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HACEP Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Community

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), joined by Sundt Construction who will be the contractor on the project, officially broke ground Wednesday on the full reconstruction of the Sherman Community as part of HACEP’s overall $1 billion initiative to revitalize El Paso’s affordable housing communities.

The Sherman Apartments, as it is officially named, was originally built in 1953 in south-central El Paso and is known for being one of the larger communities in HACEP’s housing portfolio. The entire revitalization of the Sherman Community will be done in two large phases divided by Sherman-North and Sherman-South.

Sherman-South will be a rehabilitation project in which the outer structures will stay intact but the complete interior will be redone. Sherman-North will be a full reconstruction that will require demolition of 18 low-rise buildings containing 144 residential homes.

The new construction will consist of all 18 buildings, but an additional 34 homes to offer a total of 178 brand new affordable homes.

This plan will allow HACEP to utilize the parcel of land to its maximum potential expanding the capacity to serve more families in need.

“Our goal throughout this entire historic initiative is to provide safe, quality, affordable housing to those most in need in El Paso,” shares HACEP Board Chair Burt Blacksher. “When we get the chance to fully reconstruct an entire community, then we see this as an opportunity to determine how we can better serve more families throughout our city.”

The reconstruction of Sherman-North is part of HACEP’s overall project to revitalize all affordable housing communities in its portfolio through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Nearly 6,000 of HACEP’s homes in El Paso are being revitalized. HACEP’s complete revitalization effort consumes 3% of the national allotment allowed for the RAD program. HACEP was the first largest public housing agency (PHA) to enter into the RAD program.

“This reconstruction project exemplifies HACEP’s relentless effort to truly transform our city one community at a time,” states HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon. “In just the last six years HACEP will have invested $123 million into south-central El Paso alone through the complete new construction of Alamito, Paisano Green Community, Tays-South, and now Sherman-North.”

Once construction is complete by winter 2017, Sherman-North will be a LEED certified community containing Energy-Star appliances, central heating and cooling, in addition to a new daycare center and community center for social events and classes. The community will also contain new playgrounds, an athletic court, and picnic areas throughout. In July 2014 HACEP was awarded $15 million by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) to help fund this $24 million construction project.

For more information: http://www.hacep.org/about-us/rad

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