May/June 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














   SAHA Named Co-Lead of SA2020 Vision Area
Mayor Julián Castro’s SA2020 community planning initiative began with the call for citizens throughout the community to shape the City’s future through a “Dream it. Map it. Do it.” process. At the May 19 public SA2020 meeting, which marked the kick-off of the “Do it.” implementation efforts, SAHA was named a co-lead of the Neighborhoods and Growth Management vision area. SAHA will work to facilitate community discussions, and gather interested partners and volunteers to begin to collaborate on efforts to reach the Neighborhood and Growth Management goals and targets.

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  $7 Million Renovation Unveiled
SAHA’s Lewis Chatham Apartments, an elderly and disabled community on the City’s southeast side, recently completed $7 million in capital improvements, which were made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds. The renovations included improved energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, lighting, security and fire systems, as well as upgraded elevators and new plumbing.  This work created 105 jobs with a direct and induced local economic impact of $20 million.

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   Eastside Transformation Efforts Underway
In March 2011, SAHA was awarded a two-year $250,000 Choice Neighborhoods planning grant, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to develop a plan to transform the Wheatley Courts area into a viable and sustainable neighborhood with affordable housing, good schools, safe streets and employment opportunities. The Choice public engagement and planning process was completed in April 2012 and included input from the community, local businesses, civic leaders, schools and residents. SAHA used feedback from the community meetings to develop an application for a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant submitted to HUD on April 10, 2012.

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   Jobs-Plus Program Delivers!
SAHA’s Jobs-Plus Program, a new employment and community building program available to more than 1,000 residents living at Alazan-Apache Courts and Mirasol Homes, has already seen success with an impressive number of participants. Since its introduction just last fall, the program currently has 136 active participants, 36 of whom have already secured employment. The Jobs-Plus model also features a community-building component, which seeks to strengthen social ties and support for work among residents, and provides access to a range of financial incentives and work support services.

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   Section 8 Waiting List Now Open
SAHA’s waiting list for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers re-opened on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 with a new online application process. The online application is available at https://saha.apply4housing.com and may also be accessed from the SAHA website at www.saha.org.  Applications received through midnight on June 1, 2012 will be entered into a computerized lottery system to establish each applicant’s place on the waiting list. After June 1, 2012, applicants may still apply and will be placed on the waiting list. Assistance is also available for persons with special needs by calling 1-877-550-1109.

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