People living in small towns play many roles and interact with each other in a lot of ways. A baby you babysat is now your youngest son's junior high school English teacher. Your sworn childhood enemy now picks up your mail anytime you're out of town. More »
Stories provided in the TDHCA Showcase offer a glimpse into the lives of those whose wellbeing is enhanced every day through TDHCA funds administered by local providers. Each story is told by actual beneficiaries and others through interviews and photos.
Texans work hard and take care of their own. Sundown residents Larry and Barbara H. embody this proud Lone Star virtue through and through. They worked hard for everything they own. More »
It's been said that we all could use a little help from above from time to time. Annie A. was in need of such intervention. Ever since her husband passed away in 1992, she worked and raised her four children in a small, two-bedroom trailer. More »
The City of Taft knows how to throw a party. Why celebrate the successful conclusion of one home reconstruction project when you can celebrate three in one day?
When Bertha H. moved into her home as a young mother in 1972, she had no problem reaching up or crouching down to all the cabinets in her kitchen. But time has a way of changing things.
Peter and Veronica E. needed a place to live. And with two kids, Joshua and Melody, that need was magnified even greater. Unfortunately, their housing options in Williamson County were limited because of Peter’s health issues... More »
Tragedy sometimes makes people resilient. Diana C. can attest to this. After her husband passed away in 1996, she quickly realized her job as a domestic worker was not enough to support her and her five children... More »
Heriberto R. and his wife have lived in the same location since the late 1970s. He built his own home long before the City of Brownsville annexed the colonia where it is located. “ At that time there were no inspections or codes. More »
Circumstances beyond her control caused Socorro Z. to move in with her sister. At first, it seemed like a good idea. The home was big and roomy and only the two of them would be living there. However, it soon became apparent that regardless of how much she loved her sister and appreciated living with her, Socorro was going to have to get her own place. More »
The only type of ‘building’ most twenty-somethings get into these days is building a “friends list” on their favorite social networking sites. Literally building a house is probably not something many of them have considered... More »
Yolando N. was a renter for over twenty years. Occasionally, the thought of buying a home crossed her mind. However, she convinced herself she would never be able to afford one. “Buying a house costs a lot of money and I never thought I had enough to buy one”... More »
Doing something right the first time requires preparation. Just ask Leticia L. The determined Central Texan knew she wanted to purchase her first home, but minor blemishes on her credit report and her husband’s ongoing truck payments... More »
Contract for deeds are like treadmills. They make you sweat and do not get you anywhere. Mario C. and Susana M., residents of Deerfield Park Colonia in El Paso County, are all too aware of this metaphor... More »
Parents want to provide a good home for their children. Jesus and Inez M. wanted to do just that so they entered into a Contract for Deed on November 11, 1993 to purchase raw land at the Mission Trail Estates Colonia in El Paso County.... More »
After her husband passed away in 1995, Dora L. wanted to provide a good home for her then two-year-old daughter so she entered into a contract for deed to purchase property in the Mission Trail Estates Colonia for $13,000 at an interest rate of 12%... More »
Juan C. only wanted to provide a good home for his growing family. So, in 1991, he purchased a piece of land under a contract for deed sale in Mission Trail Estates Colonia in El Paso County for $13,500 at 10.5% interest... More »
People buy a house for many reasons. Some are tired of paying rent. Others are upgrading to a bigger home. Chances are the main reason people buy a house is the same reason Andrea bought hers. “It was solely for my kids... More »
In recent weeks, we've reported on a federal housing investigation regarding where Dallas locates low-income housing. More »
Great "finds" are often times discovered while driving around aimlessly. A driver is driving down the road when suddenly something catches their eye, a quick u-turn is made to go investigate, and the car comes to a screeching halt as the driver stares wide-eyes at what they believe is the greatest find ever. More »
The Paces Foundation recently broke ground for Las Brisas Manor, an independent living community for low-income seniors in Del Rio, Texas. Construction is expected to start immediately, with the community due to open by summer 2012. More »
Poverty and Homelessness Prevention
Family sticks together, no matter what. LuLa G. and her nephew George E. have always stuck together; especially during the bad times. And they've been through some bad times that would have divided most others. More »
Bryan J. would soon transition out of the foster care system and be on his own. He had the drive and determination to go to college and build a life for himself but wasn't quite sure how to make it happen. He quickly realized he was going to need help. More »
Like many public agencies serving the rapidly growing I-35 corridor, the New Braunfels Housing Authority found itself struggling to help a client base growing at an equally fast pace. More »
Suddenly being disabled is hard to deal with, especially if you were climbing up and down cranes at a refinery just a few days prior. Jesse F. one day found himself in that situation. More »
Sometimes change can be scary, especially when you've been doing the same thing for ten years. Such was the case for Felipe H. Having lived for ten years in a nursing facility... More »
Living in a nursing facility can sometimes make persons feel like they’re facing a dead end or a brick wall. Diana P., a self-described loner, had been living in one for about a year and wanted nothing more than to get out. More »
Clarence H. knows what he needs. And right now, living in an apartment surrounded by good neighbors is exactly what he needs. More »
Weatherization and Energy Assistance
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Two Ways to Share Your Story:
- Send us your name and phone number, and a brief description of your experience, and we’ll contact you for an interview and photo shoot (we’ll write your story for you!); or
- Write your own story in 300 words or less, and send it to us along with any photos you care to share. Please note that TDHCA may provide final story edits.
Send your scoop to Jorge Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jorge at (512) 475-4577.