Avenue, Houston LISC join forces to provide façade improvements to Bayou Village School

Bayou Village School will reveal façade improvements to their school building on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at 3701 Hardy Street, Houston, TX 77009 provided by Houston LISC and Avenue CDC. The façade improvements are part of a matching grant program operated by Avenue CDC for owners of buildings and businesses in Super Neighborhood 51. Through the grant, architect, Augustin Orozco, designed a welcoming and warm entrance way for students and their families. The façade improvements included removing old structures, installing new and replacement awning, canopies and signs and landscaping.

The private elementary and early education school located in the Near Northside, served 63 students in the 2015-16 school years, ages two up through 4th grade, and will be adding four additional classes in the 2016-17 school years.

"We are very excited and honored to be a part of this collaboration project with Houston LISC and Avenue CDC,” said Vanessa Beyer, enrollment director at Bayou Village School. “This opportunity allowed us to see changes to the building that reflect our mission and values of nurturing students.

“In our continued efforts to preserve and revitalize the community, we are excited to partner with Houston LISC to provide much needed improvements to Bayou Village School,” states Jenifer Wagley, deputy director of Avenue CDC. “The Near Northside has a rich history and a bright future, and we are honored to be a part of the revitalization we are seeing throughout the neighborhood.

The Near Northside is a LISC Great Opportunity (GO) Neighborhood that works to build healthy and sustainable communities. GO Neighborhoods is a community-driven approach to comprehensive community development that creates impact by strategically investing in and leveraging investments across six areas: housing and other real estate, family income and wealth, economic development, quality education, healthy environments and community leadership and engagement. Improvements to Bayou Village School are made possible by a $5,000 matching grant from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

“Houston LISC has a history of supporting great communities where residents can prosper,” said Amanda Timm, executive director from Houston LISC. “We are proud that our partnership with Avenue

CDC and Bayou Village School has supported improvements that reflect the spirit of community and pride for the students and the Near Northside neighborhood.”

For more information on the continued community revitalization projects found throughout the Near Northside, visit www.avenuecdc.org or www.lisc.org/houston.

About Avenue CDC

Avenue CDC’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 CDC develops homes for purchase and rental 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 CDC 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 CDC on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBAvenueCDC and Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvenueCDC.

About Houston LISC

LISC is the largest nonprofit community development support organization in the country. We work in more than 30 urban areas and have been in  Houston for more than 25 years. In that time we’ve invested over $243 million and leveraged more than $637 million in Houston. Our mission is comprehensive community development – that means investing time, money and expertise in housing and real estate, economic development, family income and asset building, education, quality of life issues and community leadership. We are working intensively in the Near Northside and OST South Union neighborhoods through our GO Neighborhoods program and in six Financial Opportunity Centers with nonprofit partner agencies. Our mission is to help neighbors build communities. For more information, visit www.lisc.org/houston.

About Bayou Village School

Founded in 2010, Bayou Village School is a community of parents, educators and other area members who share the goal of establishing an accredited Waldorf school in Central Houston. The school offers early childhood and elementary grades programming. It is a childcare facility licensed by the State of Texas and a developing member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. The school is located 5 minutes north of downtown Houston in the Greater Northside Management district. Located in a city as international as Houston, our school community is diverse and made up of families from across Texas, other cities from around the United States and countries beyond, including China,  India, Australia, Mexico and England. With this tapestry of backgrounds and cultures Bayou Village School is a vibrant community sharing different customs and traditions among families. We support each other and share common ground in our desire to raise and educate our children in the warm, nurturing environment our school provides. For more information, visit www.bayouvillageschool.org.

HOUSTON, May 25, 2016

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