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

Archived posts from 2015

A Holiday Message from David Long

December 18, 2015 | by David Long
As 2015 comes to a close, I'd like to thank you for your partnership and support of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) this year. With your support, TSAHC has grown our programs and services to help even more Texans this year, and I want to share our successes with you, the ones who made it all possible.

The Benefits of Preventing Eviction

December 11, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
Dealing with eviction or the threat of eviction can be a harrowing experience. But more communities are helping individuals and families avoid this nightmare by turning to eviction prevention measures as they recognize the benefits of keeping tenants in stable housing.

Want to Keep Your Savings Plan on Track this Holiday Season?  Technology Can Help

December 4, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
The holidays can be an expensive time of year. According to a survey conducted by the American Research Group, the average American plans to spend $882 in gifts alone this holiday season. If you are trying to buy a home, the additional expenses can derail your plans to save for the down payment. Fortunately, there are smartphone applications (apps) for almost everything these days, including managing your money.

Texas’ Most Popular Home Types

November 20, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
In September 2015 the Washington Post published an article analyzing the most 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.

The Basics of Inclusionary Zoning

November 13, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
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.

Low-Cost Tips to Help Seniors Age in Place

November 6, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
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").

Progress Continues in Efforts to End Homelessness Across Texas

October 30, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
Attendees at the 2015 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness in Corpus Christi earlier this month were greeted with encouraging news from Eric Samuels, Texas Homeless Network President and CEO, who opened the conference stating, "we've nearly cut homelessness to one half of what it was 10 years ago in Texas, and almost 70% of that progress has been made over the past five years." TSAHC staff attended the conference. Below are key takeaways from the three-day summit.

Introducing: Texas Housing Impact Fund

October 23, 2015 | by Michael Wilt
TSAHC recently rebranded our direct lending program as the Texas Housing Impact Fund to better communicate the purpose and goals of our loan products to both developers and potential investors. The Texas Housing Impact Fund offers financing for the development, acquisition, or rehabilitation of affordable rental or homeownership projects across Texas, and it supports projects that create a higher quality of life for low and moderate income families.

New Video: Our Programs, Our Partners and Those We Serve

October 16, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
TSAHC has created a short video to provide the housing community, our funders and other stakeholders with a glimpse of our programs through the stories of our partners and those we serve.

Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Paige Omohundro

October 9, 2015 | by Katie Claflin
For this week's blog post, we interviewed Paige Omohundro, TSAHC's Homeownership Finance Manager. Paige oversees our down payment assistance and other home buyer programs, helping thousands of Texas families become homeowners each year. Under her tenure, TSAHC has expanded the options we provide to help meet the varying needs of Texas home buyers.