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October 8, 2007

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
Fifth Ward

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.


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.

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 or Pedraza construction at 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