350 volunteers from near Northside & Northline communities come together to repair 10 low-income homes

On May 20, more than 350 volunteers, including teams from Avenue Community Development Corporation, Rebuilding Together Houston and Texas Capital Bank will come together to repair 10 homes in the Near Northside and Northline communities. A community-driven revitalization initiative, Avenue’s Rebuilding Northside Together helps to revitalize the Northside while improving the quality of life for vulnerable community members, particularly those living in substandard housing conditions.

This marks the fourth year that Avenue’s Rebuilding Northside Together has improved homes for seniors, veterans and disabled residents, and the second year that the program will extend into the Northline community. Texas Capital Bank joins the event this year as lead sponsor.

“Texas Capital Bank is committed to the communities across its footprint, and the opportunity to work with Avenue to repair and renovate homes in Houston’s Near Northside is a clear example of that,” said Jenny Guzman, community development officer for the bank. “The initiative is made possible by the grassroots, empowering and truly transformational work that has defined Avenue’s activity in this community for more than 25 years. We are grateful for the partnership that makes it possible for local residents to maintain their homes and keep their community safe and vibrant.”

The home repair projects, which are designed to repair and secure the exterior of homes, are assessed and planned by Rebuilding Together Houston, but are completed by teams of volunteers. The volunteer home improvement projects include replacing wood siding, scraping and painting, repairing fences, and year clean-up.

“We are thrilled to partner with Rebuilding Together Houston and Texas Capital Bank on this revitalization initiative in the Near Northside and Northline communities,” said Mary Lawler, executive director at Avenue. “Community preservation efforts like Avenue’s Rebuilding Northside Together would not be possible without the hundreds of residents and community partners who are committed to improving the quality of life for Houston’s families.”

This year, volunteer teams are sponsored by: Texas Capital Bank, Wesley Community Center, Exxon Mobile, Covenant Baptist Church, M.D. Anderson Family YMCA, Hope City, SER – Youth Build, YES Prep Northside, UHD Scholars Academy, UHD Black Student Association, Bank of America, Saint
Charles Borromeo Church, UHD Omega Delta Phi fraternity, Wells Fargo, and GO Neighborhoods, a program of LISC Houston. Avenue’s Rebuilding Northside Together is generously supported by donations from Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC), Texas Capital Bank, Union Pacific
Foundation, Wells Fargo, The Home Depot Foundation, and Rebuilding Together Houston.

“After this year, our fourth consecutive year of community revitalization efforts on Houston’s Northside, we will have helped 45 families in need,” said Rebuilding Together Houston Executive Director Jim Soller. “With strong community partnerships, dedicated volunteers, and local business' support, we are transforming homes and impacting lives--revitalizing Houston neighborhoods.

Founded in 1991, Avenue focuses on increasing access to affordable homes and improving the quality of life in Houston communities. With 707 affordable rental units and 173 single family homes developed to date, Avenue provides stable residences for low-income families and seniors in Houston’s under-served neighborhoods, including Washington Avenue, Near Northside and Northline. Its homebuyer education courses benefit over 600 households annually. In the Near Northside alone, Avenue has organized more than 200 community-led projects including clean ups, public art and health fairs.

Avenue also co-produced the Near Northside’s award-winning 2015 Quality of Life Agreement (QLA), which recently received the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2017 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff.

For more information about Avenue’s community revitalization efforts, visit http://14w.cc0.myftpupload.com/.

ABOUT AVENUE

Avenue’s mission is to build affordable homes and strengthen communities. The organization enhances the quality of life of working families and works to promote Houston’s future as a world-class city of healthy, vibrant and economically diverse neighborhoods. Avenue develops homes for purchase and
rent as well as provides homebuyer education and counseling to help working families buy and maintain their own homes. They promote economic development and offer supportive services such as computer labs, after-school programs, and nutrition, fitness, and financial literacy classes that enrich the lives of the individuals and families they serve. Avenue is a member of the nationwide NeighborWorks® Network of more than 245 community development organizations working in nearly 4,358 urban, suburban and rural communities across America. Connect with Avenue on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBAvenueCDC and Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvenueCDC.

ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER HOUSTON

Repairing homes and restoring hope, Rebuilding Together Houston impacts the lives of hundreds of families each year through home repair and community revitalization. Since 1982, Rebuilding Together Houston has provided no cost, home repair and renovation programs for low income elderly, veterans, and disabled homeowners. Rebuilding Together Houston helps to create safer and healthier communities while making it possible for individuals to live in their own homes independently and for longer periods of time. With over 120,000 volunteers and 285,000 volunteer days of service, Rebuilding Together Houston has been able to nearly double the value of services provided to local homeowners and has invested over $100 million in affordable housing with a market value of nearly $400 million. For more information about Rebuilding Together Houston visit rebuidlinghouston.org or @RebuildingTogetherHouston on social media.

HOUSTON May 20, 2017

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