Fresh Start Resource Fair
Next EventWhat: Fresh Start
When: Saturday, Feb 10, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Hester House
2020 Solo St.
Houston, Texas 77020
Fifth Ward/Harris County Precinct One
- Fresh Start Criminal Record Screening and Sealing
- Housing Rights Workshop for Landlords & Tenants
- BAYOU City Community Court
- Harris County Criminal Courts at Law
- Harris County Precinct One
- Harris County Public Defender’s Office
- Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department
- Harris County District Courts
- Harris County Civil Courts at Law
- Neighborhood Defender Service of Texas
- Houston Apartment Association
Pre-registration opens at noon on Monday, Jan. 22 for the February Fresh Start criminal record sealing event.
BAYOU City Community Court
Launched in 2022, BAYOU — Bringing Assistance to You with Outreach and Understanding — City Community Court serves as the community outreach arm of the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law. The initiative builds upon the criminal misdemeanor judges’ restorative approach to criminal justice, which aims to identify and address root causes of crime, stop the cycle of recidivism, and make the community safer in the process. The work of the community court focuses on rehabilitative justice, as well as community education, outreach, and service.
Offered under the community court, Fresh Start helps eligible community members change their trajectory after experiences with the criminal justice system by sealing their eligible criminal records and connecting them various community resources at quarterly Fresh Start events.
Once the charges are sealed, they no longer have to be disclosed publically — on job or housing applications, for example — but can still be viewed by criminal justice agencies.
Ultimately, the second-chance program aims to help people meet their basic needs, reduce recidivism, and make communities safer. It is offered in partnership with the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Harris County Criminal Courts at Law, and Harris County District Courts.
Fresh Start Criminal Record Screening & SealingYou must pre-register online to access Fresh Start criminal record screening and sealing. Legal staff will review your criminal history and determine your eligibility prior to the event. Eligible participants must attend the coordinating Fresh Start event in person on the day of the event to receive assistance.
Registration for the February event begins at noon on Monday, Jan. 22, and closes Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. – or sooner if all spaces are full.
Please note: Space is limited and spots often fill quickly. Sign up for news and updates below to receive pre-registration reminders.
Know Your Rights Housing Workshop for Landlords and Tenants*The Know Your Rights Housing Workshop for Landlords and Tenants aims to help both landlords and tenants better understand their housing rights. The repeating, come-and-go sessions include a brief presentation and time for Q&A. Sessions will focus on topics such as contracts, expectations, landlord and tenant rights, and the eviction process.
The workshop is offered by BAYOU City Community Court in partnership with the Harris County Civil Courts at Law, Neighborhood Defender Service of Texas, and the Houston Apartment Association together with Hoover Slovacek Law Firm.
Registration for the February workshop begins at noon on Monday, Jan. 22, and closes Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m.
Registration is encouraged but not required: https://bit.ly/FSHousingRights. Walk-ins are accepted.