Art on the Avenue_Parade of Homes

Avenue News
Spring 2011

Celebrating 20 YEARS of developing affordable homes  

and improving Houston communities


Thank you for your interest in our work.  From providing homebuyer education  and after-school programs to developing and operating affordable housing, Avenue CDC is helping Houstonians improve their lives and neighborhoods every day 


Mark your calendar for the 15th annual Art on the Avenue fundraiser on November 10 and 12, 2011.  As you can see from the photo of last year's event, a good time was had by all!  And, we raised over $125,000 for Avenue CDC's programs, not to mention the $26,000 in art sales proceeds we returned to participating artists. 


Avenue CDC is committed to using green building techniques to make our homes healthier and better for the environment.  As part of our environmental commitment, we are introducing an e-newsletter.  If you do not wish to receive future newsletters electronically, please unsubscribe below.


Thank you again for your support.


Mary Lawler

Executive Director

In This Issue
Avenue Breaks Leasing Records!
Homebuyer Education Classes
Homes for Sale
Spotlight on an Avenue Homeowner
Energy Efficiency Saves $$$
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Avenue Terrace Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon is cut at Avenue Terrace    

The first phase of Avenue Place, the mixed use development on the former FedEx Freight site in Northside, is now complete.  Avenue Place will feature 95 single family homes, 144 apartment units, and an acre of parkland and walking trails. 

Avenue Terrace, located at 4004 Irvington Blvd., features 144 apartments affordably priced for working families.  Amenities include playground, splashpad, weight room, swimming pool, and resident community room.   The community has welcomed this new addition; Avenue Terrace was 94% leased in only 2 months!    

Avenue Terrace welcomes you home!
All photos by Mark Hiebert Photography

Avenue Terrace Pool and Community Center  


Homebuyer education teaches prospective homeowners all about the home purchase process, including types of downpayment assistance available, how to select the right home, preparing to qualify for a loan, and finding the best financing.  Our HUD-certified program meets the requirements of most downpayment assistance providers.

In-person or on-line-choose the option that works best for you!  

Weekly classes are provided on-site at Avenue CDC's Neighborworks Homeownership Center, 707 Quitman, Houston, TX  77009.   Only $20, including unlimited one-on-one counseling.  

On-line classes for the flexibility to learn at the time and location convenient to YOU! Online class is $50, including required homebuyer counseling session.  
            Register for a class today

Avenue Oaks-the latest opportunity for in-town living at affordable prices!
Comfortable and affordable-
minutes from Downtown Houston!


Avenue CDC has affordable homes available today: in-town living at its best!  Located just north of downtown Houston, these homes have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and are Energy Star certified.  MAP

Homes for Sale!







Currently available:

The Bustamante Family
The Bustamante Family in front of their dream home!

"Don't be afraid, don't hesitate...have the dream you've always wanted!"


Married seven years, Gilbert and Hilda Bustamante, are still enjoying being newlyweds and growing their future together.  Gilbert, a retired Army veteran, and wife Hilda, both long-time Houston renters, had long dreamed of owning a home--of having a yard and garden of their own.  When Hilda saw a public service announcement for Avenue CDC's Homebuyer Education program, they decided to enroll in the course.

 "The class was good,"  Gilbert recalled.  "The instructors put things on a level that everyone can understand."   After completing the eight-hour class, Gilbert and Hilda met with Diana Arriaga, one of the Avenue CDC Homebuyer Counselors, who helped them to assemble all of the paperwork necessary to apply for a mortgage and purchase a home.  Hilda and Gilbert happily share that Diane and Avenue CDC were "encouraging and professional during the process, especially with all the paperwork!"

   Today the Bustamantes are very pleased with their house, one of six that Avenue CDC has completed in the Near Northside this year.  They enjoy their quiet community in the Ryon subdivision.  The three-bedroom, two-bath home is Energy Star certified, ensuring savings on future utility bills.  Most importantly, the Bustamantes love their yard, and they have been able to create the garden they always wanted. 



Energy Star_money isnt all you're saving

Avenue CDC's development program utilizes "green building" techniques and materials to make our homes healthier for our buyers as well as better for the environment.


All new Avenue CDC homes are Energy Star certified, reducing utility usage and saving the residents $200-$400 in utility costs annually per the U.S. Department of Energy.


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