This neighborhood has the shortest life expectancy in Harris County. A grant is trying to change that
According to official statistics, the typical inhabitant in the northeast Houston neighborhood of Settegast can expect to live for 66 years, earning the community an unwelcome distinction: It has the lowest average lifespan in Harris County. The typical resident of Settegast can expect to live at least 20 years shorter than the average resident of Clear Lake City, Upper Kirby, and the Energy Corridor. Rivera's neighborhood's low life expectancy has piqued the interest of a number of groups, including the Urban Land Institute Houston, Harris County Public Health, the Houston Land Bank, and the Kinder Institute. The charities and government employees are developing an action plan for Settegast with the help of a $27,000 funding from ULI Houston's parent organization. Rather than attempting to identify the reasons of the neighborhood's low life expectancy, which may be challenging, the organization is turning to people to learn about their most important problems. The method entails recruiting citizens to go door to door and hold forums to obtain information on the challenges that people in Settegast face. So far, Actions for Health Equity in Settegast has held eight focus groups, six listening sessions, and four community presentations.