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Improving Literacy in Affordable Housing

Houston Multifamily

The Houston Housing Authority really knows how to help when people need assistance with literacy. Since 2012, it’s created and expanded six libraries at its affordable housing properties, distributed 13,000 books, and hosted literacy classes, and now it’s launching a series of Family Literacy Festivals to promote summer reading and literacy rates. (Now more people can read Game of Thrones and complain about the changes they make in the show.) Above are Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF) prez Dr. Julie Finck, HHA board chairman Lance Gilliam, and BBHLF co-chair Neil Bush at Friday’s festival at Irvinton Village. BBHLF donated 6,000 gently used books for the event.


There will be three more Family Literacy Festivals this month at Clayton Homes, Lincoln Park, and Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway (plus two events next month). At the festivals, volunteers read a book aloud for 25 minutes, host interactive sessions with the kids, and send children home with goodie bags of books, activity sheets, and free passes to the Children’s Museum.