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April 10, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
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Dear Fifth Ward Residents:

As of April 2008, Houston Hope has made it possible for 62 families to be 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 historic 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 participants of the Houston Hope initiative, qualified buyers in the targeted areas may receive up to $30,000 in down payment assistance.

GREAT NEWS

Pedraza Construction has begun construction of 13 affordable houses, with 11 of these under contract with qualified buyers and 2 already moved in.

Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has acquired 895 properties citywide, with 76 of these in the Fifth Ward area.

FIFTH WARD

Historical fact: The heart of the community continues to be within its churches. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, founded in 1865 by former slave Rev. Toby Gregg, is the oldest institution in Fifth Ward. Also, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church , with only five pastors during its first 125 years, maintains the traditions of its founding members, with generations of area families still serving and ministering to the Fifth Ward community.

If you're interested in the Fifth Ward Area, please contact:

Tejano CDC: 713.640.9990 or tejanocenter@sbcglobal.com

Pedraza Construction: 281-850-9971

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 Neighborhood, please go to www.houstontx.gov/lara.