DECEMBER 2021 | News You Can Use
Dear FWHS Community,

I hope your holidays have been merry and bright and wish you the very best for a wonderful 2022!

As we head into the New Year, please know how grateful we are for our residents and many community partners who truly have changed the way we deliver affordable housing and rental assistance in Fort Worth.

2022 will see us break ground on Hughes House, a unique, mixed-use development for the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood, and on The Opal, a second phase adjacent to The Holston in the Alliance Corridor. We're also working toward a December completion of The Huntley, a 296-unit, mixed-income property at the northeastern edge of downtown.

We'll be making major re-investments in our existing portfolio, too, so that our properties remain beautiful and sustainable for the long term.
And we look forward to continuing to partner with the City of Fort Worth and others to provide emergency rental assistance and permanent supportive housing to our neighbors in need.

Our city thrives when people have safe, attractive and affordable housing with access to quality education and jobs that pay livable wages.

Thank you for everything you do to make Fort Worth the kind of city that people love to call home!

Mary-Margaret Lemons
Designs Approved for Hughes House
Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the City of Fort Worth have approved final designs for Phase I of Hughes House, the mixed-use development that will bring 210 apartments and townhomes with a variety of floor plans to the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood by 2023.

The development will rise on a portion of the former Cavile Place public housing site along East Rosedale Street and Amanda Avenue and will include about 12,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space ideal for neighborhood businesses. Crews are expected to break ground in June 2022, with substantial completion planned by Dec. 31, 2023.

Read full release and see renderings here.
Block Companies Named Hughes House General Contractor
Block Companies, a nationally recognized multifamily and commercial construction firm, has been named general contractor for Hughes House. McCormack Baron Salazar, the Initiative’s lead housing partner, selected Block based on the company’s commitment to excellence, reputation for implementing sustainable building practices and experience in connecting with minority-owned subcontractors, MBS leaders said.
Read more here.
Shuntoyia Shaw:
Building Her Own Business, Chasing Her Dreams
Former Cavile Place resident Shuntoyia Shaw has found her calling and is chasing her dream. She started a small business, Top of the Line Technician, in 2020 in part through support from Fort Worth Housing Solutions and USI Fort Worth, and is providing mobile phlebotomy and COVID-19 testing.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions staff, including Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative Director Lachelle Goodrich, shared resources and gave Shaw the support she needed at the time she needed it the most, including helping her form an LLC and get Top of the Line Technician off the ground.

“They literally saved my life,” Shaw said.

Read more about Shaw's story here.
Keeping Former Cavile Place Families Engaged, Supported  
Maria Castillo was 18 when she qualified for her own apartment at the former J.A. Cavile Place Apartments, a familiar community for the woman who had attended Maude Logan Elementary and Dunbar Middle School before graduating from Eastern Hills High School.

She was active in the community from the start, serving on an advisory board that helped assemble gift baskets for residents and attending many planning sessions to develop a vision for the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative before the public housing community was razed last April to allow for new, mixed-income development.

Today, the mother of three lives in a northeast Fort Worth community, and her children attend Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD schools. The Castillos are some of the 219 former Cavile residents supported by the Fort Worth-based Urban Strategies Inc. team with case management, resources and community engagement activities through the Choice Neighborhood effort.

Castillo hasn’t decided whether she will move back to Stop Six when new residential properties open over the next few years. But she appreciates efforts to serve families like hers and events like a recent holiday party and coat give-away sponsored by FWHS, Fort Worth ISD's Family Action Center and Witherite Law Group of Fort Worth.
Happy Holidays at Casa de Esperanza
A huge thank you to our development partner Ojala Holdings LLC for sponsoring a holiday brunch and party for residents of Casa de Esperanza, a model for permanent supportive housing created in late 2020 by the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Housing Solutions and a host of collaborators.

Special thanks to RPM Living, JPS Health Network, Presbyterian Night Shelter, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and Fort Worth Police Department for everything these partners did in 2021 to support the Casa community. The property has retained 95 percent of residents who moved into the efficiency apartments one year ago. Many are advancing their education, working and saving money toward self-sufficiency.

Check out more photos of this wonderful celebration here!
Emergency Rental Assistance Distribution Nears $13M
As of this month, FWHS has distributed about $13 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds to more than 4,400 households that lost income due to COVID-19 through a partnership with the City of Fort Worth. FWHS continues to process applications and is working to determine whether additional funds will be available to continue the program.

Financial assistance is available to tenants who have fallen behind on rent or utilities due to income loss related to the pandemic. The fastest way to get help is to apply online.

Tenants may open an application, or landlords may open an application on behalf of a tenant, at Email FWHS at with questions.
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