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Welcome to the Third Ward-Cuney Homes Choice Neighborhood!

This is a pivotal moment in history to be able to revitalize one of the richest African American communities in Houston’s history, which is anchored by many historic pillars.
The Houston Housing Authority and the City of Houston are working with over 30 partners to apply for a $50M Fiscal Year 2023/2024 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant. From 2020-2023, the Third Ward-Cuney Homes CNI Transformation team conducted an inclusive planning process to develop and build consensus around place-based strategies that leverage opportunities and address challenges in the Third Ward neighborhood and to revitalize the Cuney Homes. HUD will make awards in the summer of 2024, the CNI grant period will be from 2024-2032.

About the Third Ward

The Third Ward evolved from the original six wards in Houston and is located immediately Southeast of Downtown Houston. The Third Ward or “The Tre” is the center of Houston’s African-American community. In 1872, some influential African-Americans raised $800 to purchase four acres of land. This land later became known as Emancipation Park, where annual Juneteenth celebrations are now held to commemorate the liberation from slavery. Other historic institutions include the Yates High School, Riverside General Hospital, and the Eldorado Ballroom, where musical greats like Ray Charles, Etta James, Jimmy Reed, and T-Bone Walker played.

Third Ward-Cuney Homes Transformation Plan

The Third Ward-Cuney Homes Transformation Plan represents a significant milestone in the nearly 3-year Choice Neighborhoods planning process. This comprehensive document encapsulates the collective community aspirations and vision for Cuney Homes and the Third Ward, thoughtfully crafted by the residents themselves.

Building upon this strong foundation, our dedicated team has successfully refined the plan and recently submitted it to HUD. The plan reflects not only the dreams and desires of the community but also serves as a blueprint for a vibrant and inclusive future for Cuney Homes and the Third Ward. Together, we are forging a path toward a thriving, equitable, and sustainable community that honors the voices and values of all our residents.

About the Third Ward

Located directly across from Texas Southern University (TSU), Cuney Homes was the first development completed by the Houston Housing Authority in 1938. The 32-acre site comprises 553 units that are home to over 1100 residents.  The apartment complex was named for Norris Wright Cuney, an influential African American Leader in Texas during the late 1800s. Cuney Homes was also home to Houston star athlete, musical artist, and beloved friend George Floyd until 2014.

“Cuney residents are close-knit; there’s a strong bond through generations of neighbors. We have become a family and together we are vested in our community. It is wonderful that we now have an opportunity to be a part of the changes that so many of us are looking forward to.”  -Veronica DeBoest, Cuney Homes Resident Council President