April 10, 2008
Dear Independence Heights 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.
Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has acquired 895 properties citywide, with 81 of these in the Independence Heights .
Historical fact: Covering eight lots, Independence Park at 1000 E. 40 th Street was created by a land grant from the Wright Land Company in 1910. It was the place where families came together for church gatherings, school activities, and annual Juneteenth celebrations. Now known as James McCullough Park , it is the only public space remaining from the early years of Independence Heights .
If you're interested in the Independence Heights area, please contact:
Catholic Charities: 713.874.6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.