October 2020 Newsletter
Announcing Our 2020 Texas Foundations Fund
Nonprofit Partners
We’re excited to announce the 33 nonprofit partners we will be working with through the Texas Foundations Fund (TFF) program over the next two years.

TFF is our grant program that provides matching funds to nonprofits for critical home repairs or supportive services to assist very low-income households with a disability and/or located in a rural community. 

The 33 organizations listed below will receive a total of $610,500 for the first year of the grant term. We’re proud to announce that with this investment, we have provided more than $4.3 million in grant funding through TFF since its inception.
BBVA Awards
$22,000 Grant to TSAHC
TSAHC would like to extend a special thank you to BBVA for awarding TSAHC with a generous $22,000 grant in support of our Housing Connection program, which provides training opportunities to nonprofit housing counselors and affordable housing developers, and the Texas Foundations Fund, which provides grants to nonprofits providing critical home repairs and supportive housing services to very low-income Texans.

With this investment, BBVA is supporting Texas' housing nonprofits and their efforts to educate and provide quality housing services to Texas families located in Hood, Tarrant, Lubbock, Jefferson, and Hidalgo Counties. 
Welcome Newest TSAHC Team Members
Kayla, Paul, and Erica
Our team here at TSAHC has been growing and we would like to introduce our three newest team members. If you have a chance to interact with them, make sure you welcome them to the team!
Kayla Gillaspy

Kayla started in her role as a Single Family Compliance Specialist in March, shortly before our office began working remotely due to COVID-19.

Originally from Bryan, TX, Kayla reviews mortgage loan documentation and works with participating lenders across the state. Knowledgeable about TSAHC's single family programs, Kayla also responds to questions from lenders and home buyers.

Kayla is a new mother to her precious little girl, Annie, and is so proud to be part of the TSAHC team!
Paul Kaegel

Paul joined TSAHC in September as a part of our stellar Single Family team, joining us in the role of Single Family Compliance Specialist.

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Paul reviews loan documents to ensure they comply with federal and TSAHC guidelines. He also assists with educating lenders and consumers on our single family programs.

Over the summer, Paul relocated to Austin, TX with his partner. Outside of his professional life, Paul enjoys traveling and being a self-proclaimed "huge nerd."
Erica Mitchell

Erica joined the TSAHC family at the beginning of October. She joins our Development Finance team, where she will serve as the Development Finance Program Coordinator.

A native Austinite, Erica oversees relationships with local partners, builders, and government agencies. She also helps coordinate acquisitions, sales, and maintenance activities within the TSAHC ACT land bank.

Erica is our newest hire and, like Kayla and Paul, she is already a big hit around the (remote) office!
Upcoming Events
November 11 - TSAHC offices closed in observance of Veterans Day

November 25-27 - TSAHC offices will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25th in observance of Thanksgiving and will reopen on Monday, November 30th.
Below are October 2020 excerpts from On the House, a blog TSAHC launched in 2014 on affordable housing topics. In June 2020, we launched a podcast as part of our blog. We invite you to drop by On the House or listen to our podcasts as we explore important issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources.
Rental Housing Scams and
How to Avoid Them
Millions of Americans have lost money on a rental scam, and far more have come across fake listings or even fake properties while searching for an apartment. That's according to an Apartment List study that offers an in-depth look at a pervasive type of fraud rarely talked about. 

What's more startling is how much these renters are losing. The median loss is $400, but 17.6 percent lost between $500 and $1,000, and almost a third lost more than $1,000. 
How to Buy a Home Remotely
(Yes, It’s Possible!)
The ongoing pandemic has dramatically changed how we conduct our lives. But thanks to modern-day technology and the adaptability of consumer-oriented businesses, even something as significant as a home purchase can be done entirely online. 

While it may not be as tried-and-true as the traditional in-person home buying process, it’s easier and more reliable than ever to go through it entirely online. In order to help you navigate the virtual home buying process, we break it down step-by-step below.
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