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TTEF civically engages the historically disengaged in underserved neighborhoods. TTEF works alongside residents to help them develop essential civic skills, become educated on issues and organized, and build upon their own strengths to achieve the changes their communities want and need.
TTEF was established in August 2006 to actively engage historically disengaged Harris County communities in issues that affect their lives. TTEF believes that people become civically engaged to improve their communities and lives when they address issues important to them, learn concrete skills that allow them to address these issues, and see measurable results from their efforts.
Since its inception, TTEF has civically engaged residents in large, historically disengaged, modest-to-lower income minority areas outside Harris County's urban core, including Aldine, Alief and Gulfton, South Central Houston, North Spring Branch/Northwest, Magnolia Park, and Pasadena/Channelview. We have knocked on the doors of over 45,000 lower-income homes, held hundreds of community meetings, and engaged thousands of modest-to-lower income residents in dozens of projects to improve their communities. Because the civic engagement projects are chosen by the residents, they include a wide variety of activities, from supporting an area health clinic for young families in Aldine, to establishing neighborhood crime watch programs in Pasadena and Alief, to working with Harris County to fix drainage problems in Aldine, to creating a community garden in Magnolia Park in order to promote healthy lifestyles, to petitioning the City of Houston to improve Alief's community centers, to developing a resident-led Resource Center at a large apartment complex in Alief.