Meyerland Community Improvement Association
4999 W. Bellfort
Houston, TX 77035
There has been an increase in panhandlers hanging around the esplanades and on the sidewalks at 610 and Beechnut, North and South Braeswood, and at the South Post Oak overpass. We have learned that there is an organized group who has taken on the challenge to remove these panhandlers from the area.
The Greater South Post Oak/West Bellfort Coalition in conjunction with area businesses, schools and homeowners associations are working together to create a “civility zone”
where City of Houston’s civility ordinance, Article XVI, can be enforced. The civility ordinance states that no person can: sit or lie down on a sidewalk or on a blanket, stool, or any other object placed upon a sidewalk between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (with a few exceptions) and to place or deposit any item of bedding materials or personal possessions on a sidewalk between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. (with a few exceptions).
A petition is now in circulation to include our area in the civility ordinance. For Meyerland, Sections 7 and 8 are within the geographic borders of the District “K” Civility Boundary - Zone 1. Once the process is complete, the City Council will review the request, and if adopted, the Houston Police Department will have more authority to move violators out of the area.
If you are a property owner or resident in Section 7 or Section 8 (East/West boundaries are South Braeswood from Chimney Rock to the 610 feeder road and North/South boundaries are South Braeswood to West Bellfort) and would like to sign the petition, please download the Petition form and return the original form to the MCIA office at 4999 West Bellfort. The City will only accept original signatures (no scans or faxes). The deadline to return the signed petition to the MCIA office is Friday, December 2.