October 2021 Newsletter
Thank You to Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo recently awarded TSAHC a generous $55,000 grant in support of the Texas Supportive Housing Institute, an initiative offered by TSAHC in collaboration with The Corporation for Supportive Housing.

With this grant award, Wells Fargo is empowering nonprofit developers with the information, resources, and tools they need to create successful permanent supportive housing projects in Texas communities. 

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for supporting Texas communities! We are so grateful for your continued support of TSAHC and all our programs!
Thank You to the
Austin Community Foundation
TSAHC recently received a $250,000 program related investment from the Austin Community Foundation (ACF) in support of the Texas Housing Impact Fund. With this investment, TSAHC will expand efforts to finance more affordable housing projects in the Central Texas area. 

Climbing rental prices and income instability have caused a rental affordability crisis in Central Texas. Because of this, the demand for TSAHC's affordable development loan products has grown. ACF's recent investment will allow TSAHC to respond to the increased demand by financing additional rental units for low-income households. 

We would like to thank the Austin Community Foundation for their investment in affordable housing. We appreciate their continued partnership!
Lender Training Opportunity:
TSAHC Compliance Q&A
Do you have questions about our home buyer programs? Want to learn more about TSAHC's compliance processes?

Join a panel of TSAHC compliance staff along with representatives from Lakeview Loan Servicing and Freddie Mac on Thursday, November 4th from 10:00am-11:30am Central.

This will be an open forum where you can bring your questions and panelists will do their best to answer anything related to TSAHC's programs and compliance processes.
Welcome Our Newest Staff Members
Monique McQueen and Heather Whittier
Our team here at TSAHC has been growing and we would like to introduce our two newest team members. If you have a chance to interact with them, make sure you welcome them to the team!
Heather Whittier

Heather officially joined the TSAHC family in late August. She joins us in the role of a Single Family Compliance Specialist as a part of our hard-working Single Family team.

Heather is originally from Canton, OH and worked for the Veterans Administration for six years prior to her time at TSAHC. In her role as a Single Family Compliance Specialist, Heather reviews mortgage loan documentation and responds to questions from lenders and home buyers across the state. She loves working in the housing finance industry, since it allows her to help people accomplish their goals!

When not busy working, Heather enjoys listening to live music, reading, and going to the movies. She also has three adorable feline friends named The General, Zelda, and Pipkin!
Monique McQueen

Monique officially joined TSAHC's Single Family team in early September as an MCC Compliance Specialist.

Originally from Houston, TX, Monique has worked in the mortgage industry for over 10 years. At TSAHC, Monique helps review documents for our Mortgage Credit Certificate program, ensuring that they comply with federal and TSAHC guidelines. She's excited that she is now working at a nonprofit organization, helping families and individuals buy homes across the great state of Texas!

In her free time, she enjoys making early morning trips to work out at the gym and attending church on Sundays, where she volunteers as a part of their serve team. Monique has three children and, while she doesn't follow sports often, considers herself a fair weather fan of the San Antonio Spurs.
Upcoming Events
November 3 - "Overcoming the Down Payment Hurdle" class hosted online. This free session provides one credit of mandatory continuing education (CE) for REALTORS®. Register Here

November 4 - TSAHC Compliance Q&A Training hosted online. This free session provides lenders with the opportunity to learn more about our programs and compliance processes. Register Here

November 5 – Housing + Covid 19: Addressing the Pandemic’s Impact on American Homeowners and Tenants hosted by HousingWorks Austin. More Information and Registration here

November 11 - TSAHC offices closed in observance of Veterans Day.

November 17 - TSAHC Board Meeting at 10:30am. More information here

November 24-26 - TSAHC offices closed starting Wednesday at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Below are October 2021 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.
Our Updated Go-To Housing Resources
TSAHC launched the On the House blog in 2014 to explore important housing-related issues, provide an inside look into our programs, and share other valuable resources.  

To stay up-to-date on issues affecting our industry, we often consult a variety of online resources put together by private foundations, public policy institutes, and other housing-focused organizations and entities.
Celebrating Texas Foundations Fund Success Stories Across Texas
As a reader of our blog, you may already know that TSAHC’s programs target the housing needs of low-income families and other underserved populations across the state of Texas.

Through the Texas Foundations Fund (TFF), we award grants to local nonprofit organizations that assist very low-income households with a disability and/or located in a rural community. TSAHC has invested more than $4 million into the program to date, improving access to critical home repairs and supportive housing services. This year, we will be providing each of our 33 grantees with $20,000 grants, totaling $660,000 in 2021.
New FEMA Policies Bring Enhanced Accessibility to Disaster Relief
As one of the largest states and home to several different environmental biomes, Texas is no stranger to severe weather. But when disaster strikes and the health and safety of Texans are impacted, it’s vital to receive relief as quickly as possible.

Fortunately, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced in early September that they’re implementing policy changes that are meant to improve access to disaster assistance for underserved communities.
New Income Limits Allow More People to Qualify for Down Payment Assistance
We’re excited to announce that beginning today October 1st, TSAHC increased the income limits for our down payment assistance programs. This is big news for us and will allow us to better meet our mission and serve more home buyers through our programs. 

We know many home buyers may have questions about this exciting announcement, so we’ve compiled a list of most frequently asked questions.
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