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January 10, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Sunnyside Community Residents:

We are proud to bring you the January 2008 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, 132 these in the Sunnyside area , where 4 families are already in their new homes or will be moving in shortly.


Historical fact: Dirt roads were the standard in Sunnyside. In fact, many of them were constructed by the residents. Sunnyside residents took it upon themselves to provide other improvements as well. A couple of the residents were instrumental in getting gas for heating pipes into the area. By the early 1950s, water district documents say Sunnyside boasted about 1,500 homes. Residents had schools, lights, natural gas, and telephone services.

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 713.269.0754

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