The San Antonio Housing Authority will recommend to its board of commissioners today that SAHA “self-develop” the courts with the intent of keeping its roughly 1,200 low-income residents in the public housing property.
Roughly 80 housing activists on Saturday gathered on South Flores to protest the San Antonio Housing Authority’s plan to demolish Alazán Courts, among a slew of other grievances.
“Some of them ended up … in a lot of really bad places,” one SAHA commissioner said of East Side residents uprooted the last time the agency redeveloped public housing.
The San Antonio Housing Authority plans to demolish 501 public housing units, over multiple years, and replace them with a new mixed-income development.
In response to criticism over its eviction policy, SAHA said it will suspend noncriminal evictions until Dec. 31.
Several residents at Alazan-Apache Courts accuse the San Antonio Housing Authority of harassment by way of, what they describe as, bogus lease violations—which lead to evictions. SAHA paints a different picture.
At a heated Zoning Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners paved the way for the development of the Alazan Lofts, a controversial 88-unit, mixed-income housing development south of the Alazan Courts.
When they opened in 1941, the Alazán-Apache Courts were a relief from the slum conditions that defined the West Side. A new exhibit called “Los Courts,” which opens Saturday, explores that legacy.