March/April 2015   |   |   Moving to Work

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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David Nisivoccia, Interim President & CEO

San Juan Events

Board Names Interim CEO
Former President and CEO Lourdes Castro Ramírez recently began her new position with the Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
In this time of transition, SAHA’s Board of Commissioners has announced that SAHA's Chief Operating Officer (COO), David Nisivoccia, will serve as Interim President and CEO while the Board conducts a national search “to seek a new CEO of equal stature and competence" for Lourdes’ permanent successor.
Until the search concludes, David will continue to lead SAHA with a focus on the Agency’s mission and established strategic goals and objectives. He has more than 20 years of executive and senior management experience in affordable housing. Prior to joining SAHA as COO, he served in positions with housing authorities in Florida and Virginia. As SAHA’s COO for the past two years, he has overseen the Agency's housing and related operations, including Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Mixed-Income Housing, Construction Services, and Community Safety and Security Programs.

Volunteers paint a home during the March 14, 2015 EasPoint Shine-A-Thon.

EastPoint Shine Paint-A-Thon Gives Facelift to Homes  
SAHA recently teamed up with the City’s Office of EastPoint and Real Estate to host the EastPoint Shine Paint-A-Thon with the help of more than 250 volunteers, recruited through the City of San Antonio’s Volunteer Program. This annual Paint-A-Thon is a community partnership, to paint the exterior of homes located in a selected area of the Eastside Promise Zone, a federal designation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, designed to improve the quality of life and provide residents “ladders of opportunity.”

SAHA provided paint, supplies, prepping materials and T-shirts for the Paint-A-Thon and its volunteers.

The 15 homes, located in SAHA's Choice Neighborhood Initiative, are owned and occupied by community members with limited financial resources who are at least 60 years old and have a permanent disability.

Organizations that volunteered along with SAHA include Bank of America, City of San Antonio, Crosspoint Inc., Mission Continues, San Antonio College, San Antonio Volunteer Buddies, Southern Career Institute, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Team Shine (Individual Volunteers), Travis Park United Methodist Church, Team South Texas Veterans Health Care System (VA), UTSA Alpha Phi Sigma, and Walton Signage.


Mayor Ivy Taylor, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Trevino, HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño, and other community leaders joined SAHA officials for the event.

Residents Return To Renovated Downtown Gem  
SAHA celebrated the grand re-opening of The Lofts at Marie McGuire on February. 11, 2015. The public housing community for elderly and disabled residents is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, at 211 N. Alamo, and has undergone a $6 million comprehensive renovation.

In the late 1970s, SAHA purchased the building, which was constructed in 1924 and originally named The Ogilvie Building.  The 63-unit, six-story mid-rise has received upgrades to the residence interiors, cabinets, appliances, common areas, HVAC, elevators, and community room.

New fire alarm, sprinkler and safety systems were installed, including a refuge landing and stairwell that is accessible from every floor. Additionally, the property now includes various energy-efficient features, surpassing Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) Level 2 Energy Retrofit standards, with a 59% improvement in energy performance.

The property now features updates to all the residences and common areas, while taking special care to preserve the historical aspects of the building. This renovation was an extensive construction project, which created nearly 170 jobs, including 31 percent of which were for Section 3 employees. Section 3 is a federal requirement and a SAHA priority, for contractors to employ low-income individuals.

The community is named for the first female CEO of SAHA, Marie (Collins) McGuire, who initially came to national attention as the first female executive director of the San Antonio Housing Authority, where she studied the special needs of the elderly, insisting on design features like weatherproof ramps, handrails in all rooms and corridors, and emergency bells in the bathrooms.

In September 2014, eager residents began relocating back home to the community, even as work continued on the exterior facade and parking lot, all of which has now been completed.

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.