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TSAHC Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Woody Widrow

October 20, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
Every quarter TSAHC spotlights a staff member or partner to help our readers get to know our mission and industry a little better. This week we interviewed Woody Widrow, Executive Director of RAISE Texas, a non-profit dedicated to financial education and asset building for low- and moderate-income Texans. Below is our interview with Woody.

Budgeting Tips to Help You Afford Your Monthly Rent

May 19, 2017 | by Guest Posts
This is a guest post by Abodo.com, a Madison, Wisconsin-based start-up whose mission is to create a new, better kind of apartment listing service. A recent study by ABODO apartments entitled “Heavy Housing Burden” dug into trends surrounding the availability of affordable housing, namely how many renters across the country are paying more than 30% of their income on rent (the HUD-determined threshold for being housing-cost burdened). Heavy Housing Burden reports that nearly half of all U.S. renters are facing a cost-burden, and that trend largely rings true for Texas.

TSAHC Unveils New Tool For Home Buyers

May 12, 2017 | by Michael Wilt
We're excited to share a new tool for home buyers now available on our web site. The Down Payment Assistance Calculator allows home buyers to explore the down payment assistance grant amount and interest rate that works best for them. Using the tool is easy. Just follow these quick steps.

Home Buyer Education and Financial Counseling Pay Off

August 19, 2016 | by Michael Wilt
Housing professionals have long professed that home buyer education and counseling create more responsible and financially empowered homeowners. Now, there's ample evidence to support their claims. Research summarized in two recent reports lists the benefits of completing a home buyer education course prior to purchasing a home.

Finding the Right Counselor to Meet Your Housing and Financial Goals

January 8, 2016 | by Katie Claflin
Whether your goal is to buy a home, improve your financial management skills, decrease your debt, or increase your savings, nonprofit housing and financial counselors can be a great resource to help you make progress toward your goal in the New Year. For this week’s blog post, we want to help you navigate the different types of counseling and find the one that's right for you.

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.

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.