November 2015 - In This Issue:
Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow

If you are looking for a way to make a meaningful gift this holiday season, we hope you will consider supporting TSAHC tomorrow during #GivingTuesday. 
All donations made to TSAHC during #GivingTuesday will directly support our Texas Foundations Fund program, which funds home repairs and accessibility modifications, job training and other services that help very low-income Texans maintain stable housing.  

See below for examples of how your donation of any size will directly help Texas families and individuals improve their lives and living conditions.  TSAHC covers all administrative costs for the Texas Foundations Fund, which means 100% of your donation will support services like those listed below.

$25 - Buys an adjustable shower seat for an elderly or disabled person 

$50 - Buys a bathroom grab bar for an elderly or disabled person 

$100 - Pays for an hour of mental health counseling for a family/individual 

$200 - Pays to replace a door to secure a family's home 

$500 - Pays for a year of case management to help someone avoid homelessness 

$1,000 - Pays for a year of job training to help someone become financially stable 

$2,000 - Pays for a wheelchair ramp for a disabled homeowner  
We hope you consider supporting our Texas Foundations Fund tomorrow and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to spread the word about your donation on social media. Make sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the day tomorrow, as we share success stories of families and individuals we have helped.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program Courses

Housing and financial counselors, mark your calenders! The dates for the 2016 Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP) schedule have been announced!

April 18-22, 2016 in San Antonio (5 Days)  
August 22-26, 2016 in Houston (5 Days)
HO250: Homeownership Counseling Certification - Principles, Practices & Techniques ($100)

August 22-24, 2016 in Houston (3 Days)
HO211: Credit Counseling for Maximum Results ($75)

TSAHC has partnered with NeighborWorks America to provide these courses. For more information about the courses offered and the different certifications provided by NeighborWorks, including requirements to obtain or maintain a certification and the application form for each, click here

Thank you to the following sponsors and partners for making these trainings possible.    



Questions? Feel free to email Paige Omohundro, or call at (512) 477-3561. 
ACT-Veteran Properties Available
TSAHC has a limited number of ACT-Veteran properties that are available at a discounted rate of 25% off the listing price to veterans who are disabled and/or low-to-moderate income. TSAHC encourages local veterans services providers, REALTORS®, and housing partners to share the properties listed below with veterans who may qualify.    

4609 Dudmar Drive
Austin, Texas

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109 Seaman Drive
Silsbee, Texas

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Developers and Property Managers:
We Want Your Feedback

TSAHC is seeking feedback from those in the multifamily affordable housing industry on the need for and benefits of program compliance services and training.

The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete, and your answers are anonymous. We know your time is limited so we thank you for providing us with your feedback. This information will help us develop programs that meet the needs of affordable housing providers and managers in Texas.  
Please complete the survey by Friday, December 4th. Thank you for your feedback! 


Feel free to email Celina Mizcles, or call at (512) 334-2154. 
TSAHC Partners with AmazonSmile and Goodshop


is excited to announce that we are partnering with AmazonSmile and Goodshop
to provide you the best deals and support our mission at the same time.

Whenever you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to TSAHC. 
has partnered with thousands of stores like Target, Shutterfly and Orbitz to get you the best coupon codes and deals and donate a percentage of what you spend back to TSAHC.

We encourage you to consider these shopping options to support TSAHC.

TSAHC is Hiring

TSAHC is hiring a Homeownership Programs Manager to develop, market and manage TSAHC's homebuyer programs. The Homeownership Programs Manager will work in our Austin office and will be under the supervision of the Executive Vice President. Click here for a complete job description and information on how to apply.

Below are November 2015 excerpts from On The House, a weekly blog TSAHC launched in 2014 on affordable housing topics. We invite you to drop by On The House each week as we share information on important housing issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources. Click here to sign up to receive the blog each week.  

Texas' Most Popular Home Types
In September 2015 the Washington Post published an article analyzing the mostbrownstone-apt-garden.jpg popular home  types in the top 40 American cities.  The study included six Texas cities- Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and Fort Worth.

Citing data from the 2014 American Community Survey, the article indicates that detached, single family homes are currently the most popular home types in all six Texas cities, making up more than 40% of total housing units in Dallas, Houston and Austin, and more than 60% of total housing units in San Antonio, El Paso and Fort Worth. 


Low-Cost Tips to Help Seniors Age in Place   
According to a survey conducted by the AARP, nearly 90% of seniors want to remain in their homes as long as possible (otherwise referred to as "aging in place"). 

Jeffrey Lubell, the former Executive Director at the Center for Housing Policy, explains why staying at home is important for so many seniors. "For some, friends and a familiar setting are the main draw, and for others, it's an emotional attachment to the house. This is their home, and you're going to have to pry them out of it with a can opener."  

The Basics of Inclusionary Zoning
As cities across Texas struggle with how to increase the availability of affordable housing,  incorporating affordable housing into market rate developments, known as "inclusionary zoning," often comes up as a possible tool to accomplish that goal. "Inclusionary zoning" or "inclusionary housing" refers to any policy requiring a certain portion or percentage of housing built or preserved to be affordable to low or moderate income households.