes. 

The Houston City Council on July 24th passed an ordinance calling for the regulation of “Boarding Homes” within the City of Houston. The ordinance amends Chapters 1 and 28 of the code of ordinances and regulates unlicensed facilities within the City of Houston.A boarding home or boarding home facility means an establishment that:(1)   Furnishes, in one or more buildings, lodging to three or more persons with disabilities or elderly persons unrelated to the owner of the establishment by blood or marriage; and(2)   Provides residents with community meals, light housework, meal preparation, transportation, grocery shopping, money management, laundry services, or assistance with self -administration of medication, but does not provide personal care services as defined by Section 247.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to those persons.The ordinance exempts certain facilities that have state licenses. (Sec 28-452)The Ordinance requires a registration, fire inspection, records retention, reporting, and criminal background checks of owners and employees.  Registration packets will be mailed to boarding home operators in October and enforcement begins November 25.Additional information on the ordinance may be found at:   http://www.houstontx.gov/council/h/committee/20130625/boardinghomes.pdf or by contacting 311, the City of Houston Helpline.