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In a partnership designed to serve families in need, grow neighborhoods and address Houston’s anticipated growth, the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement (CCPPI) and the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) are supporting the production of affordable housing in Southeast Houston. Both partners are committed to making the comfort of a safe, sound residence a possibility for Houstonians who are having difficulty making this a reality with a new approach to affordable housing with the construction of 100 Homes Initiative.

The 100 Homes Initiative will set a new standard for community development in Houston. Homes will be part of new, intact single-family subdivisions developed by the partners, as opposed to being scattered throughout existing subdivisions. The partners will develop three walkable, attractive, leafy subdivisions that are filled with homes that are in harmony with the existing homes in this vibrant, tree-lined section of Houston.  Also unique is the fact that the homes will be built on land that the Midtown Redevelopment Authority acquired for the express purpose of adding to the supply of affordable housing in Houston.














 Watch the short video below explaining the Affordable Housing Initiative.






3131 Emancipation Ave @ Elgin St.

render1The Affordable Housing Operations Center is a transformational mixed-use facility that is envisioned to house organizations, agencies, institutions, and corporations that support the production of affordable housing, economic development and improvement of life quality for low-to moderate income residents. Its mission is to house entities that will create and promote synergies of interaction for affordable housing and other activities that benefit historically underserved individuals. The Center will be operated by ccppi as it implements the legislative mandate of the Midtown Redevelopment Authority to facilitate affordable housing.

The Project will consist of a new office building that is five stories tall, with approximately 58,000 net rentable square feet. Adjacent to the office building is a multi-level precast concrete parking garage with about 215 parking spaces for the use of office tenants, their customers, and the community. The ground level includes a community room and cultural center in addition to approximately 7,500 square feet available for one or more retail tenants. A mix of local government organizations, commercial tenants, and housing-related nonprofits will occupy levels two through five. The exterior will be clad in a combination of large format vented tile, curtain wall with extended mullions and punched openings. The Level 1 lobby will house gathering and gallery space finished in ceramic floor and wall tile with a custom linear suspended ceiling system. An open stairwell going up to Level 2 and will have wood clad treads and a custom perforated metal railing with natural light from exterior window. The building’s window openings provide ample views of historic Third Ward, Emancipation Park, Downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The Level 1 public spaces provide opportunity for display of artwork and artifacts related to the history of the surrounding area. The south wall of the garage is designed to include culturally significant artwork for public display. The Operations Center and its garage are located at the northeast comer of Emancipation Avenue and Elgin Street.

The housing component, at the northeast comer of St. Charles Street and Elgin Street, is a 3-story 20-unit building with two levels of residential units containing a total of approximately 17,000 gross square feet over grade level parking with approximately 27 spaces for residents and their guests. Each unit is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence with roughly 650 square feet of living space. The exterior will be clad in large format fiber cement paneling with metal windows. Balconies will be privately accessed through the unit living area and a resident patio with seating will be provided on the ground floor.


3113 Saint Charles St.

render2Inspired by the tradition of close-knit homes of the Third Ward Community, ccppi is proposing a twenty-unit residential development on land provided by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority. Located at 3113 Saint Charles Street, at the northeast comer of Saint Charles Street and Elgin Street, this component of ccppi’s upcoming Affordable Housing Operations Center is a 3-story building with two levels of residential units. The exterior of the development will be clad with complimentary brick or cement paneling. Large windows will afford views of historic Third Ward, Emancipation Park, Downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. Approximately 27 spaces of ground level parking will be provided for residents and their guests.

​The development consists of a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residences, with roughly 650 square feet of living space. Each unit will have a balcony that can be accessed through the living area of the unit and a resident patio with seating will be provided on the ground floor.




Emancipation East and West Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Development is a 4-5 floor building complex at Emancipation and Drew with ~200 units (~120 affordable), ground level retail, and associated parking.The estimated cost of $32 million would be funded through low income housing tax credits, local government funding including the Midtown Redevelopment Authority, and private contributions.


86th Texas Legislative Session Interns/Fellows

Advocating for change in policies that positively impact and empower community is an important component of the work of ccppi.  During the 86th Texas Legislative Session our approach to supporting policy change took three primary forms. First, we partnered with highly respected and impactful organizations, the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas (CDF-Texas) to advocate for change in areas aligned with our Mission, Guiding Principles and foci. These partnerships included providing grants for interns to enhance advocacy and research teams. Second, we provided a gift to the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs to support the placement of six Laney Fellows and six Laney-Hobby Fellows as full-time legislative interns in offices of members of the Texas Legislature.  Students from the Barbara Jordan-Mickey-Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University were also identified and supported as interns through our 86th Legislative Session policy advocacy initiative.  Third, in addition to signing on to the legislative priorities of the Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, we directly lent voice for change through communications directly with members and advocates, as well as leveraging use of social media.


Click here for a pdf of the CPPP Session Wrap-Up:

CPPP Session Wrap Up 2019 Page 1

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