Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Helps Couple Purchase Their Own Home

Every Texas first time home buyer should investigate the assistance provided by the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. Ann and Doug Foxworth of Austin certainly are glad that they did. After renting for 25 years, with the help of TSAHC, they were finally able to make the transition from renter to property owner.

The American Statesman reports:

For the majority of their 25 years of marriage, Ann and Doug Foxworth, have rented in Austin.

They’ve gone from place to place, living mostly comfortably, but always with the insecurity that one day through no fault of their own, their landowners could suddenly decide to up their rent or sell the home and require them to move out — both of which they had experienced before.

The Foxworths knew this was how the renting life worked but in recent years, with escalating rental prices in the city and with the couple’s fixed income from retirement, worrying about that came to be much more than they were willing to handle.

Nonprofit helps underserved populations own homes photo

Deborah Cannon

Ann Foxworth laughs as her seeing-eye dog Carrie tries to get closer to her and her husband, Doug, at their home Thursday. The visually-impaired retired couple were able to buy a home at an affordable price in North Austin thanks to a program with the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation.

On top of that, the visually-impaired couple, who met at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired as youths and married when they reunited as adults, also have to worry about making sure their living quarters are accessible and near public transportation, which is the main way they get around.

In June, through the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation’s Home Sweet Texas program, the Foxworths bought a home and were able to finally stop worrying about those problems.

“It was good news,” said Ann Foxworth, “Nobody would be able to tell us, well, we’re going to sell your house out from under you.”

The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation is a nonprofit created at the direction of the state Legislature in 1994 that aims to provide affordable housing to people across the state. The group works to achieve this mission by targeting the housing needs of low-income families and other populations who may have trouble obtaining homes and providing them with financial aid such as first-time home buyer grants or other down-payment assistance programs.

>> read the full story at statesman.com

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