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Archived posts from 2016

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.

Meet the Millennial Renters

October 14, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
It's official - Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation according to the Pew Research Center. Born between 1981 and 1997, this generation is now entirely in the age group when traditionally you stop living with parents and even consider purchasing your first home.

5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

October 7, 2016 | by Guest Posts
Here are five essential questions you should ask when you interview prospective mortgage lenders—way before touring your dream home. By asking these important questions, you’ll find that you can zero-in on the one that’s right for you.

Preservation Versus New Construction - Why Not Both?

September 23, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Recent data leaves little doubt that Texas faces a shortage of affordable housing. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates the state needs 595,231 more affordable units to address the needs of renters earning up to 30% of the area median income.