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December 11, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Near Northside Residents,


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Homeownership provides a sense of security to families and promotes strong neighborhoods. So, we are proud to announce that as of December 2008, Houston Hope has helped hundreds of families to purchase 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.


  • Down payment assistance in the Houston Hope areas has increased from $30,000 to $37,500.
  • We have dozens of families that have moved into their new home.  Please welcome our new Near Northside neighbors!

Success Story

Ms. Tomeka Harris, an accounts payable clerk, is a young single mom with two small children.  Ms. Harris wanted a house with a yard where her children could run and play. However, she knew she needed to work on her credit history first. Fortunately, Re-Ward Third Ward, a Community Development Corporation, advised her on how to improve her credit score. Soon, her dream of home ownership seemed closer. Finally, the down payment assistance from Houston Hope made her dream a reality when she closed on her new home last month!

Did You Know?

Free Homebuyer Education Workshops provided by Avenue CDC

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

Classes in English                                                       Classes in Spanish

* December 13 and 20                                                 * December 13           

Location:  Washington Courtyard Apartments, Community Room

2505 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007

For more information, call (713) 864-9099.

New homes for sale in the Near Northside.  Energy star certified. Unbeatable prices.  Three bedrooms, two full baths, estimated monthly payment only $765.  Open house every Sunday, 2-5 p.m., 4517 Gano, 77009.  For more information call Avenue CDC, (713) 864-9099. 

Near Northside residents and leaders are invited to a Sustainable Communities meeting to discuss community priorities and projects on Monday December 8, 2008, 6 p.m. at the Avenue CDC Homeownership Center, 707 Quitman, 77009.  For more information call Jimmie Luthuli, (713) 864-9099, ext. 229.

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

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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