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TSAHC Spotlight Series: Vista Rita Blanca Apartments - Dalhart, Texas

November 17, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
This is the latest entry in our On the House spotlight series. Our past spotlights featured TSAHC staff members and partners to help readers get to know our organization and industry a little better. But this week, we are turning our focus to a development financed in part by TSAHC’s Texas Housing Impact Fund. We think spotlighting affordable housing developments across the state will help readers understand what they look like, how they are financed and who lives there.

Why Workforce Housing Is so Hard to Find

October 13, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
As cities grow and attract new jobs, city leaders and employers are struggling with how to ensure there is housing that is affordable to workers at low- and moderate-income levels. This type of housing, referred to as "workforce housing," is becoming harder to find.

Why the Demand for Accessible Housing is About to Skyrocket

September 22, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
By 2035, the number of households that include someone with a disability will increase by 76% according to a report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Subsequently, the demand for affordable, accessible housing will be far beyond what current supply can meet.

The State of Housing in Texas

June 23, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
The national housing market is finally returning to normal nearly a decade after the foreclosure crisis, but affordability problems persist at near record levels. That's the main takeaway from "The State of the Nation's Housing 2017" report released last Friday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Housing For When Disaster Strikes

March 24, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
Texas is prone to some of Mother Nature’s fiercest elements from tornadoes and wildfires to hurricanes and flooding. When these disasters strike and people lose their homes they need safe shelter immediately. What communities provide as temporary housing often depends on resources available from the government.

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.

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.

Home Builders May Hold the Key to Addressing Texas’ Housing Shortage

July 15, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
Nationwide, the lack of down payment has long been the primary obstacle keeping families and individuals from becoming homeowners. In fact, Zillow issued a press release in November 2015 reporting that up to 13 percent of home purchases were only made possible through a down payment gift or loan from a friend or family member. But as we reported in a blog post last month, there's a new obstacle holding potential buyers back: the lack of entry-level homes on the market.

Texas Remains a Top Destination for Relocating

April 22, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Millions of people are moving to Texas, and most of them are coming from other states, as opposed to other countries. Earlier this week, the Texas Tribune reported that 5.9 million people moved to Texas from 2005 to 2013, and 4.8 million of those came from one of the other 49 states. That's roughly 345 people per day who moved to Texas during that time period.

TSAHC Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Bobby Calvillo

April 15, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
For this week's blog post, we have interviewed Bobby Calvillo, Executive Director of Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. (AHSTI). AHSTI is a nonprofit homeownership organization dedicated to improving substandard housing conditions in South Texas and helping prospective home buyers achieve their dream of homeownership at a price they can afford.