The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA)provides housing, education and employment opportunities to nearly 70,000 individuals.
SAHA’s guiding principles are:
1. Improve our clients’ quality of life
2. Preserve and expand affordable housing
3. Enhance service delivery and performance
SAHA has made great strides in growing the supply of affordable housing in our community and expanding the resources needed to assist families to transform their lives to meet their goals of economic independence. A few of the year’s highlights inclue:
Designated a “High Performer,” with a score of 100 percent by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) for SAHA’s administration and management of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV-Section 8) program.
Competitively secured more than $4 million in public and private grants to fund and support efforts in family self-sufficiency and job training programs, and health and wellness initiatives.
Kicked-off the $2.5 million Jobs-Plus program, a new employment and community building program available to more than 1,000 residents living at Alazán-Apache Courts and Mirasol Homes.
Increased collaboration, with 58 new community partners, to address our residents’ barriers to employment, such as transportation and childcare, and to provide on-site services that include wellness, nutrition and after-school programs for our Public Housing residents.
Developed 611 new housing units in three new mixed-income communities. The Mirabella, a 172-unit affordable housing community for seniors on the Westside. Sutton Oaks I, a 194-unit mixed income family community on the Eastside. HemisView Village, a 245-unit mixed income community in Downtown With more than 20,000 applicants on the Public Housing waiting list, the preservation and expansion of affordable housing in San Antonio is critical.
Received excellent, clean audits from HUD, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expenditures, and from SAHA’s third-party auditing firm for FY 2011 financials.
Accepted a $20 million settlement in the Mirasol lawsuit against Magi Realty, Inc., KB Home, Heery International and subcontractors, signifying the end of long litigation between the parties, bringing justice for homeowners, the community and SAHA. Although much was accomplished in 2011, there is still a growing need for quality affordable housing throughout San Antonio, and SAHA has already begun effort to meet those needs throughout the coming year and beyond.