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Fifth Ward

Convening Agency

The Independence Heights Redevelopment Council (IHRC)

Fifth Ward CRC Overview and History

Organized in 1989 by 5th Ward civic leaders, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC), a NeighborWorks Charter Affiliate, is a catalytic organization dedicated to the collaborative fostering of holistic community development. As a steward of Houston’s Historic 5th Ward and comprehensive community developer, FWCRC strives to reduce blight and improve the quality of life for its residents by directing its leadership and coalition building skills to bring synergy among the initiatives of public, private and social service organizations. The finished product is a healthy and vibrant community for residents and visitors.

FWCRC implements its mission through six lines of business: real estate development, homeownership promotion and preservation, economic development, art and cultural development, community and supportive services, and asset and property management. 

As an established leader in community development, FWCRC and its partners are aggressively pursuing activities designed to improve the lives of residents in the 5th Ward. FWCRC values their goal of sustaining, inviting and celebrating the 5th Ward as the community rebuilds. Efforts are motivated by the desire to honor the history of the community while creating a future that will transform the way greater Houston views the 5th Ward district. Taking a holistic approach to community development, FWCRC has moved beyond home building and commercial development; the renaissance of Lyons Avenue is truly an invitation to join a progressive journey to a multi-million-dollar development strategy through 2020.

FWCRC’s collaborations with key partners have resulted in even more transformative accomplishments for the neighborhood in recent years. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Acquired land for a new Legacy Community Health clinic on Lyons Avenue.
  • Obtained both a state designation and a national planning grant for a new cultural district on Lyons Avenue in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Cultural Affairs.
  • Leading disaster recovery work for hundreds of Fifth Ward residents through its partnerships with Houston LISC, other funders, volunteer groups, and other service providers like Houston Habitat for Humanity.
  • Construction or rehabilitation of 1,000 housing units, two parks, five public art displays, and 50,000 square feet of commercial space.
  • Rehabilitation of the 74-year-old DeLuxe Theater and the assemblage of more than 70 lots for future development Members of the GO Team participated in a National Community Building and Engagement
  • Training co-hosted by Fifth Ward CRC in partnership with NeighborWorks America Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment
  • Corporation’s mission is to be a catalytic organization dedicated to the collaborative fostering of holistic community development.

Mission


Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation’s mission is to be a catalytic organization dedicated to the collaborative fostering of holistic community development.


GO Neighborhoods Program Coordination


Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation was nominated by the 5th Ward community to serve as the convening agency. Key participants at the time of nomination included: Fifth Ward Bond, Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood and Civic Clubs, and the Fifth Ward Coalition of Churches. As a GO Neighborhood convening agency, FWCRC will continue to collaborate with community groups and individuals in the 5th Ward community. The future of the 5th Ward community will grow from commitments to sustain the culture and population that have made it their home; to invite new residents, uses, events, places and opportunities to share in the future and to celebrate the heritage of the past and the possibilities of the future assembled through music, art, and lively expression of the community.

  • Target and Focus of 5th Ward GO: 
    • Affordable housing
    • Education
    • Environment
  • Plans for 2019:
    • Recruit a Go Coordinator
    • Kickoff GO Neighborhood Health & Wellness Fairs (Check calendar for dates)
    • Community Gladiator Training (dates will be forthcoming)