Avenue receives a $20,000 grant to repair homes

Avenue Community Development Corporation (Avenue CDC) received a $20,000 grant from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) to provide home repairs for very low-income families in Houston. The grant was presented by State Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Jessica Farrar, and David Long, President of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation.

"We are honored to be a part of the great work Avenue CDC is doing to keep families in their homes and communities,” said David Long, President of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. “They provide critical home repairs for those who need it the most. The work Avenue CDC is doing is important to the Houston community, and we are excited to be a partner with them through this grant."

The grant will be used to assist very low-income homeowners in Houston as part of Avenue CDC’s Rebuilding Northside Together program. Repairs will include critical system repairs (e.g., plumbing, electrical, roofing, structural), the addition or improvement of accessibility features (e.g., ramps, handrails), and/or exterior repairs (e.g., windows, doors, caulking, weatherization).

“Our program assists people who are very low income and frankly can’t afford to make desperately needed improvements to their homes. Their choice is often to live in substandard and dangerous conditions,” said Mary Lawler, Executive Director of Avenue CDC. “We want to change that. We want to give people the opportunity to continue living in a home by making it safe and decent.”

Avenue CDC received one of 16 grants awarded this year across the state by TSAHC as part of the Texas Foundations Fund Program. Eligible grant applicants were nonprofit organizations and rural government entities. Specifically, grants were awarded for the construction, rehabilitation and/or
critical repair of owner-occupied single family homes and for the provision of supportive services in multifamily housing. Altogether, the grants awarded in this round of the Texas Foundations Fund Program will help nearly 1,500 very low income families and individuals throughout Texas access and preserve affordable homeownership opportunities or supportive housing services.

About Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) is a non-profit organization created at the direction of the Texas Legislature in 1994 for the promotion of public health, safety and welfare through the provision of safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income Texans and other underserved populations. Through the development and administration of innovative and unique housing programs, TSAHC facilitates affordable housing primarily for Texans who do not have comparable options through conventional financial channels.

About Avenue CDC

Avenue CDC’s mission is to build affordable homes and strengthen communities. Avenue CDC improves communities to enhance the quality of life of working families, and to promote Houston’s future as a world-class city of healthy, vibrant, and economically diverse neighborhoods. To meet the tremendous need for quality affordable housing, Avenue CDC develops homes for purchase and rental. They provide homebuyer education and counseling to help working families buy and maintain their own homes. They promote economic development and offer supportive services such as computer labs and after-school programs that enrich the lives of individuals and families they serve.

HOUSTON, January, 29, 2016
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