Last week, the San Antonio City Council joined the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) in proclaiming October as Housing America Month. SAHA shared local statistics about the need affordable housing and community development in the San Antonio metro area:
- SAHA provides housing to over 65,000 children, adults and seniors, through programs such as public housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and Mixed-Income housing;
- One out of every two residents in these programs is under the age of 18;
- Nearly one-half of the heads of households are senior or disabled;
- Over the last five years, SAHA has developed 1,800 new mixed-income units, at a development cost of over $215 million.
- There are more than 1,900 “actively engaged” clients involved in SAHA’s self-sufficiency initiatives, 40 percent of whom are currently employed.
- This summer, SAHA hosted its annual William “Bill” Sinkin Education Summit, at which more than 280 students were recognized for academic excellence and 40 college students were awarded scholarships from the SAHA education foundation.
San Antonio is not only home to a former HUD Secretary, Henry Cisneros, but also to the current one: former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. The city is also known for innovations in affordable housing and community development. Last month, SAHA celebrated the start of demolition of former public housing site Wheatley Courts, signaling a beginning of a new era for residents in San Antonio’s Eastside. From the rubble, will emerge 417 new mixed-income apartments for seniors, children and families.
“The kickoff of the demolition and construction activities on the Wheatley site is definitely cause for celebration,” said Lourdes Castro Ramirez, SAHA President and CEO. “Eastside residents have been working together with us to plan this redevelopment for more than three years now, and we’re all very excited that the work on this new housing for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative is now underway.”