Cleme Manor, Under the Tent
5300 Coke Street, Houston, TX 77020
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Master of Ceremony
Fred Mitchell, Senior Vice President, The NHP Foundation
Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
Richard Burns, President & CEO, The NHP Foundation
Ila Frank, Cleme Manor Resident
Lashanda Hightower, Cleme Manor Resident
Dr. Edward Pringle, Director, Houston U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Office
Betty Gregory, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) Harris County Leadership Board
Kathy Blueford-Daniels, President, Greater Fifth Ward, Super Neighborhood #55
Tom McCasland, Director of Housing & Community Development Department, Houston
Mark Montgomery, CEO, BBVA Compass, Houston
Neal Drobenare, Senior Vice President, The NHP Foundation
Immediately following speeches
CLEME MANOR APRARTMENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Mayor Sylvester Turner has proudly proclaimed Houston to be “One City of One Community.” At Cleme Manor Apartments, The NHP Foundation (NHPF) is committed to helping realize that vision for the City of Houston and its Fifth Ward residents.
Cleme Manor is located in Finnegan Park, a neighborhood of single family homes in need of redevelopment. Publically funded improvements (including an enhanced park, new community center, boys club and a school) made Finnegan Park better, but still not good enough to encourage private redevelopment by single family homebuyers. The problem was Cleme; a poorly managed low-income housing project that had become a haven for gang-related criminal activity.
Working with the City of Houston and forward-thinking fair housing advocates, NHPF could see a future in which a safe and revitalized Cleme Manor could play a key role in making Finnegan Park a thriving mixed-income area. NHPF’s purchase of Cleme Manor and commitment to an ambitious renovation program is transforming this gated community of 284 garden style apartments. Funding sources for this work include the City of Houston, HOME funding, Tax Increment Financing, FHA D4 lending, and 9% LIHTC funding from TDHCA.
Set for completion by January 2018 under contractor Diggs Houston, the program includes: Asbestos removal and lead paint abatement; new kitchen appliances and bathroom features; improvements to the lighting and mechanical systems; replacement of plumbing supply lines; and energy-efficient upgrades including window replacements, building re-insulation, and temperature and water controls.
Throughout Cleme Manor, residents will see improvements to accessibility, parking, the playground and BBQ areas, dumpster enclosures and landscaping. The clubhouse is already home to many Operation Pathways programs for Cleme Manor residents and their Finnegan Park neighbors. Participation encourages academic excellence, financial security, and physical wellness. The clubhouse will continue to grow in its stature as Cleme Manor’s central hub.
NHPF envisions Cleme Manor as part of a community of neighbors, which is so much more than just a portfolio of affordable housing units.
REHABILITATION FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
City of Houston
Tax Increment Financing
FHA D4 Lending
9% LIHTC Funding from TDHCA