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Published on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales’ Statement regarding the Alazan Lofts among the applicants for the competitive Housing Tax Credits

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429


SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 14, 2019) –”I want to thank my colleagues on the Council, on behalf of District 5, for their support of improved housing for the residents of the Alazan Courts, the oldest public housing community in the city.


Today’s resolution and amendment prioritize the most disadvantaged people in our city.


The reality is that district five is not at a level playing field with the rest of San Antonio. In fact, we're not even close. The people who live in the Alazan courts have an average annual income of $13,000 a year, and there are 1,200 children who live in Alazan.


My request for this project is for a new building to be funded through the 9% tax credit. When we have this, along with the another building on Tampico St., we will be able to move some of our children from the old buildings to the new ones, without displacing any of them. They get to stay in their community and their school, and we can start with the redevelopment of the Alazan courts.


This is not a new idea. We prioritized downtown as a place that we wanted to see thrive, and as a result we've had a very successful downtown. And we prioritized the Broadway corridor, and it thrives. The one part of our city that continues to lag behind in almost every marker, whether it's health, employment or poverty, is still the near West Side.


So I thank my colleagues for giving us the opportunity to participate in the growth and economic development of the city by prioritizing the Alazan Lofts and hopefully see it come to fruition.”

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