Janowski Elementary Earth Day Clean Up Event

Written by guest writer Shaili Shouche, Avenue Intern and incoming senior at Glenda Dawson High School.   Nature plays a crucial, yet often underestimated, role in improving children’s psychological and physical well-being. On a broader spectrum, nature can impact student learning in numerous diverse ways, as it holds significance in...

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Hope After the Storm

Janet Griggs is a longtime resident of Houston’s Northside and a retired postal service worker. Mrs. Griggs is mobility impaired, uses a walker and a wheelchair while her husband relies on oxygen. Their home has been impacted by all of the recent storms in Houston, and when the Winter Storm...

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Responding to Winter Storm Uri

When Winter Storm Uri knocked out the water and power for households across the state of Texas, the community around Northline Elementary School was especially affected. The COVID-19 pandemic had already put a strain on resources for families struggling financially, and the effects of the storm only made it worse....

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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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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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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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