Numerous colonia groups, housing officials, UTPA, HUD, USDA, and AEP were among those represented at a house warming celebration in Edcouch on Thursday for the first eight families to move into in the first silver LEED certified neighborhood in South Texas. Proyecta Azteca administered the building of the 32 homes.
Samuel and Yolanda Gonzalez received a certificate and a basket of items for the home as they moved into a new silver LEED certified home in Edcouch. The Gonzalez family put 550 sweat equity hours of work into the building of their home. Because the homes are energy efficient the Gonzalez family will have lower monthly bills.
Proyecto Azteca, an award winning self-help housing program, was founded over 20 years ago by the United Farm Workers, Texas Rural Legal Aid, and the Texas Low Income Housing Service to fulfill a dream of Cesar Chavez to provide decent and affordable housing for colonia residents and migrant workers.
Rebecca Harrington, the former United Farm Workers leader in South Texas, had a new street named in her honor in a new subdivision in Edcouch on Thursday. Harrington spoke at a house warming celebration for families moving into silver LEED certified homes. Harrington said farm workers made the Rio Grande Valley what it is today.
Lucio: Passage of SB 24 is historic day for RGV State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., has sent the Guardian the floor speech he gave Wednesday in support of SB 24, the historic legislation that creates a new university and four-year medical school in South Texas.
Cornyn votes against Senate immigration reform bill On Monday, the RGV Equal Voice Network held a news conference outside U.S. John Cornyn’s Harlingen office, its members making an impassioned plea for Texas’ senior senator to vote for “humane” immigration reform.