Neighborhood Tours of EastPoint

April 6, 2016 -
4:15pm to 6:00pm


All three tours will focus on a different topic in the EastPoint neighborhood, where many federally- and locally-funded initiatives are working together toward a common goal to become a vibrant community, rich in diversity and opportunity, and catalyzing progress throughout the Eastside. Tours have limited space and are first-come, first-served.

Reception to follow at Pearl Studio (200 E Grayson St) 

1.   Early Childhood and Education

This tour will focus on early childhood, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Relevant efforts include:

  • increasing access to high-quality child care, Pre-K, and other supports to ensure children are kinder-ready;
  • school-based and out-of-school time interventions to help kids succeed, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; and
  • the “community school” model of supports and services for families and neighborhood residents who may not have children in school.

Applicable initiatives include the US DOE Eastside Promise Neighborhood, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s dual-generation initiative, the US DOE Wheatley Full-Service Community School, and US DOE Idea Public Schools.

2.   Housing, Neighborhood, and Community Safety

This tour will focus on housing, neighborhood, and community safety. Relevant efforts include:

  • converting the 1940s-era Wheatley Courts public housing site into a 305-unit mixed-income community;
  • completion of the 194-unit, mixed-income Sutton Oaks Phase I and 286 mixed-income units in Sutton Oaks II and III;
  • creating green spaces and community gardens;
  • improving walkability and creating a multi-modal transit hub;
  • a new primary care clinic; and
  • reducing recidivism, and hotspot policing.

Applicable initiatives include the US HUD Wheatley Choice Neighborhood, US DOJ Byrne community safety, and My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio

3.   Economic and Workforce Development

This tour will focus on community economic development, including efforts to grow new businesses and jobs and on workforce development. Relevant efforts include:

  • redevelopment planning;
  • Small business development and recruitment, microloans for new businesses
  • job training and placement; and
  • family financial empowerment.

Applicable initiatives include the Promise Zone and the US Economic Development Administration’s planning grant to support development in the Promise Zone.