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March 11, 2008

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

We are proud to bring you the March 2008 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which ­­­49 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 874 properties citywide, with 78 of these in the Independence Heights.

INDEPENDENCE HEIGHTS

Historical fact: In 1928, residents of Independence Heights voted to dissolve the City, which had been incorporated in 1915, and seek annexation by Houston . The general belief was that annexation by the city of Houston would provide residents better services. Therefore, Houston annexed Independence Heights on December 29, 1929.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Catholic Charities Community Development Corporation requests the honor of your presence at the Groundbreaking of the Catholic Charities CDC's first home ownership initiative.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Independence Heights , 400 East 41 st Street , Houston , TX 77002

Please RSVP to Diana Gonzales at 713.874.6735 or dgonzales@catholiccharities.org

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.