September 2020 Newsletter
Housing Connection Registration
is Now Open
Every year, TSAHC offers NeighborWorks training courses to our Housing Connection network of housing nonprofits, units of local government, and community based organizations that provide home buyer, financial education or affordable housing.

Housing Connection 2020 will be an online, four-week, instructor-led course and multiple self-guided webinars. The self-guided webinars will be offered in two phases, with each course needing to be completed within the dates of each phase. Registration for Housing Connection closes Monday, October 5th.

Additionally, TSAHC is currently accepting applications for a Housing Connection scholarship, which will cover the costs of both the instructor- and self-led courses. Apply for a scholarship here.

Please note: only housing nonprofits, units of local government and community based organizations are eligible to attend these trainings.
JPMorgan Chase Awards
$75,000 Grant to TSAHC
We want to give a special thanks to JPMorgan Chase for awarding TSAHC with a generous $75,000 grant in support of the Texas Supportive Housing Institute, our newest initiative that provides nonprofit developers with the information, resources, and tools they need to create successful Permanent Supportive Housing projects.

With this grant, JPMorgan Chase is supporting programs that help vulnerable individuals and Texans lead more healthy and stable lives. We’re thankful for JPMorgan Chase and their continued investment in TSAHC and our programs!
Affordable Housing Partnership
Guidelines Now Available
We’re excited to announce the launch of the Affordable Housing Partnership (AHP) pilot program in partnership with the Health and Human Services Commission. This program will provide no interest forgivable loans in order to build or rehabilitate affordable, accessible, and integrated housing units at eligible projects within Dallas and Travis Counties.

TSAHC will be accepting loan applications from eligible applicants on an ongoing basis provided funding availability. As this pilot is part of TSAHC's Texas Housing Impact Fund (THIF) program, the application will be the same as the THIF application, with an AHP addendum provided after applicants speak with TSAHC staff about their proposed project and program eligibility. 
Texas Supportive Housing Institute
Launches with Six Teams
On September 15th, TSAHC in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, launched the Texas Supportive Housing Institute. The institute is a four-part series that runs from September to December 2020 and seeks to provide developers, service providers, and property managers with the information, resources, and tools they need to build successful supportive housing projects. We’re proud to introduce the following six teams participating in the institute.

Community Development Corporation of Freedmen’s Town (CDCFT) 
CDCFT hopes to rehabilitate three single-site properties in order to provide low-income families and individuals with affordable, decent, high-quality housing. Through their supportive housing development, CDCFT hopes to revitalize their community and its culture. 

Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (come dream. come build. or CDCB) 
With their supportive housing development, CDCB hopes to create a mixed-use project that not only provides high-quality housing and supportive services to the chronically homeless but also provides their residents and their community with a grocery store.  

Community Transition Homes (CTH) 
CTH plans on creating a single-site development in Dallas, TX, providing 120 units of supportive housing to individuals and families that are chronically homeless, veterans, and single parents.  

Directions Home 
They hope to create 200 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and experiencing chronic homelessness. With this project, Directions Home intends to improve the health conditions of a vulnerable population not covered through other funding sources. 

SouthFair Community Development Corporation (SouthFair CDC) 
SouthFair CDC hopes to create a supportive housing project that will serve a growing population of chronically homeless individuals and families in their community. Their wish is that this development will not only benefit the vulnerable population living within the project but also the surrounding community as a whole. 

The Way Back House 
The Way Back House hopes to use this project to expand its supportive housing units and double their current available housing inventory. Their development will provide critical housing opportunities for individuals seeking societal reentry. 

The Texas Supportive Housing Institute is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from the following: BBVATexas Capital BankInsperityWells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase & Co
Upcoming Events
October 7 (Offered Virtually to San Antonio Audience) - "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" class. This free session provides one credit of mandatory continuing education (CE) for REALTORS®. Register Here
October 13 (Offered Virtually to San Antonio Audience) - "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" class. This free session provides one credit of mandatory continuing education (CE) for REALTORS®. Register Here
October 13-23 (Offered Virtually to a Statewide Audience) - the Texas Community Economic Development Policy Summit will be offered virtually via daily webinars October 13-20 and will investigate topics including evictions & rental assistance, COVID-19's impact on real estate markets in Texas, what to expect during the 87th Texas Legislature, and more. Register Here
Below are September 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.
Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Donnetta McGrew
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 are spotlighting Donnetta McGrew, one of TSAHC's Single Family Compliance Specialists. 

Donnetta works on our Single Family Compliance team, reviewing pre- and post-closing documents for the Mortgage Credit Certificate program and ensuring that the Certificates are issued in a timely manner.
Podcast Episode 10: Applying for a Mortgage Online
With the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing amount of lenders have moved their mortgage application process into the digital realm. Join TSAHC's very own Joniel LeVecque as we sit down with Valerie Cardenas from Texas National Bank to discuss what home buyers can expect when applying for a mortgage online.
Recognizing Texas Teachers Now And Always
The first of the month means rent is due for millions of Americans, and August was no different. But this month, renters are facing hard decisions as measures adopted to protect them during the pandemic are coming to an end.

On July 24th, the moratorium on evictions at apartments with federally backed mortgages expired. And on July 31st, approximately 25 million Americans stopped receiving $600 weekly in federal unemployment assistance, income that many households depended on to stay sheltered during uncertain times. 
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