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November 13, 2007

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Sunnyside Community Area Residents:

We are proud to bring you the November 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 830 properties citywide, 130 these in the Sunnyside area, where 4 families are already in their new homes or will be moving in shortly.


Historical fact: People came to Sunnyside drawn to the idea of a little town in the middle of a big city. James Marshall, from one of the original five families who moved to Sunnyside in 1916, grew tired of seeing his kids having to walk out of town every day for school. Therefore, in 1918, he established the first school in the neighborhood, Sunnyside School . Two years later, he set up the first church in the neighborhood inside the school building.

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

Burghli Homes: 713.389.1221 or

Oliver Builders: 713.734.4900 or

SEKA Investments: Robert Malone, 4008 Chatres St. Suite 200 Houston , Texas 77004

Mayberry Homes: Sharone Mayberry 713.523.8585 or

Holmes CDC: Mable Carter 713.731.9116 or

Burghli homes began construction in Sunnyside last month on Grandview.

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