$4.1M coming for this development at site of Stop Six public housing complex

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, a Democrat from Fort Worth, announced Thursday that he secured $4.1 million in federal funding for the Hughes House project in honor of National Homeownership Month.

The project is the latest phase in the Stop Six Neighborhood Choice Initiative, which will replace the Cavile Place public housing project with roughly 1,000 mixed income units in the east Fort Worth neighborhood.

The funding announced Thursday will support the construction of Hughes House II, a 237-unit apartment at 4908 E. Rosedale St., and upgrades to the water, sewer and stormwater management systems in Stop Six.

Veasey has a larger fund of $15 million, secured through recently passed government funding packages, for community projects.

“We get 15 projects that we can fund in each appropriations package, and to me, this was the easiest choice out of the 15,” he said.

Veasey grew up in Stop Six, as did city council member Gyna Bivens and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks, who joined Veasey for Thursday’s announcement.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions initiated the idea of Hughes House in 2021 to provide a vibrant, safe, and sustainable community with access to quality education, healthcare, services, and amenities.

It is named after Robert Hughes, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach, died June 11 at 96.

Veasey frequently mentioned Hughes, saying he was an incredible role model, human being, and an amazing coach.

Congressmen Marc Veasey giving a speech to council members and developers of Hughes House II project.
Congressmen Marc Veasey giving a speech to council members and developers of Hughes House II project.

Hughes was one of only four high school basketball coaches in the country with over 1,000 wins and was the nation’s winningest boys coach. His teams won five state titles at I.M. Terrell and Dunbar.

“He was someone that did so much for the city,” Veasey said. “Not only was he a role model for those boys and someone that people in Stop Six looked up to, but he was also the economic driver for this community.”

Brooks said, “His legacy will continue through not only Hughes House but through every child that he coached.”