On the House Blog

Welcome to On the House, a weekly blog for affordable housing professionals.

Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Melinda Smith

January 20, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
This week, we are spotlighting Melinda Smith, TSAHC's Chief Financial Officer. Melinda oversees our accounting team and ensures TSAHC complies with required financial reporting and auditing. Melinda joined TSAHC as our CFO in 2001. She earned her CPA certification in 1982 and boasts more than three decades of accounting, auditing and executive level experience in private and public practice. Below is our interview with Melinda to help you get to know her a little better.

Who Really Pays for Affordable Housing?

January 13, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
A frequent question about affordable housing is who pays for it and how. A common assumption is that taxpayers foot the bill for the construction of affordable rental housing or rents for residents that live there. In reality, that's not always true. In this entry, we will look at some of the common ways affordable housing is paid for and specifically the role subsidies play to help provide clarity.

Five Tough Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a Home

January 6, 2017 | by Guest Posts
Purchasing a home is undoubtedly one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make. You can pave the road ahead by making sure to honestly evaluate all of the costs and responsibilities of homeownership before you buy.

Debunking the Myth that Affordable Housing Hurts Nearby Home Values

December 16, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
One of the most common reasons neighborhood associations oppose affordable rental housing developments near them is the worry that affordable rental communities will drag down surrounding home values. But a Trulia study released November 16th found that those fears are largely not supported by evidence.

What Craigslist Can Tell Us About Rental Markets

December 9, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Craigslist is where many Americans flock to for deals on used items, tickets to events, and maybe even to find a job. It's also where many people turn to when looking for a place to rent, searching countless listings in hopes of finding the perfect apartment or home. These listings served another purpose altogether for a pair of University of California, Berkeley researchers who mined through 11 million Craigslist rental listings and unearthed some key findings about rental markets across the country.

Teacher Housing Crisis Takes Center Stage in New Report

December 2, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
Every year the National Housing Conference releases its Paycheck to Paycheck report, which analyzes housing affordability challenges of workers in several occupations across 210 metropolitan areas.

Hear from Two Families that Are Grateful for Your Support

November 18, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
For this week's blog post, we would like to share the stories of San Juanita and Pete Ortiz, and Charlee Ross and her son Jonathan, two families who were able to access critical, live changing services thanks to TSAHC's Texas Foundations Fund program.

Ending Veteran Homelessness:  Where We Are and Where We’re Going

November 10, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
In honor of Veterans Day, TSAHC would like to bring attention to the serious issue of homelessness that plagues too many men and women who have served and defended this country.

Years Later Specter of Housing Crisis Remains

November 4, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
The "Understanding the Subprime Mortgage Crisis" paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis described the housing crisis of the mid-2000s as a "rise and fall of the subprime mortgage market [that] follows a classic lending boom-bust scenario, in which unsustainable growth leads to the collapse of the market."

TSAHC Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Kathy Tyler

October 21, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
This week we are featuring Kathy Tyler, Housing Services Director of Motivation, Education and Training, Inc. (MET). Kathy has spent 17 years with MET and has played a critical role in helping the organization grow its housing services for farm worker families.