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The Pleasantville community is a food desert community – Proximity to grocery stores with fresh/healthy food options and inadequate public transportation contribute to this designation.
ACTS has implemented multiple approaches to provide support to the community
⋅ Monthly food distributions through partnerships with Charity Productions and Houston Food Bank
⋅ Partnership with W. S. Holland Middle School in the expansion of the school garden
⋅ COVID monthly food distributions in partnership with Target Hunger
We are very excited to announce a community grant from Port Houston that will financially support the W.S. Holland Middle School project to build a greenhouse for sustainability and resiliency. The learning experience will expose students to the farm to table movement. Students and the community will benefit from the access to healthy food options.
We try to stay on top of the stories and issues that most affect the communities of Houston. In doing so here are a few of our note-worthy projects.
ACTS endeavors to improve the quality of life for residents not only in Pleasantville but adjoining communities as well. We will encourage healthy living for multi-generations, identify and implement strategies to improve air quality and reduce exposure to hazardous materials, partner with other agencies for resources and seek solutions for flood mitigation
The residents of Pleasantville identified air quality as one of the top five priorities for the community in January 2018. By November 2019, the community-led air monitoring network was being implemented. Today the network consists of a total of 8 low-cost monitors measuring both particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrous dioxide (NO2). Monthly reports are generated to document air quality measurements. This information is also available on this website.
What are some of the advantages/benefits of being able to access this air monitoring information
- Residents have 24-hour internet access to view the devices
- End users can create graphs
- Color coding allows easy identification for readings
- The data has led to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) delegated state agency by the EPA is supporting placing a federal equivalent monitor (FEM) in the Pleasantville community by December 2022
In follow up to the Community Survey Results the following gaps have been identified
- Access to healthcare - The East Houston Regional Medical Center, was permanently closed in 2017 due to extensive damages from Hurricane Harvey.
- (2) Disaster Response - ACTS will provide public health preparedness information. For example, when asked, 29.3% of households in the surveyed area reported that they did not know what to do if asked to shelter in place.
- (3) Infrastructure improvements remain on the table for funding to minimize flooding of a community that is not in a designated flood plain.
Discrepancies identified in Environmental Impact Study (EIS).
- The EIS Study states there will be no environmental justice (EJ) issues associated with the implementation
- The disproportionate high adverse health and environmental impacts to the EJ communities is not included.
- There is no transparency in the data. The study falls short in its analysis of individual census tracts.
- Information regarding current capacities of dredge placement areas with the predictions of future dredge requirements is not very clear.
- The phrase “cultural impacts” is not well defined as it can be different in each neighborhood. What will change in each neighborhood?
- Glendale PA has not been in use in over 40 years. What plans have been executed to fortify the site against future dike breeches?