• Mobile Hurricane Harvey Recovery Center Coming to Huffman, TX

    Council Member Dave Martin would like to make residents aware of an upcoming Mobile Hurricane Harvey Recovery Center event taking place in District E this month. Intake specialists will be available to assist families with guidance on recovery programs and resources under the City of Houston Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP).
    The event will take place on Monday, April 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the May Community Center, 2100 Wolf Road, Huffman, TX 77336.
    If you were affected by  Hurricane  Harvey, please take the Harvey Recovery Survey before the upcoming event:
    The Recovery Survey is a tool to direct residents to the appropriate recovery program and to help the City prioritize those with urgent needs. No documentation is required to take the Recovery Survey, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. While priority will be given to low and moderate income homeowners, assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels. An Intake Specialist will contact you after you complete the Survey regarding next steps.
    If you need assistance filling out the Survey, please call 832-393-0550 or visit one of the stationary HRC’s:
    • Northeast: 9551 N. Wayside, Houston, Texas 77028
    • Northwest: 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77040
    • Southwest: 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77036
    • Southeast: 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston, Texas 77036 (in District E)
    The stationary centers are open Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. These centers are closed on Sundays. For a map, please click here.
    The City received the $1.17 billion for housing recovery through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Texas General Land Office. The recovery funds include the HoAP, which offers five program options including:
    • Reimbursement for completed repairs
    • Homeowner-managed rehabilitation
    • City-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction
    • Buyouts
    • Interim mortgage assistance.
    For more information, regarding this project please contact the Houston Recovery Center by calling 832-393-0550 .
  • Lake Houston Not Releasing Any Water

    Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Lake Houston Area residents aware that he has not requested any lowering of Lake Houston since October of 2018. In February, the lake was lowered by one foot to 41.5 feet, allowing for spillway dam repairs, which was a Houston Public Works maintenance project. After repairs were completed the lake was to be naturally refilled to its normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet during the month of March through regular rain events.

    This March was unseasonably dry which did not allow for the lake to refill as quickly as expected. On April 1, 2019, Lake Conroe began their seasonal release of water to Lake Houston which will result in the release of one foot of water to Lake Houston, bringing Lake Houston back to normal pool elevation of 42.5 feet by the end of the month. The release from Lake Conroe must be controlled and systematic. To monitor the seasonal release you can visit the San Jacinto River Authority’s website  here .

    Council Member Martin has requested that no additional water be released from Lake Houston during this upcoming weekend’s rain event. The holding of any water received due to rain this weekend will assist in speeding up the refill process for Lake Houston. The current level of Lake Houston is 41.5 feet, which is one foot below its normal level. To observe Lake Houston water levels please visit the Coastal Water Authority website  here.
    During last weekend’s inclement weather Council Member Martin advised Houston Public Works that an additional release of water from Lake Houston was NOT necessary due to the lake already being low. However, Houston Public Works without the direction from Council Member Martin released an additional six inches of water on Friday, April 5 from Lake Houston.
    Upon notification from Houston Public Works, which occurred after hours over the weekend, that an additional release had been conducted, Council Member Martin immediately requested the closure of all gates at Lake Houston in an effort to stop the unnecessary release of water. We appreciate resident’s patience as our office works diligently with Houston Public Works to improve communication with residents regarding the operations of Lake Houston.
    As a result of this failure in communication by Houston Public Works, our office has requested the department provide a formal protocol to our office so that we may share with the community. As in the past during inclement weather situations, which predict more than three inches of rain in the San Jacinto Watershed, our office will provide at least 48 hour notification to residents. This advance notification will allow time to secure boats and other water vehicles.

    For more information please contact the District E office by calling (832) 393-3008 or by emailing DistrictE@houstontx.gov .

  • HAR Announces Recommended Candidates For City Council

    HOUSTON — (August 25, 2015) — The Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) Board of Directors announced its decision to support the following candidates for the November 3 Houston City Council Elections:

    Houston City Council, District A – Brenda Stardig
    Houston City Council, District B – Jerry Davis
    Houston City Council, District C – Ellen Cohen
    Houston City Council, District D – Dwight Boykins
    Houston City Council, District E – Dave Martin
    Houston City Council, District F – Richard Nguyen
    Houston City Council, District I – Robert Gallegos
    Houston City Council, District J – Mike Laster
    Houston City Council, District K – Larry Green
    Houston City Council, At-Large 2 – David Robinson
    Houston City Council, At-Large 3 – Michael Kubosh
    Houston City Council, At- Large 5 – Jack Christie

    In making the announcement, HAR Political Affairs Advisory Group Chair Suzanne Page-Pryde applauded the recommended candidates for their commitment to the interests of Houston property owners. “This November, Houston voters have a great opportunity to elect city councilmembers who will truly represent the best interests of property owners. We believe these candidates understand that we must ensure Houston remains a great place to do business and will do what’s right for Houston property owners, which is why we’ve pledged our full support.”

    Houston REALTORS® are involved in the political process at all levels, promoting policies and supporting candidates who advocate for property rights and homeownership in the City of Houston. According to the U.S. Census Current Population Survey, Texas ranks 44 out of 50 states in homeownership. The City of Houston has a 47 percent homeownership rate. Electing public officials who understand homeowners’ concerns and act accordingly is the Association’s top priority.

    2015 HAR Political Affairs Advisory Group member Ed Wolff also weighed in on the recent candidate recommendations. “Governing our great city is a difficult task. It is important that, as REALTORS®, we remember our role as advocates for real property. We must ensure the future of our city is bright, and that our city officials understand what they do affects property values throughout the city. I believe HAR’s recommended candidates have the ability to meet the challenges the city faces head on. We look forward to working with each of them to make this city the best it can be!”

    The Association is not recommending a candidate in the City of Houston Mayoral race or Houston City Council At-Large, Position 1 race at this time.

    The last day to register to vote is Monday, October, 5. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19 and will go through Saturday October, 31.

  • Dave Martin Announces Candidacy

    Houston-Dave Martin has officially filed for Houston City Council Member District E.  The current District E Council Member, Mike Sullivan, is running for Harris County Tax Assessor Collector.  The Special Election to replace him will be the same day as the General Election, Tuesday November 6, 2012.

    Dave was born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University.  He serves as managing director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a Global Fortune 250 Company.  His work background has been dedicated to financial operation and business development

    Dave serves as a Trustee on the Humble ISD School Board; he was first elected 8 years ago.  During this time he has served as President of the Board and the Chairman of the Board Finance Committee.   In 2011, Dave led the charge to alter their Instruction & Curriculum Department.  This led to a reduction in administrative expense and helped many of the operations to be more efficient.

    Dave also serves on the Board of Directors for the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, a volunteer position. Their goal is to attract new revenue into Houston through state of the art sports facilities bringing in major sporting events, entertainment and conventions.

    Dave and his wife Julie have been married for 29 years.  For the last 20 years they have been raising their family in Kingwood.  They are parishioners at St. Martha Catholic Church.  They have been active in area sports program and Dave has coached youth for many years. Dave has been involved with Greater Houston Partnership and a member of “Raise your Hand Texas”, an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting Texas Public Schools.