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January 14, 2009

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Near Northside Residents,

Set a new resolution for 2009:

Become a Home Owner!

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Home ownership gives you and your family a sense of stability and security and promotes strong neighborhoods. So, we are proud to announce that as of January 2009, Houston Hope has helped hundreds of families to own 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 coordinating public safety programs, rehabbing existing homes, providing quality new affordable homes, and improving infrastructure and drainage. As a participant of the Houston Hope initiative, qualified buyers in the targeted areas may receive up to $37,500 in down payment assistance.

We closed 130 homes in 2008 and provided $3.2 millions in down payment assistance. 

You can be the next home owner!!

Near Northside Area Community Center


The City of Houston's Park and Recreation Department offers 56 community centers throughout the city. These community centers provide a variety of community-focused activities and services in a personalized manner to enhance our citizens' quality of life. From sports activities, crafts, after school enrichment programs, community meetings, and more, you can choose from multiple programs and recreational activities for all ages.

One of the community centers in Near Northside is:

Community Center Amenities

  • Weight room
  • Indoor gym
  • Meeting rooms

Park Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Playground
  • 94-mile hike and bike trail
  • Lighted sports field
  • Lighted tennis courts

For more information, visit the Houston Park and Recreation Department's website at

10 beautiful new homes have just been completed and are now for sale in the Near Northside.  These 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are all Energy Star certified. The estimated monthly payment (including taxes and insurance) is only $765!  All homes qualify for the Houston Hope subsidy of $37,500 to each buyer.  Open house every Sunday, 2-5 p.m., 4517 Gano 77009. Call Avenue CDC for more information or to register for a free Homebuyer Education class, (713) 864-9099.

Near Northside residents and leaders are invited to participate in a collaborative community improvement effort. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 14, 6 p.m. at 707 Quitman 77009 (Avenue CDC Homeownership Center). Connect with other Near Northside representatives and learn about the LISC Sustainable Communities Neighborhood Challenge. To RSVP call (713) 864-8099, ext. 229.

If you're interested in the Near Northside area, please contact:

Please visit the following website links to learn about other Houston Hope neighborhoods:

If you would like to learn more about Houston Hope, please call 713.522.HOME or visit  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 Neighborhoods, please go to

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