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Housing First Community Broke Ground on 17-Acre Towne Twin Village200+ Seniors Will Soon Find Homes, Support Service, and Community on the East Side. $15 Million was Raised to Fund the Effort.

On May 12, 2021 HFCC, Inc. (Housing First Community Coalition) broke ground on its new 17-acre Towne Twin Village, providing housing and support services for seniors in San Antonio experiencing long-term homelessness. Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Commissioner Tommy Calvert, District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, Gordan Hartman, Patti Radle, and HFCC Board Members and Coalition Partners formally recognized the beginning of construction at the site at 4711 Dietrich Road.

Named after the beloved Towne Twin Drive-In theater that once occupied the site, Towne Twin Village is designed to house 200+ seniors vulnerable due to homelessness, disability, and no or very low income. Patterned after Austin’s successful “tiny house” Community First! Village, Towne Twin Village is San Antonio’s first Single-Site Housing First-Permanent Supportive Housing Property. It will feature 100 tiny houses (~450 sq. ft. and each with ADA bathrooms and kitchenettes), 80 apartments, 25 RV trailers, a clinic with physical, mental, and dental health professional services, a new Catholic Worker House of Hospitality (for healthy meals, barber, nail hygiene, and laundry services), an interfaith chapel, hospice and respite units, hospitality and food truck pavilion, a community garden, gazebo-style grill and picnic areas, art studio, pet park, and an outdoor amphitheater for community-wide movies and musical, theatrical, and educational events.

Mark Wittig, HFCC Board President, stated, “For forty years this land has been waiting to find its purpose. The wait is over. With the help of a coalition of caring, it is being transformed into an oasis of goodness for all to experience.”

HFCC’s partners include Catholic Worker House (CWH), Traveling Loaves and Fishes (TLF) of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Center for Health Care Services (CHCS), SAMMinistries, Street Medicine San Antonio, WestCare Foundation, South Alamo Regional Alliance for Homeless (SARAH), city-wide SARAH member organizations and others.

Towne Twin Village is not a shelter. Residents will abide by lease policies typical of any apartment community. They will be supported by on-site community partners providing case management, professional counseling, health care, training, and social supports to help residents pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.

Upon completion, Towne Twine will include 205 units, some of which are set aside for Peer volunteers (residents with former lived experience of homelessness who already transitioned successfully to housing) who want to move into the Village an serve as mentors to help new residents settle-in and navigate services, and PAL volunteers (Please Alleviate Loneliness….be a PAL), residents without lived history of homelessness but who wish to live on-site in solidarity to be a friend and help whenever needed.

A low-barrier Housing First model will be used in selecting housing applicants and supporting residents. Applicants will be prioritized according to their vulnerability index (age, duration of homelessness, additional risk factors, disabilities, and high utilization of city services)

For more information about the Towne Twin Village or Housing First Community Coalition, visit

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Fight Voting Barriers in Texas



A group of organizations of color recently came together on Sept. 11 in San Antonio to represent a lawsuit they filed arguing Senate Bill 1 violates the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by intentionally targeting and burdening methods and means of voting used by voters of color.

Representatives gathered at the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (in San Antonio) to represent their case. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Reed Smith LLP, and The Arc filed the lawsuit for the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Justice, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Arc of Texas.

The defendants in the case are Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Deputy Secretary of State of Texas Jose Esparza, Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, Elections Administrator of Bexar County Jacque Callanen, and Elections Administrator of Harris County Isabel Longoria. 

S.B. 1 includes a series of suppressive voting-related provisions that will make it much harder for Texas residents to vote and disenfranchise some altogether, particularly Black and Latino voters and voters with disabilities. 

The plaintiffs claim the law violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act by imposing barriers against voters with disabilities and denying people with disabilities equal opportunities to participate in the state’s voting programs.

The lawsuit challenges multiple provisions in SB 1, including:

  • Limitations on early voting hours and constraints on the distribution of mail-in ballot applications.
  • The elimination of drive-thru voting centers and the prohibition of mail-in ballot drop-boxes.

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been fighting for the rights of all U.S. citizens to vote for 108 years,” said Delta Sigma Theta President and CEO Beverly E. Smith. “S.B. 1 directly threatens the right to vote of over 20,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and their family and friends in Texas, and we are committed to fight against S.B. 1 on their behalf.”

Texas is among more than 40 other states that have enacted legislative efforts to substantially restrict voting access. LDF and The Arc are also involved in litigation challenging Georgia’s restrictive voting laws.

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Travel, Sports, and Growth with Council Person Jalen Mckee



As the Spurs secure their #1 pick and the IPW Travel Conference puts a spotlight on our city, District 2 stands at the precipice of a booming billion-dollar tourism industry. This convergence of sports and tourism forms the backdrop of our exclusive live podcast event brought to you by East-Side-based Culture Travels magazine.

Join us as we delve into the intertwined worlds of travel and sports tourism with our distinguished guests: Jalen Mckee Rodriguez, Council Person of District 2, Deborah Omowale Jarmon, CEO/Director of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Dr. Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer for the San Antonio Spurs, and Jenny Carnes, CEO of San Antonio Sports.

This event will take place on August 18 at 6 P.M. at District 2 favorite – Tank’s Pizza.

Jalen, known for his engaging persona and passion for community growth, will take us on a journey through his personal travels, providing insight on how exploring new places, cultures, and experiences has fueled their tireless advocacy for the development of District 2.

Additionally, In the wake of the Spurs’ key draft pick and the potential surge of tourism following the IPW conference, Jalen offers his perspective on how these two factors intertwine with the economic prosperity of District 2. In an era where sports, culture, and economics are more interlinked than ever, understanding the potential impact on District 2’s economy becomes both enlightening and imperative.

We also welcome three extraordinary special guests: Deborah Omowale Jarmon, CEO/Director of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, Jenny Carnes, CEO of San Antonio Sports, and Dr. Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer for the San Antonio Spurs. Their expertise and insights will further illuminate the intersection of sports, tourism, and economic growth in our city.

This live podcast event is perfect for those passionate about travel and tourism, who want to understand the economic relationship between the San Antonio Spurs and District 2’s economy or are eager to gain insights into the potential of district-focused development. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion, diverse perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the dynamics of travel and sports tourism.

Limited seats! Register today! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Places to Stay Cool



When temperatures rise to potentially dangerous levels, it is important to stay inside an air-conditioned space whenever possible. There are currently over 30 San Antonio locations for the public to use to stay cool. These include:

  • City Libraries
  • Senior Centers
  • Community Centers

NOTE: Via’s Personal Trip Planner can help you find a bus route to a location near you.


Additional opportunities to stay cool include the City’s following free facilities:

  • Splash Pads
  • Swimming Pools

For locations, visitor information, and hours of operation, please visit the Parks & Recreation Department.


Adults over 65, children under 4, and people with existing medical conditions such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk on days with high temperatures.

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration. 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.

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