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December 12 , 2007

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods
Near Northside

Dear Near Northside Community Residents:

We are proud to bring you the December 2007 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which ­­­14 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. 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 843 properties citywide.


Historical fact: In 1913, the Main Street viaduct, designed by F.L. Dormant, opened and was hailed as the "gateway to the Northside." In later years, the McKee Street bridge provided another connection to downtown.

Free Homebuyer Education Workshops

Avenue CDC will provide a free homebuyer education class on December 15 th in English.  This eight-hour class provides information on how to obtain a mortgage and purchase a home.  For more information or to register, call Laurell at (713) 864-8099, ext. 221.

Avenue CDC began construction on 10 affordable houses in October 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