Staff Spotlight: Diane Jasso

What do you like most about Avenue? I like the diversity of our team and that we are all working toward a common vision. What do you find the most challenging at Avenue? The larger we grow the less personal interactions we will have with other departments. It will be...

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What the heck is a NOAH?

Avenue has embarked on an initiative to save NOAH in Houston. So what exactly is a NOAH? Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) comes in the form of unregulated, privately-owned apartments that are at risk of rapidly escalating rent or redevelopment. These properties are often home to people with disabilities, seniors,...

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Building Language Justice

In March, Avenue and Tecolotl Collective hosted a Building Language Justice workshop with 17 community members in attendance. The workshop gained consensus around the importance and necessity of having multilingual community spaces and how to create them. During the workshop, we launched the Interpreting for Justice Training Fellowship which is...

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COVID Vaccination Efforts Wind Down

As we move into spring, our COVID vaccine work in partnership with Houston in Action is winding down. Avenue coordinated vaccines for more than 1,100 residents at 17 partner sites since August 2021. Vaccine events were strategically organized with local schools and churches to provide equitable access to residents and the...

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The Greatest Hurdle to Dreams of Home Ownership

Avenue’s lending arm, Avenue Community Capital, is helping low- to moderate-income homebuyers overcome the greatest obstacle to home ownership—down payment assistance. Currently, we are connecting clients who have completed the first-time homebuyer education class with Neighborhood LIFT down payment assistance, which provides a $15,000 forgivable loan for qualified homebuyers. https://youtu.be/fSIX5xqDSCQ...

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Avenue Partners with Burbank Middle School for COVID Vaccine Events

Avenue’s Community Initiatives Team has been partnering with schools to deliver COVID vaccines to our residents. Burbank Middle School’s wrap around specialist, Xiomara Ardon, and her colleagues in partnership with the Houston Health Department were able to host several successful events. “We are ecstatic about the impact we are making...

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Celebrating Mary Lawler and 25 Years of Leadership

Mary Lawyer joined Avenue in 1996 to serve as executive director and lead the organization to become the powerhouse non-profit organization that today contributes greatly to Houston’s urban core. We were proud to honor Mary’s 25 years of leadership in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in Houston with a matching...

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Avenue Recognizes Northline Youth Leaders

Written by guest writer Shaili Shouche, Avenue Intern and incoming senior at Glenda Dawson High School. The Northline Leadership Team is made up of Northline area residents and youth who are passionate about helping their community thrive. Recently, Avenue had the honor to recognize four incredible youth leaders for their...

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