Texas Foundations Fund Grants Awarded
The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation would like to thank the many nonprofit organizations that submitted proposals for grants under the 2009 Texas Foundations Fund. We applaud each organization for their efforts to provide affordable housing to low-income families in Texas. We are very pleased with the overwhelming response and interest in the Texas Foundations Fund and know it illustrates the tremendous need that exists in Texas for funding of multifamily rental supportive services, and rehabilitation, critical repair and construction of affordable single family housing.
On Thursday, March 11, 2010, the Advisory Council of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) recommended to TSAHC's Board of Directors that five nonprofits be awarded $50,000 grants. We congratulate the following nonprofits on being awarded a grant under the Texas Foundations Fund.
Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living (CBCIL) - The grant will be used to expand CBCIL's Resources for Access & Mobility for People (RAMP) Project. The RAMP Project provides assistance to individuals with disabilities with home accessibility features such as wheelchair ramps and minor home modifications. It is estimated that 20 households will be assisted, with an average of $2,375 allocated to each household. A waiting list has been established and is based on a first-come, first-served basis with emergent needs considered. Individuals selected will reside in the 12-county Coastal Bend area of South Texas. These counties include: Nueces, San Patricio, Refugio, Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, Kenedy, Brooks, Kleberg, Jim Wells, McMullen, and Duval.
New Hope Housing, Inc. - The grant will be used to sustain and expand the Resident Services Program currently being administered at New Hope Housing, Inc.'s single room occupancy (SRO) communities in Houston, Texas. New Hope's core purpose is to create life-stabilizing affordable apartment homes with a sense of dignity for adults who live with low incomes. New Hope's continuum of care strategy offers individuals supportive housing and supportive services to help assisted individuals in transition from homelessness or near homelessness and to enable them to live as independently as possible. New Hope's supportive housing services assist individuals in three ways: 1) achieving residential stability; 2) increasing the skill levels and/or income levels of assisted individuals; and, 3) obtaining greater self-sufficiency and stability.
Motivation, Education, & Training, Inc. (MET) - The grant will be used to perform critical repairs on 8 farmworker owner-occupied homes in Willacy, Starr, Zavala, Maverick, and Dimmitt Counties. Funds will enable MET to address more serious defects which could not be otherwise addressed given limited funding. MET will focus funds on houses that are severely substandard and require more resources to bring homes up to standard. It is anticipated that no more than $10,000 per household will be used. The Texas Foundations Fund funds will be coupled with $30,000 from MET's Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Housing Assistance Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Jobs Program. Furthermore, three of the 8 households will have a family member that has a disability.
Easter Seals of Central Texas - The grant will be used for consumer requested accessibility modifications through the Critical Home Accessibility Modifications Program (CHAMP). CHAMP is designed so that homeowners who have a family member with a disability can secure critical home rehabilitation assistance. Homes that lack ramps, accessible bathrooms and accessible kitchens pose a serious life-threatening situation in the everyday lives of individuals with disabilities. Eligible low-income homeowners must reside within the county limits of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson, Tarrant, Johnson, Parker, Dallas, Ft. Bend, Harris or Montgomery Counties. Easter Seals - Central Texas, Inc. estimates that it will be able to serve two households at $15,000 and three households at $5,000 - $10,000 with this grant.
Foundation Communities - The grant will be used to fund supportive housing services for the residents of multifamily apartment complexes in Austin, Texas. The grant will enable Foundation Communities to enhance supportive housing services for two specific populations at risk of homelessness, homeless single adults and homeless families with children. Foundation Communities anticipates serving 432 individuals and 78 families through these supportive housing services programs. This grant will be used to fund direct costs associated with the provision of supportive housing services, specifically for salaries of the Supportive Service Coordinators, Case Managers and the Director of Supportive Housing. Foundation Communities has created supportive housing services that work to end homelessness, while increasing the income, health and well-being of its residents.
If you have any questions regarding the Texas Foundations Fund, please contact Paige McGilloway at 512-477-3561 firstname.lastname@example.org.