District 5 Housing Fair Scheduled for April 21

District 5 Housing Fair Scheduled for April 21

WHAT: Preparations are under way for a District 5 Housing Fair that has the aim of allowing long-time Westside residents to stay in place and encourage others to return to their roots as well as attract new residents to a revitalized community.

WHO: District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC), LiftFund, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, UTSA College of Public Policy

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: 2300 W. Commerce

WHY: The City’s Westside presents unique situations that obstruct development:

There is a long tradition of home-ownership in the city’s Westside, 56.4 percent of homes in District 5 are owner-occupied. 69 percent of homes in District 5 were built prior to 1969. 62.5 percent of homeowners in District 5 are older than 55 years of age. The legacy of past “red-lining” practices has meant that the district’s housing stock has received comparatively little investment over time and the result is a high concentration of housing in need of repair. Many owner-occupied homes have been passed down through generations, sometimes leaving residents without legal documentation of ownership. Many D5 residents are young, low-to-middle income working families that could benefit from quality housing opportunities.