March 2012   |    SAHA Web   |   Moving to Work

Lourdes Castro Ramírez
President & CEO

The San Antonio Housing Authority is committed to providing quality affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods, and offering programs that provide opportunities for low-income families and individuals to improve and enhance their lives.  We have had many exciting announcements and developments at the San Antonio Housing Authority and I hope you enjoy reading about some of them in this issue of our newsletter.

Board of Commissioners

Ramiro Cavazos, Chair
Dr. Brian Herman, Vice-Chair
Karina Cantu
Dr. Richard Gambitta
Yolanda Hotman
Stella Burciaga-Molina
Charles Muñoz

   Join Us As We - Plan.Build.Live. - the Future

Our strategic planning process is underway and we invite you to participate in SAHA’s “Plan. Build. Live.” initiative.


  Transforming the Wheatley Courts Neighborhood

The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA), in partnership with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, is hosting three community planning meetings, March 1-3, 2012, to seek community input for a transformation plan that will change a neighborhood of extreme poverty into a mixed-income community by: revitalizing and providing more housing options, improving economic and educational opportunities, leveraging investments and creating long-term viability.


   Regional Housing Forum in San Antonio on March 6th

On March 6, 2012, BPC in partnership with the Jack Kemp Foundation will be hosting a regional housing forum here in San Antonio. The forum titled, “Housing in America: Innovative Solutions to Address the Needs of Tomorrow,” will feature The Honorable Henry Cisneros, former Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Mayor Julián Castro. Other distinguished guests will include SAHA’s President and CEO Lourdes Castro Ramírez; Mike King, CEO of Volunteers of America; and Steve Murdock, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University.

   Growing A Downtown Mixed-Income Community

In August 2011, SAHA began a community planning effort to develop a new master plan for the remaining phases of Victoria Commons.  The experienced planning and design team of Goody Clancy and Lake Flato Architects was engaged to work with community members and stakeholders to seek public input on ideas for the plan and to align with plan with other ongoing  neighborhood activities, such as the HemisFair master planning process and Mayor Castro’s SA2020 plan.


   Volunteers Pitch In To Spruce Up MLK Drive

On a chilly Saturday in December, more than 60 volunteers of all ages joined in the effort to spruce up the main corridor that hosts San Antonio’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. March.  Volunteers included SpringView residents, SAHA employees, represetatives from the City’s Parks & Recreation department, and several children’s clubs.



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