October 8, 2007
Dear Settegast Community Residents:
We are proud to bring you the October 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 820 properties citywide 180 of these in the Settegast area.
Historical fact: In 1949, a substantial number of African American families seeking a better living environment, and finding many other residential areas restricted to them, began to move to this new area known as Settegast Heights .
In you're interested in the Settegast area, please contact:
Houston Habitat for Humanity at 713.671.9993 or www.houstonhabitat.org.
Settegast Community News:
Houston Habitat for Humanity will break ground on 34 LARA properties in the Houston Hope Settegast neighborhood. Construction of the first 20 homes has begun with expected closing dates in mid-January 2008; the remaining 14 homes will close in spring 2008. Volunteers from the local Lutheran community raised the walls on the first two homes on September 28, 2007. If you are interested in volunteering to work on the Houston Habitat homes, please visit www.houstonhabitat.org.
If you would like to learn more about Houston Hope please call 713.522.HOME or visit www.houstonhopehomes.org . 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.