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July 7, 2009

Dear Community Residents,

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THIS JULY GAIN YOUR FREEDOM FROM YOUR LANDLORD AND OWN YOUR OWN HOME!

We are proud to announce that as of July 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 home buyers may receive up to $37,500 in down payment assistance to purchase a home in a targeted area.

We closed the sale of 130 homes in 2008 and provided $3.2 million in down payment 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.

*July 11 and 15              *August 8 and 22              *September 12 and 26

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

*July 18               *August 1, 15 and 29                *September 19

Community News - Near Northside
Only four homes left at the Avenue Villas subdivision, located at the corner of Cochran and Amundsen, just south of Cavalcade. These 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are all Energy Star certified. The estimated monthly payment is $689/month including principal, interest, taxes and insurance, based on a 5% interest rate on a 30-year loan, APR 5.13%. All homes qualify for the Houston Hope subsidy of $37,500 to each buyer.

Open house every Sunday, 2-5 p.m., 1231 Amundsen 77009. 
Call Avenue CDC at 713-864-9099 for more information or to register for a free Homebuyer Education class. 

Community News - Trinity Gardens
Greater Houston Development, Inc., in partnership with National Investment Development (NID), will sponsor two (2) FREE homebuyer education workshops.
Date: Saturday, July 11 and Saturday, July 18
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 7725 Sandra Street at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ Community Center (off E. Crosstimbers (formerly Ernie) and Hwy. 59 North
Cost: FREE (BYOL - Bring Your Own Lunch)
To register, call Greater Houston Development, Inc. at 713-635-2300 or 281-924-6767.

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

Clinton Park

Tejano Center for Community Concerns
713-673-1080
or www.tccc-ryss.org

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.

BBQ Safety Tips
This summer, if you are planning on barbequing for your family and friends, first read through these safety tips.

  1. Designate the grilling area a "No Play Zone" - keep the kids and pets well away until grill equipment is completely cool.
  2. Before using, position your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes.
  3. Only use starter fluid made for barbeque grills when starting a fire in a charcoal grill.
  4. Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking.
  5. Never use a match to check for leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and do not attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed.
  6. Never bring a barbecue grill indoors or into any unventilated space. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.