SEHTA Vision

The Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA) is a collaborative effort that brings together residents and key stakeholders to transform Southeast Houston area into a healthy, vibrant, and economically stable community.

In November 2011, University of Houston Research Professor Carroll Parrott Blue received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Initiative.  Three guiding principles emerged from the community’s input and participation in Our Town’s activities, plans, historic research and arts as supported by this grant:

• Personal and environmental health, wellness, and nutrition
• Urban connectivity
• Community empowerment and organization

In order to address the concerns raised from the results from Our Town’s initial work, SEHTA was formed in October 2012 and received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status in March 2013.

GO Neighborhood

In January 2013, OST/South Union was designated a GO Neighborhood by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  SEHTA serves as the Steering Committee in conjunction with Neighborhood Recovery Community Development Corporation (NRCDC) as the Convening Agency.  GO Neighborhoods is a multi-year comprehensive initiative for revitalizing Houston communities by addressing the many aspects of developing a sustainable community – a good place to work, live, and raise a family. Additional technical assistance came in January 2013 from Blue’s National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program award.

SEHTA History
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For more information, contact
Gwen Fedrick | OST – South Union GO Neighborhood
713-520-5232 | gfedrick @ nrcdc.org

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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.