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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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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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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Tomika Artis: From Harvey to Homeownership

When Hurricane Harvey destroyed the home of Tomika Artis, she and her two daughters were no strangers to starting over. In the past decade, the girls lost their big sister and their father, as well as their great grandmother who also lived with them. In Tomika’s words, she credits her...

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Ms Betty Whitaker

Home for the Holidays: Betty Whitaker

Betty Whitaker has lived in her Kashmere Gardens home for 43 years. When Hurricane Harvey dropped heavy winds and rains over Houston, many low-income families and seniors like Ms. Whitaker were at risk of losing their homes because of late mortgage payments and costly repairs.   Avenue helped Ms. Whitaker...

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Christine’s Story

  Christine Gibson is one of thousands of Houstonians that were impacted and displaced by Hurricane Harvey. This is her remarkable story of resilience and recovery with the help of Avenue's home repair program.  

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Hurricane Harvey: One Year Later

In the twelve months since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, Avenue has evolved and grown to meet the need for disaster recovery assistance in underserved communities. With the addition of the Avenue Housing Recovery Center and an expanded home repair program, we geared up to take on the task...

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Home after Harvey: Joseph and Theresa

Joseph and Theresa live in a cute little blue house in the Eastex/Jensen area of Houston. Joseph, a forklift driver, grew up in this house as a kid where he lived with his parents, one sister and three brothers. It’s been in his family since the 1960’s. When Hurricane Harvey...

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