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SAN ANTONIO (April 18, 2018) — Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has brought community organizations and housing specialists together to launch a housing fair and pilot program that will address the housing and development needs which are unique to the city’s Westside.
The District 5 Housing Fair starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at 2300 W. Commerce.
The Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC), the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), LIFT Fund, and the UTSA College of Public Policy will combine efforts to help Westside homeowners solve specific issues caused by an aging housing stock, aging homeowners, problems associated with deed and title transfers and a need for financing.
“While other parts of the city reject development and sprawl, the Westside is in need of the kind of development that will help our community thrive,” said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. ”We’ve organized this housing fair to take advantage of the spirit of homeownership, which is a tradition in the Westside, and allow the Westside’s resilience and resourcefulness to fuel the positive change that’s needed,” she added.
Gonzales has always maintained that the Westside is in many ways an ideal community - it’s connected, walkable and entrepreneurial. It’s a place where neighbors know and look after each other and where stores, churches, schools and parks are within a square mile of most homes.
But almost 70 percent of the houses on the Westside were built prior to 1970, and although 56 percent of the homes are owner-occupied the aging housing stock is in need of repair.
The Fair will kick-off a pilot program that will establish a permanent one-stop housing information, education and aid center in the Mexican American Unity Council offices. At the fair, Westside residents and homeowners will learn about homebuyer counseling and education, and get needed property title assistance.
There will be activities for kids and a light breakfast will be served.