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December 17, 2009

Dear Community Residents,

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YOU CAN BE A HOUSTON HOPE HOMEOWNER!

Since its inception, Houston Hope has helped hundreds of families to own quality, affordable homes in improved areas of the City of Houston. 

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.

For a limited time, qualified home buyers may receive up to $45,000 in down payment assistance to purchase a home in one of the targeted areas.  Call the Housing and Community Development Department for full details at 713.522.HOME!

Home Buyer Tax Credits
The tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first time home buyers purchasing a principal residence has been extended. Also, qualified repeat home buyers may get a tax credit of up to $6,500. The tax credit now applies to sales occurring on or after January 1, 2009 and on or before April 30, 2010. Learn how you can take advantage of the tax credit to buy the home of your dreams. For more details, visit: http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/index.html.

ENERGY STAR Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS)
HERS uses a standardized evaluation of a home's energy efficiency. HERS ratings provide a relative energy use index called the HERS Index - a HERS Index of 100 represents the energy use of the "Reference Home" (based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code) and an Index of 0 (zero) indicates that the home uses no net purchased energy. The lower a home's HERS Index, the more energy efficient it is in comparison to the HERS Reference Home. For more information about ENERGY STAR and HERS Rating, visit energystar.gov.

45.4.45 Energy Program
When selecting your new home in a Houston HOPE neighborhood, ask your builder if they have any 45.4.45 homes available.  45.4.45 homes are ENERGY STAR homes with a HERS Rating as low as 45.  These homes offer a wide range of energy saving features AT NO EXTRA COST to the buyer!  Homes built under this unique program offer the following benefits:

SAVE ENERGY on the operation of your home.  A 45.4.45 home has energy features that will save homeowners from 15%-55% in energy use over a similar home with standard construction features.

THIRD PARTY VERIFICATION.  Your 45.4.45 home will receive a HERS rating by a certified rater performed before construction.  An additional HERS Energy Rating (by the same certified rater) is performed after construction for verification.

Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM).  Home buyers may submit the projected energy cost savings of their HERS rated home to qualify for larger mortgages.  Ask your lender for more information.

For more information visit HoustonHopeHomes.org.

Free Homebuyer Education Workshops hosted by Tejano Center
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 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*January 9 & 23              *February 6 & 20              *March 6 & 20

Classes in Spanish on the following Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*December 19                 *January 16 & 30              * February 13 & 27

Community News - Acres Homes
Brand new construction by Chesmar Homes (2008 GHBA Builder of Year). Both homes at 7939 Sunnyhill and 8113 Sunnyhill are energy star built, 2 story, 4 bedroom/2.5 bath with 2 car garage includes black appliances, decorative lighting/ceiling fans, ceramic tile in wet areas, mini blinds thru out, alarm system ready, fenced and fully sodded yard with covered patio. For more information, call Tricia Frazier at 832-233-7215.

Stop Renting and Own Your Home. Two homes available in Acres Homes at 7915 Sealey and 7913 Sealey. These 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath, living/dining/kitchen, include stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, ceiling fans, and recessed lighting. For more information, call Uplift 4th Ward CDC at 832-922-1303.

Community News - Sunnyside
Stop Renting and Own Your Home. Two homes available in Sunnyside at 8405 Comal and 8407 Comal. These 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath, living/dining/kitchen, include stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, ceiling fans, and recessed lighting. For more information, call Uplift 4th Ward CDC at 832-922-1303.

Community News - Near Northside
Avenue Community Development Corporation (CDC) offers free home buyer education classes. Classes are held at the Avenue CDC Homeownership Center located at 707 Quitman, in English and Spanish. Learn the home purchase process, available City and County grants, and down payment assistance programs. Avenue CDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a HUD-certified home buyer education provider. Call 713-864-9099 to sign up for a class.

Community News - Trinity Gardens
Home Buyer Workshop on Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ Community Center located at 7725 Sandra, Building B. Call Greater Houston Development, Inc. to register at 713-635-2300 x 10.

Tour new homes in Trinity Gardens on Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. For more info call Greater Houston Development, Inc. at 713-635-2300 x 10.

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

Uplift 4th Ward, Inc., CDC
713-651-1215 or Uplift4th@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Uplift 4th Ward, Inc., CDC
713-651-1215
or Uplift4th@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Uplift 4th Ward, Inc., CDC
713-651-1215
or Uplift4th@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Galleria Homes
713-626-1400
or www.galleriahomesllc.com

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

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

New Citi Homes, LLC
832-553-5912 or helen@newcitihomes.com

KTD Quality Builder
713-523-3366 or ppompey@php-associates.com

SEKA Investments
713-269-0754 or maloner1954@sbcglobal.net

Uplift 4th Ward, Inc., CDC
713-651-1215
or Uplift4th@sbcglobal.net

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

New Citi Homes, LLC
832-553-5912 or helen@newcitihomes.com

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

Shine Property LLC
281-940-7192 or nnicola.loft@xtra.co.nz

Trinity Gardens

Greater Houston Development Inc.
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

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

Galleria Homes
713-626-1400 or www.galleriahomesllc.com

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

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

KTD Quality Builder
713-523-3366 or ppompey@php-associates.com

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

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

Shine Property LLC
281-940-7192 or nicola.loft@xtra.co.nz

TAHC 1, LLC
281-496-0565 or bennyrisner1@aol.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