Independence Heights is a historic neighborhood located in northwest Houston. Known as the first city incorporated by African Americans, the community is home to more than 14,000 people. Over the last year residents, former residents, business owners, church leaders, parents, educators, community leaders, and our partners have come together to imagine and envision a new future for our historic community. Through a series of community meetings, stakeholders came together to create a shared vision for the community called the “Quality of Life Agreement”.
Once a vibrant and thriving community with neighborhood serving businesses, schools and churches, we face many challenges. The community has seen major shifts in its housing stock and there has been little investment in our infrastructure over the last twenty years. As a result there are abandoned lots, dilapidated housing, public safety concerns, and high rates of poverty. Many of the original residents have aged but still reside in the community. While younger generations have moved away.
Change is on the horizon in Independence Heights. We are building on our strengths, our history, churches, excellent schools, community resources, and our people.
We envision that Independence Heights will be a vibrant community built on a foundation of faith and a historic past. We envision a safe and healthy community, with enterprise opportunities and resources that serve the needs of our multi-ethnic and multi-generational residents.
A brief history of Independence Heights
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