December 12 , 2007
Dear Independence Heights Residents:
We are proud to bring you the December 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 843 properties citywide, with 77 of these in the Independence Heights.
Historical fact: Most houses in Independence Heights were built by its residents who were contractors, carpenters, bricklayers, and electricians. It was a progressive neighborhood that took pride in home ownership. This created a middle class suburban community typical of early 20 th century suburbs. Businesses in Independence Heights included retail stores, restaurants, building contractors, lumberyards, a blacksmith shop, tailor, and barber shop. Also, fraternal organizations were formed for social and business needs, as well as many churches.
Catholic Charities will begin construction of three affordable homes by the end of this month.
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.