SAHA Board Approves New Affordable Housing, Expanded Public Housing Wi-Fi, Security Services
June 5, 2020
The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) Board of Commissioners approved six new affordable housing developments totalling approximately $260 million in construction costs on June 4, which will increase the affordable housing stock with approximately 1,200 new units to address the ongoing housing shortages across the city.
“It is a proud day for SAHA. We are building with a purpose. At a time when affordable housing is needed more now than ever, the San Antonio Housing Authority is exploring innovative opportunities to increase housing for residents,” said David Nisivoccia, SAHA President and CEO.
The SAHA Board of Commissioners approved to enter into a development agreement with the NRP Group to construct Alazan Lofts, a 88-unit family development in the near Westside of San Antonio. The Alazan Lofts is the most subsidized affordable housing development in San Antonio with 80 low income housing tax credit units, of which 40 are public housing. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and expected to be completed in fall 2021.
The SAHA Board also approved :
- 1604 Lofts in the city’s Eastside, which will consist of 324 family units, all of which will be low-income housing tax credit units. Construction is projected to begin July of 2020 and expected to be completed in April of 2022.
- Trader Flats in the city’s Southwest, side which will consist of 324 family units, all of which will be low-income housing tax credit units. Construction is projected to begin July of 2020 and completed in April of 2022.
- 100 Labor Street in the Victoria Commons neighborhood, just south of the Tower of the Americas, which will consist of 213 family units. Construction is projected to begin summer 2020, and expected to be completed in summer 2022.
- Tampico Apartments in the city’s near Westside which will consist of 200 family units, 136 of which will be low-income housing tax credit units. Construction is projected to begin in July 2020 and completed by January 2022.
- Mira Vista Apartments on the city’s far Westside which will consist of 312 family units, all of which will be low-income housing tax credit units. Construction is projected to begin in July 2020, and is expected to be completed by January 2022.
The SAHA Board also approved a $200 million 2021 Fiscal Year Budget which includes $3 million of Moving-to-Work Funds to expand Wi-Fi connectivity to thousands of public housing residents and $14 million to preserve and expand affordable and public housing. Other budget items approved include:
- Community development initiatives including increasing food assistance to 20,000 households valued at $1 million
- Providing 1,800 Family Self Sufficiency and Jobs Plus program participants
- Helping 20 residents graduate from the Family Self Sufficiency Program with more than $100,000 in escrows to become homeowners
- Providing 50 college scholarships for student residents
- Assisting more than 1,500 elderly and disabled residents to help maintain independence
- Hosting more than 1,200 community events and activities for more than 18,000 residents
The SAHA Board also voted to expand its security services for resident safety including more than $1 million for the first year and gradually increasing to $1.2 million in four years.
The Board also approved proposed revisions to the Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) and the Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan (Admin Plan).