Our Top 8 Blog Posts of 2023

January 12, 2024 | by Michael Wilt

Categories: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Homeownership, Rental Housing

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a decade since we launched On the House, our Blog dedicated to homeownership and affordable housing topics. During that time, we've published hundreds of entries and introduced a podcast to offer even more housing-related content to our followers. 

To kick off 2024, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite and most popular On the House posts from 2023. We hope you find the below posts informative no matter what your role in housing is. If you feel like there's something we should be covering in 2024, drop us a line at [email protected].

1. How Do You Buy a Home? Your 10 Steps to Homeownership

Buying a home can be a tiring and complicated process. TSAHC has therefore created a checklist using NeighborWorks America’s curriculum so that whether the time to buy a home is now or in the future, you have the information to make the process a little easier. 

2. How Accessory Dwelling Units Can Help Communities Address Affordability Challenges

Across the country, communities are encouraging the development of Accessory Dwelling Units as a unique tool to address affordability challenges particularly in high-cost urban areas. According to the American Planning Association, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is "a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone single-family home."  

3. Podcast Episode 30: Todo Sobre Los Programas de TSAHC (En Español)

¡Junio es el Mes de la Propiedad de Vivienda y lo celebramos trayendo a los hispanohablantes los conceptos básicos sobre la asistencia para el pago inicial y los programas de Certificado de Crédito Hipotecario! Acompáñanos mientras nos sentamos con Karla Mendoza, oficial de préstamos en First Community Mortgage, para una conversación de todo lo que necesitas saber sobre cómo ahorrar dinero al comprar una casa.

4. Springtime in Texas and the Weather it Brings

Spring is a time of turbulent weather in Texas. From fluctuating temperatures to thunderstorms, hail and sometimes tornadoes, Texans need to be prepared for anything. With that, Texas homeowners need to be prepared for what that weather may do to their homes. 

5. The YIMBY Movement Explained

The housing world is full of acronyms, and a recent one is gaining more notoriety in the debate over what kind of housing should be built, how much of it, and where it should be located. That acronym is YIMBY and is defined as "Yes in My Backyard." It has gained traction primarily in urban areas where people feel that the solution to housing affordability lies in simply building more of it.

6. Podcast Episode 31: Housing Vouchers and Homeownership

Housing voucher programs are well known for their successes in helping households across the country secure affordable rental housing. But did you know that housing vouchers can be used towards a mortgage payment on a home? Join us as we sit down with Alyson Griffin, Branch Manager with Cross Country Mortgage, to discuss how housing vouchers can help families build generational wealth through homeownership.

7. Introducing Own the HOU: A New Initiative Designed to Expand Homeownership Opportunities in Harris County

On Friday, October 6th, TSAHC participated in the launch of Own the HOU, a groundbreaking initiative designed to help empower people of color and provide them with the tools and resources to help them become successful homeowners. By 2025, Own the HOU aims to assist 5,000 new households with achieving homeownership while supporting existing homeowners to preserve their homes.

8. Podcast Episode 29: An Interview with Joy Horak-Brown

This week we’re turning our On the House spotlight to supportive housing, which plays a key role in helping families and individuals achieve housing stability so they can focus on other financial goals (like homeownership) in the future. There’s no greater expert on the topic of supportive housing than Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO of New Hope Housing in Houston.


Looking for more housing-related content? Check out the Joint Center for Housing Studies' Top 10 Blogs of 2023

From all of us at TSAHC, we wish you a successful 2024, and we look forward to partnering and learning together over the coming months! 

If you're interested in learning more about TSAHC's accomplishments from this past year and what we hope to achieve in 2024, check out our Draft 2024 Annual Action Plan which is available for public comment until January 25th, 2024. 

On the House blog posts are meant to provide general information on various housing-related issues, research and programs. We are not liable for any errors or inaccuracies in the information provided by blog sources. Furthermore, this blog is not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney.

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