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February 11, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Sunnyside Community Residents:

We are proud to bring you the February 2008 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which 45 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 861 properties citywide, 135 of these in the Sunnyside area , where 4 families are already in their new homes or will be moving in shortly.


Historical fact: J.C. Pickett and Pat Thomas worked on getting a municipal water system; by 1952, Pickett successfully lobbied for $850,000 in federal funds for the project. Bureaucrats in Washington thought Pickett was so persistent, they offered him a job paying $8,000 a year. However, Pickett wanted to stay in Sunnyside and help out his neighbors. Citizen leaders negotiated the formation of Water District No. 26, which was opened on May 26, 1952.

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

Burghli Homes: 713.389.1221 or

SEKA Investments: Robert Malone 713.269.0754

Mayberry Homes: Sharone Mayberry 713.523.8585 or

Holmes CDC: Mable Carter 713.731.9116 or

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