The SouthFair Times
SouthFair Community Development Corporation
September 2014 | Issue 7

Annie Jones Evans
Executive Director

Ester Perry
Executive Asst./Office Mgr.

Andrea T. Fowler
Housing Counselor

Lois Lilly
Alfred Glaspie
Maintenance Technician

SouthFair was incorporated in October 1991. SouthFair is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation and a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) under the City of Dallas HOME Program.

North Texas Giving Day! - DONATE To SouthFair


SouthFair is once again participating in the North Texas Giving Day scheduled for this Thursday, September 18, 2014 between 6a to midnight.


Help us continue to do what we do best...Donate to SouthFair! Click here to donate on Thursday.

Did you know . . .

* African American and Dallas native, Otis Boykin invented the control unit for the artificial pacemaker


 *Dallas was founded in 1841 and formally incorporated as a city in February 1856


South Dallas Cultural Center is a multipurpose arts facility located in South Dallas near the Fair Park


Well now you do! 

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Board Members:
Theodore M. Lawe
Harry Robinson, Jr.

First Vice Chairman

Marian Williams

Second Vice Chairwoman

Marilynn Mayse


Zaincorie Taylor-Smith Treasurer

Roy Andy



Tara Good

Johnnie Griggs

Michael Krywucki

Eric Stark

LaKisha Stark


** Roughly half of SouthFair's Board Members have served over seven years.

SouthFair's mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of South Dallas through the promotion of neighborhood revitalization, primarily through the development of affordable housing, economic activity and the provision of needed support services. Further, to promote housing choice for low and moderate income households, SouthFair will consider the development of affordable housing as needed within the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
If you desire to financially support SouthFair you can send donations to the address below. All donors will receive a receipt and a letter of acknowledgment.

here to print a copy of our pledge form or donate online.

SouthFair CDC

PO Box 150353

Dallas, TX 75315


Thank you for taking the time to read SouthFair's September 2014 newsletter. We are very happy to share some of our successes and also provide useful information about community revitalization in South Dallas. As always we appreciate your support!  -Annie

Fair Park Estates: A Summer Full of New Homeowners

SouthFair is elated to share that we closed on five houses between June and September! We work hard for and with our residents. It is very gratifying for staff to see the resident's hard work result in homeownership.


Harold Steward kicked off the summer with a June 2014 closing. Mr. Steward is the Performing Arts Coordinator at the South Dallas Cultural Center and was over joyed to have purchased his home. He put in a lot of work and was very diligent throughout the purchasing process. Congrats to Mr. Steward!

Steward on the Steps of His New Home

Thanks Wells Fargo & BCL of Texas

A direct purchase was finalized in July 2014, with Brenda Garcia. We are very happy to have her as a homeowner in the neighborhood.
Ms. Garcia's new home

In August two residents in our rent to own program "graduated". These families worked extra hard at becoming mortgage ready. Ms. Sharon Horton has become an excellent saver and also set a great example for her children on how to set a goal and accomplish it. Congrats Ms. Horton!!

Ms. Horton With One of Her Children

Thanks to Inwood Bank

Ms. Linda Stevenson and Mr. David Kinney sealed the deal in August as well. There were a few occasions where doubt surfaced, but they stayed the course and succeeded!! They are from South Dallas and are happy to be back in the area where they were raised.

Ms. Stevenson & Mr. Kinney

Thanks Inwood Bank

SouthFair is happy to have the owner of Pan African Connection as a resident in our Fair Park Estates development. Michelle Hogue better known to the community as Akwete Tyehimba, closed out a successful summer for SouthFair during the first week of September. A few bumps here and there but Akwete stayed calm and positive throughout the whole process. Congrats to Akwete and her family!

Akwete Proudly Posing in Front of "Her" Home

Thanks Gold Financial

"All great achievements require time."
-Maya Angelou

Fair Park Estates 

More Homes Available!
When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 11am to 1pm 
Where: 2830 & 2832 Thomas Tolbert, 75215
(One street over from South Blvd. Nearest main intersection - Malcolm X & South Blvd)



Community Member Spotlight: Norma Baker

Norma Baker is a resident of Fair Park Estates and the new President of the Fair Park Estates Neighborhood Association. In addition to her day job she is also a seamstress. She has shared her talents with local high school students by making prom dresses in the recent past.


Getting to know Norma:
Where born: City, State- Chicago, IL
Favorite restaurant, dish, or pig-out food - Favorite restaurants in Texas: Waffle House and Pappadeaux
Family ?- I have a large family. I am one of six children. I have eleven nieces and nephews and I have over sixty first cousins!
Famous person you would most like to meet- Jesus in past times and Oprah for today's times.
Words that describe you best - Funny, energetic, organized and bossy
In your spare time you . . . -Design clothes and watch television
If you've learned one thing in life, it is . . . - Believe people when they tell you who they are and in life, do what makes you happen because we are not going to get out alive anyway
What are your hopes/desires for SouthFair and the South Dallas community?- My hopes for the community is to circulate our money amongst ourselves and watch our finances grow along with the look of the community.
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