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Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is optimistic about the progress of the District 5 Shotgun House Pilot Program

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is optimistic about the progress of the District 5 Shotgun House Pilot Program

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429


SAN ANTONIO (January 12, 2021) – Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales says she is encouraged with the progress made in the District 5 Shotgun House Pilot Program, which she initiated and received $250,000 in funding in the City’s FY 2021 budget.
“The District 5 staff has worked to bring the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP), Neighborhood & Housing Services Department, and Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio (NHSSA) together with UTSA and Micro:SA in an innovative strategy that preserves neighborhood culture while providing needed affordable housing and business opportunities for the district’s micro businesses.”
The City’s Office of Historic Preservation and Neighborhood & Housing Services Department staff presented their progress to the Planning and Land Development Committee, which Gonzales chairs. The program focuses specifically on the rehabilitation of houses of less than 1,000 square feet - many of which are known as “shotgun houses.”
The pilot program addresses several needs:

  • Provides affordable housing.
  • Preserves historic and existing older housing stock.
  • Saves money by using original materials
  • Serves as a training program where D5 micro-contractors and tradespeople can gain experience in historic and older home repair and rehabilitation.
  • Builds the framework for public-private collaboration that focuses on urban core community and business development.
  • Preserves culture by helping families continue to live in their homes and stay in their communities

“My vision is to use this three-home pilot in District 5 as a proof of concept, and expand the project throughout the city,” said Gonzales. “The Micro:SA nonprofit organization, located in District 5, has been integral in making this program possible.” Micro:SA supports urban core microbusinesses and has been engaged to identify and train the project’s micro-contractors.
Pilot Rehabilitation work on the three selected shotgun houses is expected to be complete in April or May of this year.
District 5 has been the launching pad for several successful pilot programs that have been expanded throughout the city, such as the City’s housing initiative, complete streets and domestic violence prevention programs.