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September 24, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
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Dear Independence Heights 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.

GREAT NEWS

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!!

Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 971 properties citywide to begin building more homes. Find out here how you can make one yours www.houstonhopehomes.org.

Did You Know?

Burrus Elementary, located in Independence Heights , is a Fine Arts Magnet and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Recognized.

If you're interested in the Independence Heights area, please contact:

Catholic Charities: 713-874-6736 or bkol@catholiccharities.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.


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