Cuellar Secures $2.1 Million for Housing Upgrades to Southeast San Antonio Public Housing
Earmark was requested in FY23 Appropriations Bill Project funding will address capital improvements to prevent health and safety hazards for 722 residents
Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148), October 18, 2022
San Antonio, TX—Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced today that he secured $2,160,000 to address health and safety hazards at four southside Opportunity Home San Antonio public housing communities: Fair Avenue, Linda Lou, Riverside and Highview apartment complexes. The project funding includes money for making critical repairs and providing 4 emergency generators in the event of a major power outage, such as those caused by the 2021 winter storm.
More specifically, renovations will include elevators at elderly and disabled properties, new roofs, new exterior lighting to enhance resident safety, and infrastructure such as walls, plumbing, water and power improvements. The repairs will benefit over 722 residents.
“As an elected representative serving on the House Appropriations Committee, I have been committed to securing federal dollars to help improve public housing options in South and Central Texas. Safe, affordable housing is the most important factor in determining success for our neighbors and friends that need assistance securing permanent housing,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Southeast San Antonio will greatly benefit from these upgrades. As the city continues to assist individuals experiencing homelessness, these communities will ensure that our friends and neighbors have stable housing. Thank you to State Representative, Elizabeth “Liz” Campos, and the rest of our local leaders who continue to ensure that southside San Antonio residents have the resources they need.”
"Congressman Cuellar has delivered for San Antonio. The federal funds that he has secured for Fair Avenue Apartments reaffirm his lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life for seniors and helping the most vulnerable in our community,” said State Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Campos.
“We are immensely grateful to Congressman Cuellar and Representative Campos for supporting the Community Project Funding allocation to provide immediate relief to critical capital improvement needs,” said Opportunity Home President and CEO Ed Hinojosa, Jr. “This funding serves as a strong demonstration of our commitment to our residents and allows our organization to prioritize developments that improve the quality of life for families across our city.”
These funds will be used for critical improvements identified by a 2022 facility needs assessment that will protect residents from health and safety hazards.
This funding is crucial to ensuring Opportunity Home San Antonio can continue to provide stable housing for many in the community and prevent an increase in the houseless population in the city as well. Without a stable home, these families will not be able to maintain a steady income, continue their primary and advanced education and training, or remain in good health. Housing stability is the first step in ensuring our community can participate in and contribute to a growing economy.