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Since 1991, Avenue CDC has worked
to provide stable, healthy environments where Houston families of all income
levels can thrive in a vibrant and connected community.
We face many challenges. In our target area of the Greater Northside, median household income is just 45% of Greater Houston’s. Of over 90,000 residents, 90% are housing burdened (spend >30% of income on mortgage or rent), and 29% live in poverty. Almost 12,000 residents live in substandard housing that is overcrowded and/or without plumbing. Compared to Houston averages, unemployment is higher, educational attainment is lower, and residents’ quality of life suffers due to higher crime rates and urban blight.
Houston’s growing population and booming real estate market further compromise the stability of low-income families. Upward pressure on land values and rents threatens to force low-income residents to distant suburbs, away from employment centers and the social and familial networks they rely on.
Against this backdrop, Avenue CDC strives to implement thoughtful, proactive planning and investment that promote economic opportunity and an enhanced quality of life, but that also protect the underserved, allowing them to remain in their neighborhoods and build their futures.
First, we develop affordable housing using green techniques to create environments that are healthy and safe. We develop a range of housing options, for purchase and for rent by low to moderate-income households, that support the sustainability of mixed-income communities.
Second, we offer asset building services to help Houstonians improve their economic circumstances. Our homebuyer and homeowner education, foreclosure prevention counseling, and financial capability coaching help low-income clients learn how to build assets for long term financial stability.
Third, we support comprehensive, grassroots community building and engagement programs. These programs strengthen the impact of our affordable housing and asset building programs by engaging residents to achieve the changes they want to see in their neighborhoods. We have seen hundreds of exciting projects take root and grow from the leadership of energized residents who want to make a difference in their community.
Please contact me at (713) 864-8099 to learn more and join me for a tour of the areas where we work. We have so much we are proud of, and so much yet to do. We welcome your partnership and ideas and invite you to join Avenue CDC in securing Houston’s future as a world-class city of healthy, vibrant, and economically diverse neighborhoods.