June 14, 2007
Dear Houston Hope Community Residents,
We are proud to bring you the June/July 2007 monthly update on Houston Hope. Houston Hope is Mayor Bill White's initiative to reinvest in several of Houston 's older neighborhoods by providing affordable housing and improving infrastructure and drainage. As a participant of the Houston Hope initiative, potential buyers may qualify to receive up to $30,000 in down payment assistance.
Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has purchased 706 properties. For a breakdown of properties, sold, under contract with builders, to breaking ground and available, please see the listing for each individual neighborhood.
The City of Houston is also partnering with Urban Harvest, Inc. to bring a community garden in the Houston Hope Neighborhoods of Acres Homes and Fifth Ward
Historical fact: The Settegast-Upham neighborhood was originally platted in 1892. It was developed by German immigrants William J and Julius J. Settegast, who had first become interested in land speculation in 1872. Although, most of the neighborhood was platted before the turn of the century, 70 percent of its homes were built between World War II and 1960.
LARA has purchased 143 properties in Settegast.
In you're interested in the Settegast area, please contact:
Houston Habitat 713.671.9993 or www.houstonhabitat.org
Settegast Community News:
Houston Habitat for Humanity has partnered with the City of Houston to begin the construction of 20 new homes in Settegast. To find out how you can get involved in the construction of these homes go to www.houstonhabitat.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 targeted Houston Hope Neighborhood please go to www.houstontx.gov/lara.