Lower Your Property Taxes with a Homestead Exemption

A homestead exemption is one of the easiest ways for homeowners to lower their property tax bill, and the deadline to submit exemption applications is APRIL 30. What is a homestead exemption and why should I apply? Homestead exemptions are a form of tax relief. They remove/reduce part of the...

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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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Census is here!

Hello There! This is your Census Organizer Daniel O Candelaria Olvera, here with latest update about the 2020 Census. So March is finally here and you know what that means: CENSUS TIME! March 12, 2020 (Mark it in your calendars folks) is the official kickoff of the Census season and...

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Minimum Lot Sizes and your Neighborhood

HAVE YOU HEARD?! Avenue is collaborating with civic clubs and other community members to protect out Northline and Near Northside neighborhoods through the City of Houston’s Minimum Lot Size Protection Program. WHAT IS MINIMUM LOT SIZE (MLS)? A special minimum lot size is the minimum lot size standard currently met...

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Resource Fair at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

On Saturday, February 8th, Avenue hosted a Resource Fair at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, to provide health services and free resources for families. We provided a special donation for 35 families with specials needs, senior citizens and babies. This event was a great way to share information with families and the community about healthy...

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Census Update!

Hello there! This is Daniel Candelaria, your Census Organizer here at Avenue. Just wanted to write an update on the 2020 Census Initiative that Avenue, alongside dozens of organizations throughout Houston, are undertaking this year. The Census is rapidly approaching – March 12th is the official start of Census season....

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2020 Census is Almost Here!

2020 has officially started! We need to start thinking about what comes ahead, because it will be a busy civic year for our community. Something that makes 2020 special is the fact that the decennial Census takes place this year. The Census is the count of every person living in...

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Meet Avenue’s New Near Northside Specialist!

Avenue is excited to have a new Near Northside Specialist on the Community Initiatives team, Carlos G. Espinoza y Sánchez. Carlos will be handling all coordination between civic clubs, schools, and agencies within the Near Northside Community. Bringing 7 years of urban planning & community development experience to Avenue, Carlos...

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