Formerly the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA)

Houston Land Bank [HLB]’s mission is to acquire vacant, tax-forfeited, and other deteriorated property in the City of Houston and facilitate its redevelopment into productive use. Organized in 2000 as the Land Assemblage and Redevelopment Authority (LARA), HLB revised its name and bylaws in 2018 and is in the process of building the team and new systems for the non-profit local government corporation. As a partner with the City, non- and for-profit development communities, HLB is a key instrument for further neighborhood revitalization for the City, supporting home ownership, revitalization, as well as the continued Hurricane Harvey recovery effort.

The Board is a 13-member board appointed by the Mayor, City Council, Harris County and the Houston Independent School District. The LARA Authority is organized for the purpose of aiding, assisting and acting on behalf of the City in the performance of its governmental functions to promote the common good and general welfare of the City and in undertaking and completing one or more projects, as may be defined or determined by the City Council of the City

NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE BUILDERS Thank you for your interest in this program and development in the City of Houston. To increase opportunities for development in Houston, there are ongoing discussions with Housing Community Development Department to expand HLB/LARA's capacity for development of affordable housing in our community. HLB/ LARA still has a temporary hold on all lots in its inventory. Once the new programs are finalized, and formally underway, we will release the hold on all lots that will not be included in those programs. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact us at 281-655-4600 or info@houstonlandbank.org for more information, and to make sure we have you on our contact list for future notifications.

NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE HOMEBUYERS: We are compiling a contact list of homebuyers that are interested in housing that will be provided by both our programs, and those of the City of Houston. We will let you know as soon as there are opportunities for available housing. Please send us your name, phone number and what area of the city you are most interested in. Please contact us at 281-655-4600 or info@houstonlandbank.org.

Please contact us for more information about the organization and any related programming: Houston Land Bank at 281-655-4600 or info@houstonlandbank.org.

Interested in the City’s New Home Development Program? Please see: http://www.houstontx.gov/housing/nhdp/

Interested in the City’s Homebuyer Assistance Program? https://www.houstontx.gov/housing/hap.html

Interested in the City’s Home Repair Program? https://www.houstontx.gov/housing/home_repair_programs.html