NOW is the time for rosewood courts

Rosewood Courts, the first public housing project for African Americans in the country, has been home to residents with low-income in East Austin since 1939. Rosewood was built with non-insulated cinder block walls, narrow doors too small for wheelchairs, and no central air conditioning or heating. The eighty-year-old buildings have outlived their usefulness as repairs and maintenance have become difficult and costly. The residents of Rosewood have waited long enough for a better quality of life. That’s why NOW is the time for Rosewood Courts.

On this webpage, you’ll find the latest plans for the future of Rosewood, how you can submit a letter of support, and the latest information for residents and community neighbors. For more information or questions, email

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Rosewood Courts was established in 1939 as part of the New Deal, which was lobbied for by then-Congressman Lyndon Baines Johnson. Built during an era of segregation, Rosewood Courts is the first African American public housing in the United States and sits on the original Emancipation Park site.

The barrack-style complex was built with cinderblock walls, no central air conditioning, and constructed during a time when accommodations were not made for wheelchair accessibility. Despite the best efforts of maintenance staff, the buildings at Rosewood are now well beyond their useful life cycle. The residents living at Rosewood Courts deserve the common decency to feel pride in where they live.

Since 2012, HACA has worked closely with our residents, our Rosewood neighbors, and our community partners to create this new vision for affordable housing in Austin. 

A Preview of the NEW ROSEWOOD

The newly imagined Pathways at Rosewood Courts will provide more deeply affordable housing for residents with essential modern amenities. At the same time, we will also take care to honor the past and history of this property by preserving and restoring eight original buildings. New Rosewood will feel open, safe and beautiful with a new community greenspace, expanded parking, and an exciting opportunity of affordable homeownership for first-time homebuyers.


A successful new Rosewood is one built on community support. As you can see in this video, Rosewood residents have waited for too long for a better quality of life. To make this happen, we need your letter of support to present to City and State leaders. Help us show them that Rosewood needs a better way of life, and they need it NOW!

You can submit your letter of support HERE, or you can write your own and send it via email to

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