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A Message from Mayor Sylvester Turner

Welcome to the COVID-19 Recovery website. Here you will find the City of Houston’s COVID-19 recovery approach led by the Relief and Recovery Czar, Marvin Odum and his team.

COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Team

On April 20, 2020, Mayor Sylvester Turner named Marvin Odum as the City of Houston COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Czar.

Health Equity Response (H.E.R.) Task Force

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the H.E.R. Task Force to protect Houston’s most at-risk and vulnerable residents from acquiring and spreading the COVID-19 virus and ensure the city’s most impacted communities have access to the information and supplies they need to stay healthy.

Houston Health Department

The threat COVID-19 poses to our community right now is higher than ever. There is severe and uncontrolled spread between our families, friends and communities. It’s vital that we reduce the number of people getting sick so there are enough hospital beds for everyone who needs one.

Harris County Recovery Czar State Rep. Armando Walle and City of Houston COVID-19 Recovery Czar Marvin Odum announced the new task force during a Thursday press conference at the Precinct 7 JP Courthouse.

Housing Stabilization Task Force

As Harris County courts slowly begin eviction dockets, city and county leaders are launching  a new task force to help families and individuals affected by evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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June 12, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and intensified health inequities in communities where people were already struggling. Combined with new economic challenges, some of our neighbors now face increased food insecurity as well as little-to-no resources to acquire items for novel coronavirus protection and to maintain general health.
June 12, 2020
May 18, 2020
To effectively navigate through the global coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Sylvester Turner has updated the Resilient Houston plan to include a COVID-19 addendum to guide the city’s response to this public health crisis and associated economic impacts. Resilient Houston is the city’s strategy for responding and recovering from unexpected shocks and…
May 18, 2020