Celebrations and Grand Openings

Brunch to celebrate the history of the Near Northside and the installation of historical sign toppers.

L to R:  Mary Lawler (Avenue CDC Executive Director);  Sarah Castillo (GO Neighborhoods); and Edward Gonzalez (Houston City Council Member, District H).


Grand Opening Celebration at Avenue Place

L to R:  Sergio Grado (U.S. Green Building Council board member); Mary Lawler (Avenue CDC Executive Director); Neal Rackleff (Director of the City of Houston Housing and Community Development); Amanda Timm (Houston LISC Executive Director); Edward Gonzalez (Houston City Council member District H); and Robert Fiederlein (President of the Avenue CDC board).

Grand Opening of Fulton Gardens

L to R: Sandra Warren (HUD), Eileen Fitzgerald (NeighborWorks America), Robert Fiederlein (Avenue CDC), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Mary Lawler (Avenue CDC), Ann Edwards (office of Sen. Mario Gallegos, Jr.), Raynold Richardson (HUD), and Neal Rackleff (HCDD).


Avenue CDC is proud to have our programs acknowledged with the following recognition:

  • 2014 CORE (Community Organizing Recognition of Excellence) Award from LISC Houston for GO Neighborhoods Northside
  • 2014 Best New Partner Award from Rebuilding Together – Houston for Rebuilding the Northside Together
  • 2013 Urban Land Institute of Houston Development of Distinction Award Finalist (Non-Profit Category) – Fulton Gardens
  • 2013 Keep Houston Beautiful Proud Partner Award – Westbury Civic Club, the WAIC, and Westbury Superneighborhood
  • 2012 Excellence Award for Advocacy (Non-Profit Organization) from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • 2009 Regional Energy Star Award for Excellence in Energy Efficient Affordable Housing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 2007 Historic Rehabilitation Award for the Elder Street Artist Lofts from Preservation Texas
  • 2006 Outstanding Service Award from the Mayor’s Anti Gang Office Northside Village Week and Seed
  • 2006 Good Brick Award from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance for the renovation of the Old Jefferson Davis Hospital, a 2005 Good Brick Award for restoration of nine historic rental units, and 2000 Good Brick Award for our Move Home program
  • 2005 Good Brick Award for the Summer Street Project
  • 2002 Citation of Honor from AIA Houston
  • 2002 Citation of Honor from Texas Society of Architects
  • 2001 Houston Mayor’s Office Brownfields Clean-Up Award
  • 2001-2002 Honorable Mention for Fannie Mae Foundation’s Maxwell Award of Excellence for Washington Courtyards
  • 2001 Honorable Mention for the Appraisal Institute’s Award for Community Enhancement for Washington Courtyards
  • 2000 Certificate of Congressional Recognition on the Grand Opening Celebration of Washington Courtyards from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee, Member of Congress
  • 2000 Best Non Profit from the Houston Press.


ABC Local 13: Community group offering classes for business owners looking to improve, grow business

BisNow: Near Northside Joins Nationwide Initiative

Journal of Applied Research on Children: Strengthening Parental Engagement in Low-Income Latino Communities

Near Northside sees past as key to progress

ABC Local 13:Innovative Affordable Housing Program Helps Northside Neighbors

Fulton Gardens Grand Opening: Article from HUD

KUHF: Trying to Keep Up with Housing for Senior Citizens in Houston

Editorial:  Here comes the neighborhood

Sarnoff: Green houses for less green inside Loop

Avenue Place project offers green housing

KUHF: Avenue CDC, more than just affordable housing

Affordable housing units come to Near Northside


Quality of Life Agreement unveiling

Press Releases

HOC Celebration Press Release

100th Homebuyer Receives Assistance Through LIFT

Grand Opening at Fulton Gardens

Grand Opening at Avenue Place

Avenue CDC Receives $40,000 from Bank of America

Avenue CDC Media Items

Avenue CDC Fact Sheet 2014

Avenue CDC Brochure