Through the CDBG Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery program the City of Houston is using more than $100 million in federal funds to carry out targeted revitalization to three inner-city neighborhoods on the cusp of gentrification. The goal is to develop affordable owner and renter occupied housing ti ensure these neighborhoods develop into stable, economically, racially and ethnically integrated, high-opportunity neighborhoods.
In initial step the City introduced proposed rental housing developers to community residents and leaders through a series of “meet and greet” events November 18-20 in each of the targeted neighborhoods.
Community leaders from the Texas Organizing Project (TOP) are working with the City officials and community leaders to ensure the activities work in the interest of the neighborhood residents and achieve the intended results.
I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community.
These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.