May/June 2015   |    SAHA.org   |   Moving to Work






David Nisivoccia,
Interim President and CEO


The San Antonio Housing Authority is committed to creating dynamic communities where people thrive by providing quality affordable housing that is well integrated into the fabric of neighborhoods and serves as a foundation to improve lives and advance resident independence.
 

Board of Commissioners
Morris Stribling, DPM, Chair
Charles Muñoz, Vice-Chair
Karina Cantu
Ramiro Cavazos
Yolanda Hotman
Lisa Rodriguez
 
 


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San Juan Events







ONE-STOP SUPPORT CENTER FOR PROBATIONERS OPENS

 
SAHA, in partnership with San Antonio Fighting Back and the Bexar County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, announced the creation of the Resurgence Collaborative, the first comprehensive re-entry program in Texas with a community-based network of providers co-located with a Probation Field Office.

Funded by a portion of the Department of Justice’s $600,000 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program Grant, the Resurgence Collaborative is a focal point for Community and County entities specifically designed to provide a smooth re-integration for San Antonio Eastside community members and their families who are involved in the Justice system.

“SAHA is thrilled to be the facilitator of the state’s first comprehensive, reentry program for probationers,” says David Nisivoccia, SAHA’s Interim President and CEO. “As we strive to create dynamic communities where people thrive, this innovative program cannot be successful without the partnership and hard work of the non-profit organizations who are reaching out to community members and providing the much-needed services they desire and that will improve their lives.”

SAHA is the only housing authority among the 15 award recipients across the nation to be competitively awarded a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program grant from the Department of Justice to address neighborhood-level crime. BCJI is a data-driven approach leveraging research and innovation to identify the drivers of crime in a location and to develop place-based, community-oriented strategies to reduce criminal activity.

SAHA’s Byrne grant award totals $600,000 and funds efforts among a number of local partners. Recognizing that reducing crime and improving safety are key components of neighborhood transformation, the Byrne Grant has worked with Eastside Community members and Trinity University in using data to identify the local drivers of crime and develop strategies that focus on the specific needs of the community.

Currently, 13 local non-profit agencies make up the Resurgence Collaborative and provide services to an estimated 500 residents on probation and those transitioning from the Justice system into the community,  and consists of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Antioch Community Transformation Network, Bexar County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Claude Black Financial Empowerment Center, Extraordinary Counseling, Family Violence Prevention Services, Moment of Truth Ministries, Rape Crisis Center, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Fighting Back, San Antonio Independent School District, Southwest Key Programs, and Texas Impact.

By engaging local governments, nonprofit organizations, criminal and juvenile justice organizations and neighborhoods residents, SAHA is utilizing the Byrne Grant to bring stakeholders together from various sectors to share resources and develop comprehensive solutions to the complex issues of crime and safety.

 






SAHA’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY EFFORTS APPLAUDED FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

 
As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized SAHA for its leadership in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions - namely the Lofts at Marie McGuire Apartments. Through the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Agency has committed to 20 percent overall energy savings across 1.5 million square feet of building space by 2023.

SAHA has championed a “cultural” change toward sustainability, which translates into implementing energy conservation measures into daily operations wherever possible. It has already been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a Sustainable Organizational Accreditation distinction.

The Lofts at Marie McGuire Apartments underwent a major renovation including a complete upgrade of all residential units, common spaces and the building’s HVAC system. The project showcases significant energy upgrades that were completed while preserving an historic building housing 63 elderly and disabled residents. Upgrades resulted in a projected 10 percent reduction in energy use for the overall building, and the future potential for energy savings of 59 percent within each unit. The building features an atrium designed to reduce lighting needs in adjacent housing units by 25 percent in the summer, due to available daylight and low-e doors and windows. Each apartment unit also features low-e windows, which save approximately $108 per year per unit – a 70 percent reduction in energy consumption during heating season and an 85 percent reduction during the cooling season.

“At the San Antonio Housing Authority, we implement sustainability efforts as a standard in our construction and redevelopment of communities across San Antonio,” says David Nisivoccia, SAHA Interim President and CEO. “Our innovation in the restoration and building design of Lofts at Marie McGuire to surpass energy-efficiency standards speaks volumes to SAHA’s commitment of creating dynamic communities where people thrive.” A cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Challenge has the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public sector leaders across the country to save energy through commitments and investments. More than 250 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade. Across the country, Better Buildings Challenge partners are deploying energy efficiency projects at more than 9,000 facilities, with more than 2,100 buildings improving efficiency by at least 20 percent, and another 4,500 by at least 10 percent, compared with their baseline years.



 

 







HUD GRANT SUPPORTS SAFETY AND SECURITY NEEDS FOR PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS  

SAHA was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address emergency, safety and security needs at public housing properties, including measures necessary to fight crime and drug activities.

One of 29 housing authorities awarded nationwide, SAHA will utilize the grant to implement safety and security measures to purchase solar lighting and fencing/gating at the Cassiano Homes, a 499-unit public housing property on the city’s Westside.

“All Americans should feel secure when they're at home," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These grants provide our local partners with new tools to enhance the strength and vitality of their neighborhoods. Now, more families will be able to walk to school, get to work and safely access opportunity.”

A total of $6 million was awarded to 29 public housing authorities nationwide to support public housing authorities as they address safety and security threats that pose a risk to the health and safety of public housing residents, due to property related crimes within the public housing community.

In its award letter, HUD commended SAHA for its efforts to reduce crime and drug-related activity in order to ensure the safety and security of residents and improve their quality of life.

“We are committed to developing and maintaining safe and vibrant communities,” said David Nisivoccia, SAHA Interim President and CEO. “This grant will serve as a much-needed source of funds to implement a strategic approach to reducing criminal activity at Cassiano Homes, while recapturing a sense of security and ownership for residents.”



 
   


SAHA CELEBRATES PARENTS  

This year, SAHA hosted the first-ever Mother’s Day event at SAHA’s Central Office. In addition to celebrating mothers, the purpose of the event was to empower SAHA mothers to be actively engaged in the development of their children, and link mothers to women’s services.

The event featured a keynote address, parenting class/interactive activity, a cooking demo and a resource fair. More than 200 mothers were in attendance with 25 partners offering services.

SAHA also hosted the 15th annual Father’s Day Fiesta, along with the San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign, to encourage fathers to build healthy, strong, productive relationships within their families and the community. Hundreds of fathers attended and participated in baby-changing contests, baby food tastings, as well as activities encouraging engagement between fathers and their children. Also, the event continued its tradition of honoring fathers with the “Hombre Noble” awards. Over 40 partner organizations also hosted a resource fair that included free health and wellness screenings for families.

Fifty percent of SAHA’s population is under the age of 18, while 90 percent of those children live in single-parent households.

“Providing safe and affordable housing is the foundation to achieving SAHA’s goal of empowering and equipping families to improve their quality of life,” says David Nisivoccia, Interim President and CEO. “In addition, providing encouragement, resources and opportunities through events like these is impactful and really makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve.”






San Antonio Housing Authority
SAHA provides housing assistance to over 65,000 children, adults and seniors through its Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Mixed-Income housing programs. The Agency employs more than 500 individuals, with an annual operating budget of $187 million, and real estate assets valued at over $500 million. SAHA’s affordable housing programs include 71 public housing properties, more than 13,000 vouchers in the Housing Choice and Special Voucher programs, and 45 properties in a Mixed-Income Portfolio. The Agency empowers and equips families to improve their quality of life and to achieve economic stability through the agency’s commitment of funding and allocated resources, and with the direct involvement of our local partners.