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August 10, 2007

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
Near Northside
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Dear Houston Hope Community Residents,

We are proud to bring you the August 2007 monthly update on Houston Hope. 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. As a participant 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 725 properties citywide.

NEAR NORTHSIDE

Historical fact: In the near future, residents of Near Northside will be able to take advantage of Metro's North Corridor rail line which is planned to connect downtown Houston with Near Northside and the Northline mall area via North Main and Fulton Avenue.

Avenue CDC will begin construction on 10 affordable houses in the month of August.

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

Avenue CDC 713.864.8099 or maryl@avenuecdc.org

If you would like to learn more about Houston Hope please call 713.522.HOME. 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 www.houstontx.gov/lara.