Spring | Klein Edition - March 2020

SPRING KLEIN EDITION

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The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has taken the rst step in a new eort to revitalize the FM 1960 corridor, which local property owners and ocials said has become infamous for its decline in economic activity over the last few decades. The chamber signed a contract in late January with Hawes Hill & Associates, an economic development rm, to assist in the creation and administration of a management district along FM 1960 between Hwy. 249 and I-45. Upon creation, the management district CONTINUED ON 32 Management district to improve FM1960 gets closer to reality BY ADRIANA REZAL AND HANNAH ZEDAKER

Nonprots, lawenforcement ramp up eorts to address homelessness in Spring, Klein

“WE CAN END HOMELESSNESS… IFWE TRUST ONE ANOTHERAND WORKAS A TEAM. BUT ONEMAN CAN’T DO IT. … EVERYBODYHAS TO COME TOGETHER.” LITTLE RAY, FORMER HOPE CENTER HOUSTON GUEST

Once one of the hundreds of homeless individuals who called the FM 1960 corridor home, Little Ray and his wife, Brenda, received help fromHope Center Houston and now operate Flight 23 from a storage unit behind the day shelter.

BY ADRIANA REZAL

Having struggled with homelessness for more than 20 years, southwest Houston native Little Ray came to the Spring and Klein area in 2018 in search of resources that could help. After nding Hope Center Houston, Ray was able to start a busi- ness repairing bikes as a way to get back on his feet while providing a service to the area. Today, Ray and his wife, Brenda, are residents of Greenspoint and operate their business, Flight 23, out of a storage container behind Hope Center

Houston. In January, they opened a second loca- tion along FM 1960 where Ray said he plans to begin installing motors on the bikes. “My business is basically to inspire people that if I can do it, they can,” Ray said. Ray is just one of hundreds of individuals in the Spring and Klein community who have found help through Hope Center Houston, a homeless day center located along the corridor. As the demand CONTINUED ON 30

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