November 13, 2007
Dear Independence Heights Area Residents:
We are proud to bring you the November 2007 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which 14 families have now been 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 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.
Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 830 properties citywide, with 76 of these in the Independence Heights.
Historical fact: Independence Heights grew at a rapid rate because it offered a better environment and living conditions than the typical Ward neighborhoods. Many residents moved from Houston to the area, as did residents from other parts of Texas. For the most part, these residents were well educated with good jobs.
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.