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October 8, 2007

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

We are proud to bring you the October 2007 monthly update on Houston Hope. 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.

Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 793 properties citywide with 75 of these in the Fifth Ward area.

FIFTH WARD

Historical fact: Originally a multi-racial community, Fifth Ward quickly became one of the centers of Houston 's African American community. At the end of the 17 th Century, the ward enjoyed a boom following the construction of repair shops for the newly built Southern Pacific Railroad.

Fifth Ward Community News: Emmett J. Scott Elementary School in north Fifth Ward was named a "2007 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School." This recognition is awarded to schools that are academically superior or demonstrate remarkable gains in student achievement to high levels. See link below for full article. http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/10/10022007.html

Pedraza Construction has begun construction of 13 affordable houses, with 7 of these sold to qualified buyers and ready for move in by the end of the month.

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

The Tejano Center : 713.640.9990 or tejanocenter@sbcglobal.com or Pedraza construction at 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.