Houston's 2nd Service Platoon led by Marine veteran Mallory Valle, is actively engaged in preserving the cultural identity of the Independence Heights community.
Independence Heights is a historically African American community dating back to the early 1900s and is known as Houston’s little Harlem, and like Harlem, New York, gentrification is looming in this community where residents have become displaced and homes are now considered eyesores due to the emergence of new housing developments. Additionally, eminent domain is now a threat to residents as the Texas Department of Transportation will soon widen a frequently traveled highway that will undoubtedly cause residents to lose their homes.
Of note, Independence Heights is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey as 65% of homes were damaged by the storm. Harvey is the second hurricane to heavily impact this area in less than ten years. Hurricane Ike flooded the community in 2008.
The Mission Continues will conduct service events in coordination with the Independence Heights Redevelopment council to beautify the community and support Hurricane Harvey related efforts in order to help this community heal. We will collaborate with auxiliary community stakeholders and organization partners in empowering residents to strengthen their community despite the devastation and transformation of their neighborhood.
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