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March 11, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Sunnyside Community Residents:

We are proud to bring you the March 2008 monthly update on Houston Hope, through which 49 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 874 properties citywide, 136 of these in the Sunnyside area , where 4 families are already in their new homes or will be moving in shortly.


Historical fact: In 1949, the Brookhaven subdivision became the first part of Sunnyside to be annexed into the City of Houston . The remaining areas were annexed in 1956. With annexation, the water district, which had been establish in 1952, was dissolved and replaced with city services.

Free Homebuyer's Fair by Holmes CDC and Capital One Bank

Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 10:00a.m. -12:00p.m.

Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church , 8310 Southview Street

Call for reservations (713) 731-9116

4th Annual Community Awareness Dinner

"Preserving the Past. Protecting the Present. Promoting the Future."

Guest Speaker: State Representative Sylvester Turner

Friday, April 4, 2008 at 6:30p.m.

University of Houston Hilton Hotel, University Drive , Entrance One, Houston , TX

Donation - $40.00. Please RSVP no later than March 28 th at (713)731-9116

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