Wheatley Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
The Future is in Our Hands
Wheatley Courts is a 255-unit family community at the heart of San Antonio’s Eastside. Built in the 1940’s, the community is one of the oldest public housing developments in San Antonio. The vision is to redevelop the property and help to restore the community to its earlier distinction.
In March 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new Obama Administration Choice Neighborhoods planning grants to invest in the revitalization of communities like San Antonio’s Eastside. HUD’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty by linking housing improvements with a wider variety of public services including schools, public transit and employment opportunities. One planning grant was awarded to the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) as lead applicant to transform Wheatley Courts and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Wheatley CNI vision is to have a thoughtful inclusive community building process that leads to a transformation strategy that ultimately results in a community of “choice”. A community enriched with quality housing, education, entertainment, employment, health and growth opportunities. A community whose assets are “owned” and “managed” by its residents long after Choice is gone.
The Wheatley CNI is one of HUD's signature initiatives aimed at the redevelopment of Public Housing Properties and the revitalization of areas of concentrated poverty, requiring a comprehensive investment. This work dovetails with that of the Eastside Promise Neighborhood initiative, which operates within a larger but overlapping geographic footprint. With a focus on improving educational outcomes through a data-driven "community schools" approach, the goal is to realize the promise of San Antonio's Eastside by seeing it become a neighborhood where families and children stay, grow, and graduate.
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