January 10, 2008
Dear Acres Homes Community Residents:
We are proud to bring you the January 2008 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which 14 families have now been able to buy quality affordable homes in re-energized areas of the city. Houston Hope is Mayor Bill White's initiative to reinvest in several of Houston 's older neighborhoods through a combination of stabilizing activities such as coordination of public safety programs, rehabbing existing homes, providing quality new affordable homes, and improving infrastructure and drainage. As a participant of the Houston Hope initiative, qualified buyers in the targeted areas may receive up to $30,000 in down payment assistance.
Burghli Homes has closed on 6 homes on Apollo Street . Please welcome our new Acres Homes neighbors!
Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 843 properties citywide, with 208 of these in the Acres Home area, where 9 families are already in their new homes or will be moving in shortly.
Historical fact: The economic changes of the 1970s and 1980s were not particularly kind to the Acres Homes community. However, the community pulled together. On April 9, 1988, in a remarkable demonstration of community pride and determination, one thousand residents entered the area's Winzer Park and took it back from the drug dealer; thereby, the Acres Homes War on Drugs Committee earned a presidential citation as the President's Point of Light in the nationwide battle against drugs.
If you are interested in viewing one of these homes, please call Acres Homes CDC at 713-692-1155, Dominion CDC at 713-957-2789, or Burghli Homes at 713-389-1221
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.