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September 24, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Fifth Ward Residents:

Homeownership provides a sense of security to families and promotes strong neighborhoods. So, we are proud to announce that as of September 2008, Houston Hope has helped 120 families to purchase 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.


  • Down payment assistance in the Houston Hope areas has been increased from $30,000 to $37,500.
  • Construction of the first 99K house will begin soon at 4015 Jewell Street in Fifth Ward. This affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient house will serve as a prototype for more houses to come.
  • All Houston Hope homes have Low Energy Consumption Designs!!
  • There are 12 families that moved into their new home. Please welcome our new Acres Homes neighbors! Find out here how you can make one yours
  • Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has acquired 971 properties citywide to begin building more homes.

Did You Know?

Blanche K. Bruce Elementary, located near Swiney Park in Fifth Ward, is a Music Magnet School . Bruce Elementary was built to relieve crowed conditions of the three schools in the growing Fifth Ward area. The new school opened its doors on January 20, 19 20.

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

Tejano CDC: 713-640-9990 or

Pedraza Construction: 281-850-9971

If you would like to learn more about Houston Hope, please call 713.522.HOME or visit 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

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