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September 10, 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.

Qualified homebuyers may receive up to $37,500 in downpayment assistance to purchase a home in a targeted area. We closed on the sales 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.

Time is Running Out on the $8,000 Tax Credit
A tax credit of up to $8,000 is available for qualified first-time homebuyers purchasing a principal residence before December 1, 2009. 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.

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 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
*September 12 and 26              *October 10 and 24              *November 7 and 21

Classes in Spanish on the following Saturdays from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
*September 19               *October 3, 17 and 31                *November 7 and 21

Community News - Acres Homes
HURRY! HURRY! There are ONLY TWO completed homes left! Chesmar Homes, 2008 Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Builder of the Year, is building affordable, quality homes in a HOPE eligible area (off of Victory and Sunnyhill) in the Acres Homes community. These 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2-car garage homes offer ceramic tile in all wet areas, blinds on all windows, alarm system ready to go, decorative ceiling fans and lighting, covered patio in backyard, and are Energy StarR efficient (which can lower your utility bills). Call today to see if you can qualify for up to $37,500 downpayment assistance on these beautiful homes. Contact Tricia Frazier, of Keller Williams Realty, at 832-233-7215!

Community News - Sunnyside
Please join Uplift 4th Ward in their celebration of two newly constructed homes in Sunnyside, 8405 Comal and 8409 Comal, Houston 77051. If you would like to visit, please call Rev. Elmo Johnson at 832-922-1303 or email: UPLIFT4THWARD@ymail.com.

Community News - Trinity Gardens
Greater Houston Development, Inc. in partnership with NID-HCA (The National Association of Real Estate Brokers-Investment Division, Inc., Housing Counseling Agency) will host two homebuyer workshops: September 12 at the Houston Real Estate Association (HREA), 5330 Griggs and September 26 at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ community building, 7725 Sandra off 59 N. and E. Crosstimbers. For more info call 713-635-2300.

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

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

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

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

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