Supporting Homeowners with LIFT Downpayment Assistance

Avenue has completed the Neighborhood LIFT program, which began in March, 2019. LIFT is a unique down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered nationally by NeighborWorks America.  The program selects different markets around the country for a one-time pot of funds to...

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Celebrating Black Leaders in Community Development

In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight two influential Black leaders who have played an important role in Avenue’s history and inspire the work we continue to do in the housing and community development space. Dorothy Richardson is a name that is familiar to a lot of...

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Safeguarding against Home Scams

A growing wave of scam activity is targeting homeowners and renters alike. Facing the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners and renters are navigating financial and legal stressors regarding their housing. Many do not realize they’re also at risk of misinformation and housing scams until it’s too late. The...

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Finding Community at Avenue Station

Before finding Avenue Station, an affordable apartment community in Houston's Near Northside, Paola Martinez and her three children lived in cramped, substandard housing where they shared a single bedroom for more than a year. She did not feel safe in that area of town and worried about how their living...

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Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Forbearance during COVID-19

Avenue is a HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Agency. We provide education and counseling for homebuyers looking to purchase their first home, homeowners seeking to maintain sustainable homeownership and for homeowners that are in default on their mortgage and want to prevent foreclosure of their property. We created the video linked HERE...

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How to Talk to Your Landlord

Many people are struggling to pay their full rent on time right now. If you are unsure how you will make rent for the next month, talk to your landlord! Across the City, many landlords are making agreements with their tenants to reduce or waive costs. Often, they want to...

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Avenue Food Deliveries Help Most Vulnerable

To make the greatest impact with our limited resources, we have focused our efforts on reaching the most vulnerable residents in the communities we serve: very low-income seniors and families with special needs, many who are not able to safely leave home to pick-up food or receive resources. To date,...

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