For decades, the near Westside has been known for its colorful murals depicting residents over generations, their local bakeries with the best pan dulce and the pride that illuminates from the neighborhood residents. But also over the decades, the growth around the city has left the beautiful Westside behind where lack of investment in the community has been evident.
The chipped paint and aging infrastructure are signs of a community left behind while economic integration and social mobility move neighborhoods forward in other parts of the city.
According to a recent study supported by the San Antonio Area Asset Funders Network (AFN), residents in the 78207 zip code have below average outcomes in employment, health insurance coverage, income and education.
Reinvesting in the 78207 community is necessary to increase opportunities for all its residents to have a brighter future.
SAHA values the residents of the Alazan community and believes in investing in housing, education and growth opportunities for generations to come.
San Antonio’s westside is on the brink of a revitalization it desperately needs. In the next few years, the community will see the grand opening of Artisan at Ruiz, Tampico Apartments, The Legacy at Alazan, and other developments to increase affordable and subsidized housing options for residents in the historic and near Westside.
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The Legacy at Alazán
The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) is excited to spearhead the development of The Legacy at Alazán — formerly referred to as Alazan Lofts — a new 88-unit community, and expand the quality of affordable housing.
SAHA partnered with the NRP Group and garnered 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) to build the development.
The Legacy at Alazán will be an example of a modern, affordable housing development with amenities such as a community center, central heating and air conditioning and other conveniences older developments built in the 30s and 40s lack.
Aspire at Tampico
200 Total Units
The Tampico Apartments is a multi-family development in partnership with Mission DG near Southtown in District 5.
The Alazan community is historic, and that is why it is important for SAHA, the community, and the City of San Antonio continue to invest in its future.
The Alazan Courts were built in the 1930s with cement cinder blocks during the pre-World War II era. While they are provided affordable housing for residents for more than 80 years, they are no longer fit for modern times and standards.
SAHA conducted a feasibility study to see if there was a way to rehabilitate the community while preserving the integrity of the building. However, It is not feasible to rehab a distressed community built with cement cinder blocks.
Residents are unable to have access to a central air/heating system nor dryer connections nor interior insulation which makes winters colder and summers hotter.
While we recognize the historical significance of the community, so too are the needs of the residents living in these units every day and the future residents.
In an Alazan resident needs assessment conducted in Spring 2020:
- A majority of the residents said the apartments were too old and are a reason why they dislike living at Alazan Courts
- Demolishing the current buildings and building newer apartments was voted as the top outcome that could make Alazan Courts a better place to live
- Approximately 80 percent of residents surveyed said they would prefer the buildings be rebuilt rather than remodeled.
In the summer of 2019, SAHA began the process of redeveloping the community. SAHA is exploring many funding sources, including tax credits, to build a new Alazan community for current and future residents in need of subsidized housing. The entire process will be driven by the community and is expected to take five to ten years to complete the community engagement, funding, regulatory approval, and design process.
SAHA has provided Alazan residents subsidized housing for generations, and the agency will continue to do so for generations to come.
Artisan at Ruiz
102 Total Units
Artisan at Ruiz is a multi-family development in partnership with Franklin Development on the Westside of San Antonio. SAHA was the recipient of 9 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in July 2018 for Artisan at Ruiz.