Although the Supreme Court ruled in 1949 that race-based covenants in neighborhood deed restrictions are unenforceable, the Old Braeswood deed restrictions for all three sections contain antiquated and offensive racial prohibitions. Many neighbors have expressed a strong desire to remove this language from our active deed restrictions and we can accomplish this with your vote!
Ballots to delete racial prohibitions were mailed to property owners in February. We need approval from 75% of you to pass this amendment. If you haven’t done so already, please sign and return your ballot any one of three ways:
1) mail it in the envelope included in your mailing
2) fax to 713-807-1790, or
3) Send by email to info@OldBraeswood.com
Printable copies of the Ballot and the Petition can be downloaded and printed. Throughout March and early April, Block Captains will be contacting neighbors who haven’t yet returned a signed ballot. Throughout March and early April, Block Captains will be contacting neighbors who haven’t yet returned a signed ballot.
Members of both the Ad Hoc Deed Restriction Committee and the Executive Committee hope that each of you will decide to support this effort with your vote, and if you desire, with financial support. Voluntary contributions to the special deed restriction amendment fund are welcome. (Please note that these will not be tax deductible). You may contribute online via PayPal, or send a check payable to “OBPOA with “DR fund” in the memo line, to OBPOA, PO Box 541346, Houston TX 77254.
It is our goal that the future of Old Braeswood includes no race-based covenants in the governing documents. Our flawed history will be preserved in the county records, but with the passage of the proposed amendment, it will be clear that our contemporary neighborhood has and continues to welcome diverse homeowners and residents, and the offensive language can be removed from documents posted on our website. As always, questions and comments are welcome and may be addressed to info@OldBraeswood.com.