This year, the SAHA Board of Commissioners adopted a new strategic plan that sets the stage for ambitious initiatives to enhance the quality of life for the more than 70,000 people whose lives SAHA touches every day. We hope you enjoy reading about some of those initiatives in this issue of our newsletter.
Board of Commissioners
Dr. Brian Herman,
Dr. Richard Gambitta
SAHA RECEIVES $600,000 GRANT FOR EASTSIDE SAFETY
SAHA is the only housing authority to be competitively awarded a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program grant from the Department of Justice. 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 address neighborhood-level crime.
SAHA was one of 17 housing authorities across the nation to be awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address security-related capital improvements at public housing properties. SAHA will utilize the grant to implement safety and security measures at Lincoln Heights Courts, a 338-unit public housing property on the city’s Westside.
GALA RAISES FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
On October 11, SAHA held its 75th Anniversary Gala, with keynote speaker John Quiñones, honoring Rosie Castro, Congressman Charles Gonzalez, Secretary Henry Cisneros, Bill Greehey, William Sinkin and Evelyn King. Special thanks to all our sponsors, including Title Sponsors: The Greehey Family Foundation and NuStar Energy; Diamond Sponsor: Franklin Development; and Gold Sponsors: Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, Fulbright & Jaworski, and the Herrera Law Firm. Proceeds from the sold-out event benefitted the Education Investment Foundation scholarship programs.
$150,000 GRANT FOR UNITED WAY, SAHA, GOODWILL PARTNERSHIP
SAHA partner, United Way, recently received an initial $150,000 grant over the next 10 months from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement a
community-endorsed, two-generation plan to provide programs for children that focus on healthy development, growth and education, as well as services for adults that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security.
SAHA has kicked off its annual Moving to Work (MTW) planning process. Now through April 2013, SAHA will host a variety of meetings to update its MTW Plan, which describes the innovative projects that the Agency and its partners will undertake in the coming years.