GLO-CDR has assisted communities in building or rehabilitating over 10,000 homes and 11,000 rental units. As part of the effort to rebuild after Hurricane Ike, the GLO is helping build 2,364 rental units in Galveston County, of which, the Villas on the Strand plays a vital role.
The Villas on the Strand was completed in June of 2017 and is located at 1524 Avenue B (Strand) Street. The multi-block development borders The Strand, which is in the heart of historic downtown Galveston. This mixed-income multifamily community features 160 modern apartments and townhomes, with successful occupancy rates for both the public housing units and the market rate units.
The Villas was built in the Central Business District and is close to downtown Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch, which is the largest employer in Galveston. This strategic location provides residents easy access to jobs, entertainment and family activities. The community also includes amenities such as a fitness center, playground, picnic areas, controlled parking and building access, in-unit washers and dryers, and on-site management and maintenance. It is also a certified sustainable community under both Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Energy Star for Homes and includes additional measures to increase their resiliency hurricanes.
The Galveston Public Housing Rental Replacement Program is part of the overall replacement of the 569 public housing units lost in Galveston due to Hurricane Ike. The first phase is building 97 units for which Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) have been assigned by HUD and issued to the Galveston Housing Authority (GHA). The next phase will replace the remaining 287 units to meet the target requirement for complete replacement.