JUNE 2021 | News You Can Use
Stop Six CNI Community Update Set for June 30
Fort Worth Housing Solutions and McCormack Baron Salazar are finalizing financial and construction plans for Phase I of the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative, the 174-unit Cowan Place senior living community that will be built at East Rosedale Street and Stalcup Road. Construction is expected to begin this summer with leasing to begin in 2023.

Plan to join us on Zoom for a virtual community update from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

We’ll be discussing future Stop Six housing developments, support for former Cavile Place residents, plans for the Phalen Leadership Academy at Jacquet Middle School, and neighborhood improvements. We look forward to seeing you!
TCC South Hosts June 24 Job Fair
BLOCK Companies, general contractor for Cowan Place, and subcontractors on the development will meet with job-seekers during the Tarrant County College - South Campus Drive-Thru Job Fair, scheduled 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119.

Visit the BLOCK tables in Parking Lots 3 and 4 to learn about opportunities for technicians, mechanics, general laborers and other positions during the 24-month construction phase.

For more information, email Deirdre Barrett at dbarrett@blockcompanies.com or call 832-596-0120.
FWHS, AMTEX, Greystar Celebrate
Grand Opening of The Holston
FWHS celebrated the grand opening of The Holston, a luxury, mixed-income development serving residents in the thriving Alliance Corridor, on June 16, 2021, during a ribbon-cutting event with nationally recognized development partner AMTEX and global rental housing company Greystar. The event drew three newly-elected Fort Worth City Council members - Leonard Firestone (center, above) and Chris Nettles (right, above) and Michael Crain (not pictured).

The 264-unit property offers high-end amenities in a resort-style community off Texas 170 and Keller Haslet Road in an area near major distribution centers for companies like General Motors, BEHR, Facebook and UPS and the high-performing Northwest Independent School District. It is managed by Greystar, a global leader in the rental housing sector.

Half of the Holston’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units are leased at market rates; the other half are available to households earning 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income. The Holston is named in honor of Barbara Holston, a beloved community leader who served as president of the Fort Worth Housing Authority from 1993 to 2014.

View a photo gallery of the event here.
Barbara Holston Education Fund
Scholarship Applications Due June 30
Ms. Holston is a lifelong advocate for self-sufficiency who throughout her career encouraged housing residents to participate in programs designed to help them earn college degrees, increase job skills and master the financial skills needed to purchase a home. The Barbara Holston Education Fund was founded as an independent nonprofit organization in 2014 to honor her legacy by raising funds and awarding annual scholarships.

2021 Applications are due June 30. FWHS residents may apply now HERE.

The Fund has awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships to institutions of higher education and technical training programs since its inception. Scholarships are entirely supported by private donations. All contributions are tax deductible.

Make a gift now at https://www.bhefund.org/donate/.
FWHS, City of Fort Worth Delivering
Federal Emergency Rental Assistance
Fort Worth Housing Solutions continues to be a strong partner in the city’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Our agency has processed more than 900 applications and $1 million worth of claims from residents and landlords who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic since the program launched in early March.

Texas, Tarrant County and most metropolitan governments have millions in funds available to help residents and landlords. Assistance is generally available through Sept. 30, 2025, under a second round of federal funding. Begin an application today at https://www.fwhs.org/erap/.

Applicants must upload documents proving that the tenant lost income due to COVID-19 any time after March 13, 2020 – the date of the federal COVID-19 disaster declaration – and prove the debts that are owed on unpaid rent and/or utilities.

If you are unable to upload documents, email ERAP@fwhs.org or call 817-333-3524 for assistance.
Two Senior FWHS Executives to Retire in Summer 2021
FWHS is wishing two of our cherished senior executives a happy retirement this summer!

Riza Nolasco has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration since 2002 and provided leadership that ensured the agency’s financial integrity, regulatory accuracy, efficient technical operations and strong fiscal management. Under her guidance, FWHS has received national recognition for excellence in the area of government accounting and financial reporting.

Nolasco previously worked for the Dallas Housing Authority. She retires June 30 and is succeeded by Hector Ordonez, who joined FWHS in the senior executive financial role this month.

Selarstean M. Mitchell has served as Vice President of Assisted Housing since 2005 and is responsible for rental assistance voucher programs and several programs designed to provide housing for homeless residents. She retires July 29. Sonya A. Barnette, FWHS Deputy Director and Senior Vice President for Housing & Client Services, will provide leadership for Assisted Housing following Mitchell's retirement.

Mitchell worked in the Human Resources industry for two decades before joining the Housing Authority of New Orleans. She moved to Texas to establish a temporary office following Hurricane Katrina and was soon recruited to join the FWHS in her executive role.
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