The goal of SEHTA is to achieve positive transformation of Southeast Houston through community-based creative placemaking- empowering residents to bring values and community history to effect change through well-designed improvements to the physical environment enhanced by artistic and cultural expression projects.
Strong civic leadership has characterized our community for decades. During the last 20 years the OST/South Union Super Neighborhood Council has provided additional leadership. In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town project was awarded with support from the University of Houston and The Dawn Project, and for the first time we had the resources and assistance necessary to begin to move our ideas forward. As a result of this initiative, SEHTA, the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, was founded. In 2013, we became a LISC GO Neighborhood. At that time, we embarked on the process of creating this Quality of Life Agreement, which we consider a guide to our future.
Beginning in June 2013 and during the course of the next year we came together—residents, business owners, religious- and community-based organization leaders, elected officials, government agencies, educators and many others—to create a vision for our future and identify what we needed to do to achieve our vision. Meetings were held. Teams were formed. Strategies, projects, programs and policy recommendations were developed. Metrics to measure our success were identified, and partnerships were established. While we have already accomplished a great deal, we are committed to working together far into the future to make our vision a reality.
The driving force of this plan is our vision of an engaged and informed community working together to transform Southeast Houston into a healthy, vibrant, safe and economically stable community—a place that nurtures and supports us throughout our lives. And we have developed 29 strategies in eight opportunity areas to support our vision.
In 2009 Houston LISC launched the GO Neighborhoods program — a multiyear place-based initiative for revitalizing Houston communities. GO Neighborhoods is a comprehensive community development approach that leverages resources by working across traditionally disconnected sectors including: housing and real estate; family income and wealth; economic development; quality education; and healthy environments and lifestyle. LISC defines these as essential features of a sustainable community.
Partnerships for Sustainable Communities
LISC supports community stakeholders in defining and realizing their vision for their community through GO Neighborhoods. The program has been and continues to be co-created with the communities that adopt it. GO Neighborhoods supports residents, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders as they guide the development of their community while preserving their rich culture histories.
GO Neighborhoods community partners designate a convening agency in each neighborhood to manage the program. LISC provides funding for a full-time Community Coordinator, offers technical support for community organizing, planning and program implementation, and connects the community with regional partners that can support their efforts.
The program process has eight core elements that are continuous throughout;
Civic Partnership: Engaging the community in the comprehensive community development approach
Community Organizing: Supporting community partners in broadening their reach
Implementing Projects: Implementing projects that build up elements of the community vision
Leveraging Funding: Identifying additional resources to assist the community in realizing their vision
Neighborhood Leadership Development: Training to support a wide leadership base of stakeholders
Evaluating Impact: Examining outputs and outcomes, for telling our story and planning strategically
Learning Network: Sharing best practices and resources, and continually improving our work
OLD SPANISH TRAIL/SOUTH UNION GO NEIGHBORHOOD
EARLY ACTION PROJECT GRANT REQUEST
Early Action Project grants are available to neighborhood non -profit agencies, groups, or individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the vision of the OST/South Union GO Neighborhood.
Vision: We envision an engaged and informed community working together to transform Southeast Houston into a healthy, vibrant, safe and economically stable community, a place that nurtures and supports us throughout our lives.
Early Action Project Grant Requests should:
Provide seed funding for a project that will have an immediate impact on the quality of life in Super Neighborhood 68—south of Old Spanish Trail; north of Loop 610; east of 288 and west of Mykawa Road.
Build collaboration among a diverse representation of residents and other stakeholders from the community.
Lay the foundation for future projects and attract investment.
Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, the GO Neighborhood for OST South Union, is proud to present our first newsletter covering our work. You can download the PDF here: SEHTA Neighborhood News Vol. 1 feb14
Includes stories about:
Palm Center Farmers Market
Strollin’ & Rollin’
GO Education & Youth Team
Preston Roe Pavilion
Quality of Life Agreement Development
Early Action Project Grants
GO Housing Team
Proud Partner Awards
National Night Out
Who Represents Me