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Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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:
“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.
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