Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities

A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods

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Serving people from all over the world who call Houston home

Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Immigration

May 2, 2017 -- “I know there are a lot of immigrant & refugee families and children who are afraid and worried right now about what might happen to them. I want them to know that Houston is, and always has been, a welcoming city, where we value and appreciate diversity. HPD is not the Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency. We don’t profile, and we are not going to start profiling people to determine whether they are here illegally. It hasn’t happened under previous mayors, and it will not happen under my administration.”

Mayor Creates Office of New Americans
Office Will Help Immigrants Access City Services, Implement Welcoming City Plan

December 12, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the creation of the Office of New Americans to improve access to City services for all Houstonians.  The office, formerly known as the Office of International Communities, will serve as a clearinghouse for information and engagement with Houston’s thriving immigrant community and work with a task force of stakeholders to develop the City’s Welcoming Houston program.  The task force will submit its assessment of service needs and gaps and recommendations for enhanced coordination between the city and community organizations early next year. Read more ...

The Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities reaches out to Houston’s diverse community of immigrants, ex-patriates and refugees to facilitate their successful civic, economic and cultural integration as members of our community.

By partnering with stakeholders and community-based organizations to offer programs, services, and signature events, the Office of New Americans seeks to build the capacity of Houston to welcome and integrate its diverse citizenry.

Explore our services and signature events by clicking the images below or contact us directly for all questions, inquiries or suggestions.

Ethnicity and Languages Spoken Statistics

Request the Mayor’s participation at an event:
After completing an online request for the mayor to attend an event, please send an email with complete details about the event to  Be sure to include the name of the event in the subject line.

Request a Proclamation:

For more information about Boards and Commissions, you can go to the website at Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your application.

The Mayor’s Advisory Council of New Americans
The Mayor’s Advisory Council of New Americans, known formerly as the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MACIRA), advises the City on strategies for effective community outreach and services to Houston’s diverse and flourishing international community ...  More ... 

ONA Signature Initiatives
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National Partner Organizations
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