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.
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.
GO Teams are the backbone of the GO Neighborhood process. Led by community residents and stakeholders, GO Teams support each aspect of the GO Neighborhood’s mission through weekly and monthly meetings, community activities and events, and major community projects.
1. Arts, History and Culture
2. Economic Development/Family Income and Wealth
3. Education and Youth
4. Health and Wellness
7. Leadership and Civic Engagement
8. Safety and Clean-ups.
9. Strollin’ & Rollin’ (pedestrians, bike and transit riders)
For more information on the OST South Union GO Neighborhood, and to join a GO Team, please visit us at: Go-Neighborhoods.org/southunion; and Sehta.org; email us at email@example.com or call us at 713-520-5232. Information about many of our past projects is available at Bayou Voices SEHTA Page