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October 13, 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 homebuyers may receive up to $45,000 in downpayment assistance to purchase a home in one of the targeted areas. Call the Houston Housing Department for full details at 713.522.HOME!

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 on or after January 1, 2009 and 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.

Important Home Safety Tips

Create a safer home by taking these simple precautions.

          Be Prepared

  1. Have telephones in easy reach of both your bed and the place you sit most often.
  2. Place emergency phone numbers on or near every phone in your home.
  3. Buy a first-aid kit.  Keep one in both your home and your car.
  4. Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in the kitchen and on each floor of the house.  Inspect and recharge if pressure is below the operating range.  Review a fire escape plan with your household.

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.
*October 10 and 24              *November 7 and 21              *December 12

Classes in Spanish on the following Saturdays from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
*October 3, 17 and 31           *November 14                      *December 5 and 19

Community News - Acres Homes, Near Northside, Trinity Gardens and Sunnyside
Burghli Homes will be participating in the Nation Wide Solar Tour on October 3, 2009. They will be showcasing one of their Solar Powered Homes located at 5819 Darlington Oak Houston, TX 77016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For any questions, call 713-691-3948.

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 a homebuyer workshop on October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ community building, 7725 Sandra off 59 N. and E. Crosstimbers. For more info call 713-635-2300, ext. 10.

Community News - Fifth Ward and Trinity Gardens
Shine Property Development LLC's website is now up and running. For more information on Shine Property Development, please visit www.shineproperty.com.

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 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