OCTOBER 2021 | News You Can Use
Dear FWHS Community,

This week’s cooler temperatures have our team in a fall mood and reflecting on the good things that have happened in 2021 – and what we want plan to accomplish before year’s end.

We’re thrilled to share that we have renamed the Hillside Apartments at the northeast corner of Downtown Fort Worth “Jennings Place” in honor Devoyd “Dee” Jennings, the longtime CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.

Construction has begun on Cowan Place Senior Living, our first residential property in the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood. And we are happily watching crews build The Huntley on East Weatherford Street, a 296-unit, mixed-income community opening in late 2022.

It's also worth noting that to date FWHS has distributed $7.2 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance to tenants and landlords who lost income due to COVID-19. These funds are keeping people in their homes and helping landlords cover their own bills. We are pleased to partner with the City of Fort Worth to ease what has been a difficult economic recovery for many.

We remain grateful for your support and for each day that our residents have a safe, affordable place to call home.

Mary-Margaret Lemons
President
New Self-Sufficiency Grad Planning Future Success
Charlotte Jones noticed the Family Self-Sufficiency Wall of Fame at the FWHS Administration building years ago and knew that she wanted her photo there, too.

Seven years later, the mother of four has graduated from the program and is a self-employed hairstylist who owns two other businesses and is planning to re-open her own salon.

She recently received a $27,000 escrow check upon her FSS graduation -- a program success incentive -- and plans to use the funds to pay off debt and purchase a home next year. Click here to find out how she did it.
The Huntley to Add 296 Downtown Apartments
Leasing Begins in Late 2022
Construction crews are finishing the foundation and setting beams for The Huntley, a 296-unit, mixed-income community at 904 E. Weatherford St. FWHS is developing the property with StoneHawk Capital Partners of Dallas. Pre-leasing is expected to begin in Fall 2022 with the first move-ins later that year.

The Huntley will share East First Street with Jennings Place, formerly known as the Hillside Apartments. Apartments will wrap-around a multi-level garage. The community will include 59 studios, 181 one-bedroom and 56 two-bedroom units.

The property will feature a resort-style pool, outdoor kitchen and lounge area, fitness center, rooftop lounge, golf simulator, business center and dog park and dog wash. Units will be furnished with stainless steel appliances, quartz counters and built-in shelving.
Jennings Place’ Honors Civic Leader Devoyd ‘Dee’ Jennings
Hillside Apartments, the 172-unit, Craftsman-style community at 300 Crump St., has been renamed “Jennings Place” in honor of Devoyd “Dee” Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years.

Mr. Jennings grew up in the neighborhoods surrounding the multifamily community. He died July 24 at age 73.

Mr. Jennings was an advocate for affordable housing and the mixed-income, multifamily development strategy that has allowed Fort Worth Housing Solutions to de-concentrate poverty and increase opportunity for its residents in recent years. Most recently, Mr. Jennings served on FWHS’s Butler Place Advisory Committee to guide future development of the former public housing community site that closed in December 2020. Read more here.
Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Update
New residential construction has begun in Stop Six! We broke ground on Cowan Place Senior Living last month and saw many of you on Zoom for our Sept. 29 community update. Watch the session on YouTube at https://youtu.be/GAk5SSnq88c.

Our colleagues at Urban Strategies, Inc. have added Family Support Specialist Gail Phills, who has worked extensively with older residents, to their team. USI also has added four satellite centers across Fort Worth to better assist former Cavile Place residents who relocated as part of the redevelopment effort. Those residents have the opportunity to return to Stop Six as new housing comes online.

Lastly, we still need your best suggestions on what to name future Stop Six CNI housing phases. Help us out by filling in this simple form: https://forms.gle/Nbeybiu91tj7CAX49

Learn more at StopSixCNI.org.
Emergency Rental Assistance Distribution Reaches $7.2 million
As of this week, FWHS has distributed $7.2 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds to 2,784 households through a partnership with the City of Fort Worth. The funds are available to tenants who have fallen behind on rent or utilities due to income loss related to COVID-19.
Tenants may open an application, or landlords may open an application on behalf of a tenant, at www.fwhs.org/erap/.

Dana Sinegal, FWHS manager of resident and community programs, discussed the program during the Oct. 3 edition of NBC 5’s Talk Street with Vince Sims. View the segment here. Email us at ERAP@fwhs.org with questions.
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