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September 24, 2008

CitizensNet Newsletter for Specific Houston Hope Neighborhoods

Dear Trinity / Houston Gardens Residents:

Homeownership provides a sense of security to families and promotes strong neighborhoods. So, we are proud to announce that as of September 2008, Houston Hope has helped 120 families to purchase 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 historic 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.


  • Down payment assistance in Houston Hope areas has been increased from $30,000 to $37,500.
  • Construction of the first $99K house will begin soon at 4015 Jewell Street in Fifth Ward. This affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient house will serve as a prototype for more houses to come.
  • All Houston Hope homes have Low Energy Consumption Designs!!
  • Currently, the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) has acquired 971 properties citywide to begin building more homes. Find out here how you can make one yours

Did You Know?

Felix Cook, Jr. Elementary School, located in Trinity Gardens , opened its doors for the 2006-2007 school year and it offers a Fine Arts Magnet Program. The school is a $16-million facility that replaced three old elementary schools in the district's North Region.

If you're interested in the Trinity/Houston Gardens area, please contact:

Greater Houston Development Incorporated: 713-635-2300 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 targeted Houston Hope Neighborhood, please go to

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