Dear Settegast Community Residents:
We are proud to bring you the September 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 793 properties citywide 172 of these in the Settegast area.
Historical fact: Settegast was self-sustained during segregation. Residents raised hogs and chickens and grew greens and potatoes. They purchased groceries from two nearby corner stores. When they needed clothes, they rode to the wards on the Pioneer Bus, which linked Houston's black neighborhoods to the rest of the city.
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 35 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 any of the targeted Houston Hope Neighborhoods please go to www.houstontx.gov/lara.