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January 10, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
Independence Heights
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Dear Independence Heights Community Residents:

We are proud to bring you the January 2008 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.

INDEPENDENCE HEIGHTS

Historical fact: In 1911, the residents and county officials realized the necessity of a school for the children. Thus began Independence Heights School and as the community grew, so did the school. Property was secured and a two-room building moved from neighboring Sunset Heights to the new site. The school became a part of the Houston Independent School District in 1929. It became Burrus Elementary School in 1928 and is now a magnet school for music.

Community News

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 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.