2.04.2009

Progress made at Houston NBUF building damaged by Hurricane Ike

Written by Jesse Muhammad

The picture to the left is a photo I took on September 14, 2008, the day after Hurricane Ike hit the city of Houston. It's the headquarters of the Houston Chapter of the National Black United Front(NBUF).

It has been four months since Ike slammed the Gulf Coast, but the recovery efforts continue. NBUF was one of the many grassroots organizations impacted by the storm. Their building was severely damaged but local chairman Kofi Taharka recently announced that progress has been made.

"I am pleased to report that this past week that we got a new roof on our building. In addition, we are nearly complete with cleaning out the building just one more room left to clean", said Taharka in an email sent out on Feb. 4. "We are hopeful to begin meeting in the building again in the near future."

According to him, the group has also set a goal to renovate the building in several phases and will be calling on the community to assist in painting, putting in sheet rock, general cleaning and landscaping.

Currently NBUF-Houston is meeting every Monday 7:00pm @ Denny's Restaurant on Southmore/288 Freeway.

(If you would like to make a donation send it to: NBUF-Houston 2428 Southmore, Houston, Texas 77004. Contact them at 713-962-0284 or taharkak@sbcglobal.net)