Office of Urban Development San Antonio

OFFICE OF URBAN REDEVELOPMENT SAN ANTONIO (our sa)

HISTORY

The Urban Renewal Agency for the City of San Antonio, referred to as San Antonio Development Agency (SADA), was established by voter referendum in 1957. Since inception, SADA has been involved in 24 urban renewal plans and projects throughout the City. In 2010, SADA was rebranded as Office of Urban Redevelopment San Antonio (OUR SA) to give itself new and fresh name recognition.

The Mission of OUR SA is to development and implement strategies to eliminate community slums and blighted areas and also meet the revitalization, redevelopment, rehabilitation and conservation directives as identified by City management and approved by City Council.

In 1993, the Mission of the Agency was redefined to focus on affordable housing efforts inside Loop 410. Two years later, San Antonio Affordable Housing, Inc. (SAAH) was established by City Ordinance as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit component of OUR SA. The board members of SAAH are either the existing Commissioners of OUR SA, or may be appointed by the OUR SA board in accordance with the Corporation’s Bylaws.

The Mission of SAAH is to develop affordable housing, improve the existing affordable housing stock, and combat community deterioration through housing and community development related programs and activities.

OUR SA AND SAAH BOARD MEMBERS

The legal authority for OUR SA was established by referendum election 1057 under Title 12, Chapter 374 (Urban Renewal in Municipalities) of the Texas Local Government Code. OUR SA is comprised of seven (7) Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for staggered two year terms. Commissioners are required to be residents of the City and shall be owners of real property.

2019-2020 Commissioners (OUR SA) and Directors (SAAH)

NAME

DISTRICT

BOARD POSITION

David Rodriguez

Mayoral Appointment

Chairman

Susan Wright

Mayoral Appointment

Vice Chairman

Maria Nelson

Mayoral Appointment

Secretary

Juan Garcia

Mayoral Appointment

Member

Ramiro Gonzales

Mayoral Appointment

Member

Zar Haro

Mayoral Appointment

Member

Vacant

Mayoral Appointment

Member


Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Wednesday of every month at noon in the NHSD conference room at 1400 S. Flores, San Antonio, Texas.

HOUSING PROGRAMS

1. Neighborhood Stabilization Program Land Banking Program (NSP Land Banking Program) 

NSP Land Banking was initiated in 2013 with a budget of $1.25 million in federal HOME funds. Through this program, SAAH acquires and rehabilitates foreclosed homes in targeted areas for sale to qualified families with incomes below 120% of the local average median income. Properties are acquired from banks, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, FHA, and other lending institutions by SAAH. Although the NSP Program cannot profit from the sale of the homes, the proceeds from each sale does result in program income. This income is given back to the program for the acquisition and rehabilitation of additional foreclosed homes. 

2. REnewSA Housing Program 

REnewSA is a City initiative for organizing and strategically deploying community development tools to create value from vacant, neglected and underutilized propertiesSimilar to the IPP, SAAH, through REnewSA, has acquired vacant infill lots to sell to builders for the construction of new energy efficient affordable homes. 

3. COSA Foreclosed Properties in District 2 

On July 16, 2016, Council approved the sale of 19 City owned foreclosed properties in Council District 2 to San Antonio Affordable Housing (SAAH) for the disposition to affordable housing developers. The process requires SAAH to first purchase the properties from the City and pay off any outstanding fees due under foreclosure. Once the properties are deeded over to SAAH, a contract is prepared between SAAH and a developer for construction of an affordable home. The deed to SAAH as well as the deed to the developer contains a restriction for sale to a buyer with the income at or below 120% of the average median income for San Antonio.        

4. SAAH/OUR SA Disposition Program

OUR SA and SAAH had an inventory of 64 vacant lots in 2009 to sell to builders/developer for economic development purposes. In 2009, the Board charged OUR SA staff to dispose of these properties according to the respective funding source restriction. Since none of the properties are in the approved NSP or REnewSA program areas, they were be made available for disposition to the public or for other appropriate uses. The four remaining properties are remnants or unbuildable.

5. Infill Pilot Program (IPP) - Completed and Closed Out

The Infill Pilot Program was created in 2011 with a budget of $1.5 million from the General Fund. Through the IPP, vacant lots were acquired by SAAH and sold to builders for the construction of new energy efficient, affordable homes. Construction financing, City fee waivers, grants and discounted lot pricing were provided to the builders to ensure affordability. 26 new affordable homes were constructed and sold in Council District 1- Five Points (8 homes); District 3 – Sunny Slope (8 homes); and District 6 – Los Jardines (10 homes). The Program was completed and the remaining construction funds of $616,000 were reassigned to the REnewSA Affordable Housing Program.