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May 14, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Near Northside Community Residents:

As of May 2008, Houston Hope has made it possible for 62 families to be 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 historic 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. As participants of the Houston Hope initiative, qualified buyers in the targeted areas may receive up to $30,000 in down payment assistance.

Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 926 properties citywide.

Success Story

Mr. Kenneth Sanders, a HISD teacher, wanted a better way of living for his wife and son. However, all of the new homes he looked at were out in the county and the prices were out of his range. Through Houston Hope, he was not only able to afford a new house, but he and his family are proud residents of the school district he teaches in!

Free Homebuyer Education Workshops provided by Avenue CDC

Classes in English on the following Saturdays from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

*May 17 and 24 *June 7, 21, and 28 *July 12, 19, and 26

Classes in Spanish on the following Saturdays from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

* June 14 *July 19 *August 9

Location : Washington Courtyard Apartments, Community Room

2505 Washington Avenue , Houston , TX 77007

Seminar topics : Understanding the home purchase process and obtaining grants to buy a house. For more information, call (713) 864-8099.

Avenue CDC began construction on 17 affordable houses and should be ready to close by early 2008.

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

Avenue CDC 713.864.8099 or

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