HOPE HOUSING FOUNDATION PROPOSES HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

By DD TURNER May 1, 2018 Updated May 1, 2018

A proposed housing development would help address a few pressing needs – affordable homes for veterans as well as offering assistance to help veterans transition out of the military.

Alvin Johnson, president of Hope Housing Foundation, plans to use 20 acres behind Sea Greens to build the Veterans Village. It will consist of duplexes as well as single-family dwellings. The foundation owns both Sea Greens and Seabreeze as well.

Johnson spoke to members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4403 Wednesday, April 16, to explain the project and gauge the support for the project.

“As part of it we want to offer job training and search assistance, medical care, food and utility assistance and more,” said Johnson.

Wehmeyer Services has offered to provide HGHC training and Formosa will offer job training as well as Formosa Plastics, who will be developing a program.

Johnson noted some statistics: Vietnam War veterans make up the majority of homeless veterans, which also includes World War II, Gulf wars and Iraq veterans.

A key to the success of the program, said Johnson, will be financial support from the local business, plants and community.

But Johnson said they were working with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Veterans Administration in order to utilize those programs as well to help veterans.

In addition, the post’s Adjutant Laval Simons has been speaking to lawmakers in Texas as well as Washington, D.C., seeking their support for the project. He told the post members he had an appointment to speak with Sen. Ted Cruz about the project.

A priority issue for Johnson is helping soldiers’ transition from the military to civilian life.

“What they do in the military does not always transition into a job in civilian life,” said Johnson. “We want to have job training, counseling and care to help the soldiers make that transition.”

Lydia Jones, community coordinator for Sea Greens and Seabreeze and a veteran, said her experience, as a medical readiness staff sergeant didn’t transition into a job in civilian life as hospital administrator. “I ran a hospital in the military, a degree wasn’t required. But it is as a civilian so I wasn’t qualified.

“If you are a Navy SEAL, what are you going to do? That’s not something that transitions. You have to re-invent yourself, look for a new career and change directions,” she said.

Johnson was asked about the housing and whether anyone could apply with the example of a widow applying to stay in the home.

“We have to follow Fair Housing guidelines but we are going to target veterans first,” he said.

Jones said the project wants to have a community garden, a visiting doctor, health and wellness and more.

Hope Housing Foundation is a Texas nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion, and creation of quality affordable housing.

“Our goal is to provide quality affordable housing as well as offer community development programs, resident services, educational scholarships, and further activities and programs that will enhance the lives of the residents and communities we serve,” according to a press release on the company’s website, https://www.hopehousingfoundation.org.

“The veterans are happy,” said Jones.

During the meeting, the post presented an award for his donation of $5,000 to the post.

HOPE HOUSING FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP THE PROPOSED VETERANS’ VILLAGE OF PORT LAVACA

Hope Housing, a leader in developing and managing high quality, affordable housing communities, will be delivering new, innovatively planned housing with abundant resources for Port Lavaca military veterans and their families. This is a unique and innovative approach to quality comprehensive housing.

Veterans Village will be a quality 20-acre housing program for veterans in Port Lavaca, Texas that will be attached to the existing Sea Green apartment homes. The new development in the city of Port Lavaca will feature 110 one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom single family residences. The property also provides garage attachments for residents. Geared towards resident’s needs, there will be a dedicated open space that is planned to feature a community public garden, a community center that will host a fitness center, and large conference rooms.

“It’s a strategic step in achieving our longer-term vision that every person will live in a strong, healthy, sustainable community. We support affordable housing projects and we will do all that we can to help them get built here. This action puts to best use currently vacant land to create housing for those most in need,” said Alvin Johnson, President of Hope Housing Foundation.

“We want to provide affordable housing for families and individuals from all walks of life, and we are especially honored to support this development that will help fill the critical demand for housing in our community. This is the respect and dignity we need to do as a community,” said Lydia Jones.

All of the units will be handled through various referral agencies and organizations including service providers, community partners, and Veteran Centers.

For further details, please join us at the Veteran Town Hall meeting on Monday, May 16th from 6:30pm-8pm at VFW Post 4403 : 16 Konrad Road, Port Lavaca, Texas 77979.

Hope Housing Foundation (HOPE) is a Texas nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion, and creation of quality affordable housing for seniors, students, and low to moderate income families. Our goal is to provide quality affordable housing as well as offer community development programs, resident services, educational scholarships, and further activities and programs that will enhance the lives of the residents and communities we serve.”

HOPE HOUSING FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THE UNITED STATESDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO PRESERVE 232 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN DALLAS, TX.

Dallas, Texas, Friday, January 30, 2015—Hope Housing Foundation (HOPE) a McKinney, Texas based 501(c)(3) affordable housing provider has acquired a 232 unit Multi-Family community in Dallas, Texas known as Ridge at Trinity Apartments / fka Trinity Trails Apartments (The COMMUNITY). The COMMUNITY was developed in the early 1970’s in Partnership with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The COMMUNITY was acquired by HOPE receiving a first mortgage loan from Christopher Martineau with Mutual of Omaha Bank, brokered by Jason Pumpelly and Justin Shuart of Walker Dunlop, Dallas’ office. Equity was provided by a group of investors syndicated by James Ferguson of Ferguson Financial and Stuart Wright of Reed and Company CPA. HOPE decided that this was a perfect opportunity to acquire an asset that would allow them to further perpetuate its Mission of positively affecting the lives of the community they serve, and become one of the most effective multi-family affordable housing providers in Dallas market.

The COMMUNITY is in the process of rebranding and planning a major renovation project where in excess of $5,000,000 in upgrades will be deployed. The COMMUNITY will be professionally managed by Assertive Management Group, Hope Housing Foundation’s wholly owned Managing Agent.

For additional information on this transaction, or how HOPE can assist with other contact Alvin Johnson.

HOPE HOUSING FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THE UNITED STATESDEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO PRESERVE 232 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN DALLAS, TX.

Hallettsville, Texas, Monday, March 31, 2014—Hope Housing Foundation (HOPE) a McKinney, Texas based 501(c)(3) affordable housing provider has acquired a 24 unit Multi-Family community in Hallettsville, Texas known as Lavaca Landing Apartments (The COMMUNITY). The COMMUNITY was developed in the early 1980’s using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)’s issued by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

The COMMUNITY was acquired by HOPE receiving a generous donation of the General and Limited Partnership Interest from the previous Owner. HOPE decided that this was a perfect opportunity to acquire an asset that would allow them to further perpetuate its Mission of positively affecting the lives of the community they serve, and become one of the largest multi-family affordable housing providers in Hallettsville.

The COMMUNITY is financed with a Rural Development loan from the USDA, and has a Housing Assistance Payment contract from HUD. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs was the issuer of the tax credits and is the ongoing compliance monitor. The COMMUNITY will be professionally managed by Assertive Management Group, Hope Housing Foundation’s wholly owned Managing Agent.

For additional information on this transaction, or how HOPE can assist with other opportunities, visit www.hopehousingfoundation.org, or contact Alvin Johnson.