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August 6, 2009

Dear Community Residents,

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YOU CAN BE A HOUSTON HOPE HOMEOWNER!

We are proud to announce that as of August 2009, Houston Hope has helped hundreds of families to own quality affordable homes in improved areas of the city. 

Houston Hope is Mayor Bill White's action plan to improve several of Houston's historic neighborhoods by coordinating public safety programs, restoring existing homes, providing quality new affordable homes, and improving infrastructure and drainage.

Qualified homebuyers may receive up to $37,500 in downpayment assistance to purchase a home in a targeted area. We closed 130 homes in 2008 and provided $3.2 million in downpayment assistance. You can be the next homeowner!

Increased Household Income Limits
The household limits for the Workforce Housing Downpayment Assistance program have been increased from 110% to 120% of the Houston area median income. If your income exceeded the limits before, you may now qualify for downpayment assistance. To view the new income requirements, visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/houstonhope/qualify.html

Free Homebuyer Education Workshops hosted by Tejano Center Housing and the City of Houston
Register by calling 713 673-1080
Location:  Raul Yzaguirre School for Success at 2950 Broadway St. Houston, TX 77017

Classes in English on the following Saturdays from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

*August 8 and 22              *September 12 and 26              *October 10 and 24

Classes in Spanish on the following Saturdays from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

*August 1, 15 and 29               *September 19                *October 3, 17 and 31

Community News - Acres Homes
This is your opportunity to own a beautiful Energy Star efficient home located in the Acres Homes HOPE area. Downpayment assistance up to $37,500 is available for qualified buyers, and up to $39,900 for police officers, fire fighters, and teachers. Chesmar Homes is building several homes on Sunnyhill (off of Victory, near Sylvester Turner Park). Visit these homes and you will see why Chesmar Homes was awarded "Builder of the Year" in 2008. Both one- and two-story plans, offering 3-4 bedrooms with two-car garage, covered patio (4 bdrm plan only); includes decorative ceiling fans and light fixtures, ceramic tile in all wet areas, alarm system, fenced backyard, front yard landscaping, and window blinds. Contact Tricia Frazier, of Keller Williams Realty at 832- 233-7215 with any questions and to schedule your appointment to see these homes today!

Community News - Acres Homes and Sunnyside
Newly Constructed Homes in Acres Homes, near the Library and the Police Station (off West Montgomery). Please feel FREE to DRIVE BY: 7917, 7915, 7913 Sealey, Houston, TX 77088

Also, visit these homes under construction in Sunnyside (Near Ethel Young Elementary School off Bellfort at Comal). 8405 and 8409 Comal

Call Uplift 4th Ward, Inc., CDC at: 832-922-1303 or email: Uplift4thward@ymail.com

Community News - Trinity Gardens
Greater Houston Development, Inc. in partnership with NID will host two homebuyer workshops August 15 and 29 at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ community building, 7725 Sandra off 59 N. and E. Crosstimbers. For more info call 713-635-2300.

Community News - Trinity Gardens, Fifth Ward and Settegast
VNV is building in Near Northeast Houston, Trinity Gardens, Fifth Ward and Settegast. All  homes offered are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. With the downpayment assistance program through the City of Houston your house payment could be between $372.00 to $472.00 for 30 yrs. which will include taxes, insurance, principle and interest. Call to find out more details. Stop throwing away your money by renting. Call VNV Homes today at 832-921-9334. 

Please visit the following Website links to learn about homeownership in Houston Hope neighborhoods:

If you're interested in a Houston Hope neighborhood, please contact:

Acres Homes

Acres Homes CDC
713-692-1155
or www.acreshomescdc.org

Dominion CDC
713-957-2789

Burghli Homes
713-691-3948
or www.burghlihomes.com

Chesmar Homes
281-598-1111
or www.chesmar.com

Star Builders
281-630-8455
or starbuilder3@aol.com

Independence Heights
Catholic Charities
713-874-6736
or bkol@catholiccharities.org
Near Northside

Avenue CDC
713-864-9099
or www.avenuecdc.org

Burghli Homes
713-691-3948
or www.burghlihomes.com

Settegast

Guiding Light CDC
713-640-9050
or www.guidinglightcdchomes.com

Houston Habitat for Humanity
713-671-9993
or www.houstonhabitat.org

FEI Homes
281-831-2297
or jlf@hcapsol.com

Sunnyside

Guiding Light CDC
713-640-9050
or www.guidinglightcdchomes.com

Holmes CDC
713-731-9116
or www.holmescdc.com

Sunnyside Place CDC
713-731-7050

Bainbridge Builders
281-681-3703
or asteele@nextdayapproval.com

Burghli Homes
713-691-3948
or www.burghlihomes.com

Majestic Homebuilders
713-413-8300
or www.majestichomebuilders.com

Mayberry Homes
713-523-8585
or www.mayberryhomes.net

SEKA Investments
713-269-0754

Fifth Ward

Fifth Ward CRC
713-674-0175
or www.fifthwardcrc.org

Tejano CDC
713-673-1080
or www.tccc-ryss.org

Bainbridge Builders
281-681-3703
or
asteele@nextdayapproval.com

FEI Homes
281-831-2297
or jlf@hcapsol.com

Mayberry Homes
713-523-8585
or www.mayberryhomes.net

Pedraza Construction
281-970-4834
or www.pedrazagroup.com

Trinity Gardens

Greater Houston Development Incorporated
713-635-6941
or rcurtis9518@yahoo.com

Guiding Light CDC
713-640-9050
or www.guidinglightcdchomes.com

Bainbridge Builders
281-681-3703
or asteele@nextdayapproval.com

Image Homes
832-724-1760
or freddl@sbcglobal.net

Lazer Homes
281-437-5319
or www.lazerhomesinc.com

If you would like to learn more about Houston Hope, please call 713-522-HOME or visit www.houstonhopehomes.org. If you are a builder and would like to partner with a HUD Certified Community Development Corporation to build in any of the targeted Houston Hope Neighborhoods, please go to www.houstontx.gov/lara.