San Antonio, Texas (March 17, 2022) – The San Antonio Housing Trust is working with local partners and developers to build two affordable housing communities that will blend non-profit community services with new affordable housing units. Arbors at West Avenue and Loma Vista Lofts will strengthen the San Antonio community by providing equitable housing and support services such as food pantries, parenting classes, financial literacy guidance, and other critical services.
“High quality affordable housing that provides supportive needs to working families is a great recipe for generational progress,” said Pete Alanis, Executive Director of the San Antonio Housing Trust. “Incorporating non-profit services from partners like Prospera Housing Community Services and the SA Hope Center Services, gives our San Antonio families the stability they need to thrive and succeed. It’s an investment in our people and who we are as a community.”
The Loma Vista Apartments will offer 212 units at 363 N. General McMullen Drive in District 5 across from Rosedale Park, next to the SA Hope Center, and along a VIA transit line. The $38-million-dollar community is being developed by Cohen-Esrey with support services offered by the SA Hope Center who will provide a food pantry, one-to-one case management, financial literacy, workforce development, and parenting classes.
“The SA Hope Center is excited to partner with Loma Vista Lofts to provide on-site wrap-around services to the residents of this apartment complex. Providing transformational programs in close proximity to affordable housing creates direct access for those seeking to become economically mobile and build strong healthy families,” said Megan Legacy, CEO of SA Hope Center.
The $52-million-dollar Arbors at West Avenue project will bring 234 affordable housing units to 3815 West Avenue in in District 1. Developed by Prospera Housing Community Services, the rehab and new construction neighborhood will be a multi-family development, next to an area school with support services such as a food pantry, eviction prevention program, employment readiness program, afterschool care, senior field trips and much more. Prospera will have an onsite service manager to help provide meaningful programs that resonate with the community.
“Arbors at West Avenue will provide onsite residential services that address Social Determinants of Health factors such as: food insecurities, economic stability, health and wellness programs, educational programs for youth residents, and social and community engagement. Prospera has a continued commitment to enhance personal and professional success for individuals, families and surrounding neighborhoods by offering robust supportive services that help communities become stronger and more resilient”, said Scott Ackerson, Executive Vice President at Prospera.
Since 1991, the SAHT has provided financial assistance for projects designed to support the City of San Antonio’s efforts to creating and preserving housing that is primarily affordable, accessible, attainable, and/or sustainable to residents within the City of San Antonio; and to support community development efforts that build and sustain neighborhoods, empower residents, and provide for positive equitable outcomes.
About the San Antonio Housing Trust and Foundation
The San Antonio Housing Trust provides opportunities to support affordable housing projects, programs, and initiatives in the form of loans, grants, and partnerships. Its goal is to align strategic housing investments with equitable values of economic inclusion, racial and ethnic diversity, and focus on underserved and vulnerable populations. The Trust is a fund established with a $10 million corpus by the City of San Antonio governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the San Antonio City Council. The day-to-day administration of the Housing Trust Fund and its affiliated entities is performed by the San Antonio Housing Trust Foundation, Inc. initially formed in 1991, as a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, under contract with the City of San Antonio.