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CCPPI is also pleased to be a part of the Southerners for Medicaid Expansion Coalition, a coalition of organizations and individuals from the eight Southern states that have not expanded Medicaid. We are organizing to show the nation that “we can unite to ensure affordable healthcare for our people and fight the legacy of slavery and racial injustice that has plagued our region.” 


You can take action now:

To sign the petition to join us and fight for the uninsured people of the South, click here

To read the letter we signed on to President Biden and our national leaders, click here.



Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 12pm



Join us tomorrow at 12PM for the next event in our Think and Do lunch series!  The Hobby School of Public Affairs' Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership and the Center for Civic & Public Policy Improvement are hosting a virtual conversation with Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, Deputy Director of the Children's Defense Fund-Texas, about the importance of expanding Medicaid in Texas and the impact this policy change would have on the health of Texas children and families. 


Register here for this free event:

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Voter Rights, Accessibility, and Suppression in Harris County, A virtual conversation with Raven Douglas, Political Director at MOVE Texas


Join CCPPI in partnership with the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs for the Think and Do Lunch Series:  Voter Rights, Accessibility, and Suppression in Harris County, A virtual conversation with Raven Douglas, Political Director at MOVE Texas. 


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with Bakari T. Sellers



Paula Myrick Short, Provost
Senator Kirk Watson, Founding Dean
Hobby School of Public Affairs

cordially invite you to
The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture Series

Keynote Speaker
Bakari T. Sellers 

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. He is currently a CNN contributor, providing political and social commentary and analysis.

Live Stream Event
Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

To register, visit

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Local, State, and National Updates:

Affordable Housing Development Continues
As our nation and city continue to endure the unknowns of COVID-19, safe construction progress has continued at two sites located in the Emancipation Avenue corridor.  Construction on the Emancipation One Affordable Housing Operations Center (AHOC) and the Emancipation Two St. Charles residences continues at an on-target completion rate, pending any significant weather delays.  Expected to be completed by December 2020, the AHOC stands five-stories tall with an architectural design that seamlessly integrates with and complements the beauty of the historic Emancipation Park. The significance of the steadily approaching AHOC completion date is that the vision of creating a space where organizations and people who are focused on positively impacting affordable housing opportunities, or enhancing related social determinants, will synergistically interact to improve community outcomes is swiftly becoming a reality. Potential tenants, some of whom committed to moving into the space prior to the groundbreaking,  are sending follow-up inquiries and working on floor plan configurations.  New tenancy inquiries are also coming in and are being passed to the commercial realtor for the building. For those interested learning more about tenancy opportunities, please feel free to directly contact either George Wyche, Jr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ed Ryland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of ARVO Realty Advisors (713.952.5066).

Affordable Housing Operations Center (AHOC)
Construction Updates through August 24, 2020


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Insulation placed on roof drain piping in office building.


Fire Barrier caulking material prior to placement in office building.


Fire Barrier caulking material installed at interface of floor and curtain wall in office building.


Worker uses lift to install HVAC duct in office building.


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Work crew installs exterior sheetrock at 5th floor patio in office building.


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Installed east interior wall for community room in office building.


Crew installs windows with waterproofing in place on west side of office building.


Installed electrical wires and cabinets in office building.


Stairs and framing installed at southwest corner of garage.


By: Jordan Everett, Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement Intern 
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work - MSW candidate 


As a member of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), CCPPI continues to fight for housing equity, reduced homellessness and eviction prevention through participation in national advocacy campaigns of the organization.  Check out the links below to learn more about current issues and join the fight for improved housing conditions for all.

  • HEROES Act Provisions - The HEROES Act proposes nearly $200 billion in additional funding for housing.  To see an overview of the provisions of the HEROES Act Analysis click here.
  • Tell Congress to Take Action - Did you know that 30-40 million people may lose their homes? Please click here to tell Congress to take immediate action to ensure housing stability.
  • CBC Housing Town Hall - If you missed the Congressional Black Caucus Virtual Town Hall with Housing Advocates featuring Al Green, Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district, in a discussion about housing and housing insecurity, please click here to watch.   


CCPPI is an endorsing partner in the #SickOfItTX movement, which has recently focused efforts around Medicaid expansion.  This movement also seeks to ensure that healthcare expansion remains a number one issue during the upcoming legislative session.  To learn more about how you can get involved and take action now, please go to this link to access the #SickOfItTX web page.

Recently, #SickofItTX and Texas Organizing Project teamed up to host a panel entitled Take Racism Out of Healthcare! to discuss racial bias in our healthcare systems. To view the discussion click on the following link: #SickofItTX and Texas Organizing Project Panel - Watch Here.
The following are a few pertinent health and healthcare related presentations and articles worth checking out if you missed them!


2020 Census   
Fill out your 2020 Census Here: Respond to the 2020 Census It takes 10 minutes!

On August 3, 2020 the Census Bureau issued a statement to announce they will end field data collection and self-response for the 2020 Census by September 30, 2020. Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short by a Month

Historically, Black communities have been disproportionately undercounted on the U.S census. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this reality as outreach, particularly to marginalized communities is difficult during a time of social distancing. The census is the basis for Congressional representation, redrawing legislative boundaries, to allocate funds to vital programs like SNAP and Medicaid, and to provide federal dollars for communities’ schools, housing, roads, and hospitals. 

3rd Ward Census Car Caravan will be September 19th from 5PM - 7PM Sign up here for the 2020 Census 3rd Ward "We Count" Caravan The Caravan will begin and end at Trinity United Methodist Church: 2600 Holman St., 77004 . You will be required to decorate your car with your organizations' and Census decor. 

Here is some more important information regarding 2020 Census:
Being Undercounted in the Census Costs Minority Communities Millions of Dollars 
The Pandemic May Leave Communities of Color Undercounted in the Census - And Cost Them Billions

To Take Action to Extent the Reporting Deadlines: Sign On to Advocate to Extend the Census Deadline Link
Voting Rights: Minimizing Voter Suppression and Maximizing Voter Turnout
CCPPI works with Houston in Action’s Voter Engagement Group, a collaboration of agencies working to register voters, get out the vote, and challenge barriers that have systematically blocked marginalized communities from accessing their right to vote.
Important Election Dates for the November 3 Election

To learn more about voting safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Texas:
Voting During COVID State Safety Requirements
Texas is one of 10 states without online voter registration, this is especially limiting to ensure voters are registered during the public health crisis.
To register safely you can Print This Form, Fill it Out, and Mail it to the Voter Registrar in Your County
You can also receive help registering if you don’t have a printer from Move Texas: Click Here!
Because of the pandemic, the presidential election will rely heavily on mail-in voting this year. There is national concern surrounding the defunding of the United States Postal Service and how that could lead to disenfranchising millions of voters come November. 
Local Election Leaders fear attacks on mail-in voting foreshadow voter suppression

What You Can Do to Resist Voter Suppression with Mail-In Voting:  How to stop the attacks on the USPS
Watch: The Vital Role of the Postal Service in U.S Elections
An update to this news:  USPS to Suspend Changes until After the Election/Mail-In Voting Explained Video
Some good news for Early Voting and Voting Rights in Texas:  The Early Voting Period will begin on Oct 13th instead of Oct 19th
On August 25th, Harris County Commissioner’s Court voted in favor of providing an additional $17 millions to the County Clerk;s Office to administer the November election. A big win for voting rights and running a safe election!
Women earned the right to vote in August of 1920, 100 years ago. There is still much work to be done to ensure voting rights includes all women.
Photographs of Black Suffragists offer invaluable documents of their thwarted and central roles in the history of women's rights

The Texas Black Caucus recently introduced the George Floyd Bill, a bill to address a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. To learn more about the bill and view the press conference, which included remarks made by members of the Texas Black Caucus and members of George Floyd’s family, please click select the links below. 
Link to Watch Press Conference
Link to Bill: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020

Additionally, the Baker Institute for Public Policy recently hosted a panel to consider comprehensive strategies to address challenges facing women involved in the criminal justice system.  To learn more about this issue and the impacts go to the link below.
Watch a Heavy Burden to Bear: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Women
Check out our Social Media Pages for updates on CCPPI’s work, local advocacy efforts, and national news on the topics of housing, healthcare, education, and criminal justice and safety.

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Virtual panel discussion on Black Health



Health Disparities Zoom Video


You can click here to view Dr. Woodard's slides.
You can click here to view Dr. Obasi's slides.



Dr. LeChauncy D. Woodward, M.D., M.P.H.,FACP
Dr. Ezemenari M. Obasi, Ph.D.
State Representative Garnet F. Coleman
Moderator Sean Haley, Ph.D.



Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement
University of Houston College of Medicine
University of Houston Health Research Institute
University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs





A multi-generational perspective on change


Authored By:Algenita Davis
Algenita Scott Davis, (Baby Boomer)
Former president, National Bar Association & Houston Lawyers Association

In Dr. Martin Luther King’s last major book, “Where Do We go from Here: Chaos or Community,” he prescribes the courage necessary to dampen the fires of hell, saying, “No great victories are won in a war for the transformation of a whole people without total participation.”

America is undergoing a transformation, especially concerning the issue of police reform. The steps of President Barack Obama’s 2015 community policing plan required that every mayor immediately work to enact the provisions of his reform. Every mayor, city and county leader should have been held accountable to put these measures in place. This is a single item agenda for the electorate.   Read More...



Authored By:
Sean Haley, Ph.D.


Today we march in solidarity with the family of George Floyd, tomorrow we press forward with an elevated commitment to taking actions that create meaningful change in and around the Houston Greater Third Ward neighborhood areas where George Floyd lived, learned and spread love to others.

It is without hesitation that we at the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement (CCPPI) lift our hands toward the sky and reiterate the mantra “We Can’t Breathe” in peaceful protest against the violent legacy of brutality that police officers have perpetrated on immeasurable numbers of Black people, and Black men specifically!  Change must occur now.  The evidence is clear.  Systemic methods of attack on people of African descent in our nation, such as the deliberate use of violent forms of policing during and following the incomprehensibly brutal period of enslavement, are an incessant part of our history with   Read More...




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The historic fight against national, and global, spread of COVID-19 is truly a defining moment. The impacts of this pandemic are far reaching and the devastating effects are being felt across all sectors and by all members of our society. From a national and local vantage point, the reality has set in that this highly communicable virus is non-discriminatory in terms of who can contract it, so all must take precaution.



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June 2019

During the 86th Texas Legislative Session an integral part of our advocacy approach included strategic partnerships with the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas (CDF-Texas).  At the heart of the work were grants that we awarded to CPPP and CDF-TX that provided interns and enhanced advocacy and research teams.  The results of the capacity added to each organization through the partnerships were promising and the impacts of these partnerships on the interns involved and policy advocacy accomplished were exciting to see!  We are currently preparing to host post-session wrap-up meetings in the Houston area and will provide more details about this upcoming activity in the near future.

To browse through reviews of session highlights, accomplishments, and intern experiences, click on the links below:

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CDF-Texas policy posts, blogs & intern experiences

At CCPPI we remain particularly focused on improving civic and public policy around issues pertaining to health and healthcare, safety and criminal justice, education and affordable housing.

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