About Us


We’ve been creating housing where

families succeed since 1990.

Foundation Communities is a local, homegrown nonprofit. We provide affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 22 communities all over Austin and in North Texas.

 

STORIES OF HOPE


Housing + Services

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Housing

Housing

18 affordable housing communities for families and single adults

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Education Services from Foundation Communities in Austin, Texas

Education

Education

  • Free after-school & summer programs
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Free Minds, college humanities course

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Financial Stability Programs from Foundation Communities in Austin, Texas

Financial Stability

Financial Stability

  • Free income tax preparation
  • One-on-one financial coaching
  • College financial aid assistance
  • Matched savings

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Heatlh Services from Foundation Communities in Austin, Texas

Health

Health

  • Access to health care
  • Health insurance enrollment
  • Healthy living initiatives

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Learn more about the people of Foundation Communities:

 

STAFF       BOARD of DIRECTORS

 


 

What Makes Us Unique

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About 80% of our budget comes from the affordable rents our residents pay, which cover operating expenses for our communities.

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We invest in green building initiatives to save on operating costs, reduce residents’ utility bills and make our community a better place to live.

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Our programs are made possible in large part by more than 2,000 volunteers each year.



2016

We mark a pivotal moment in our history, with four new affordable housing communities under construction.

2016

We open our doors at Homestead, built on 29 acres of land with 500 oak trees, in southwest Austin.

2014

We open our doors at Capital Studios, the first affordable housing in downtown Austin in over 45 years.

2014

Capital Studios, the first affordable housing in downtown Austin in over 45 years, breaks ground.

2013

We support the successful Keep Austin Affordable campaign to secure $65 million in voter-approved affordable housing bonds.

2013

We launch our Insure Central Texas program to help people enroll in affordable health insurance plans.

2012

We deepen our commitment to the St. Elmo neighborhood of South Austin with key community partnerships.

2012

We open our 10th Learning Center in the heart of our Sierra Vista community, home to a wide range of on-site education, financial stability, and healthy living programs.

2011

M Station, a LEED Platinum family community in the heart of East Austin, featuring our first on-site child care center opens.

2009

With a $2 million federal grant from SAMHSA, we are able to add social work staff at our communities for single adults and partner with key community healthcare providers.

2006

We help lead the city’s Hurricane Katrina relief effort by offering housing and intensive case management services to evacuees from New Orleans.

2005

We launch our Community Tax Centers, now serving 20,000 working families and generating $36 million in refunds a year, and we expand our financial stability programs.

2004

We create our Children’s HOME Initiative to provide transformative opportunities for formerly homeless families with kids.

2003

Garden Terrace, Austin’s first supportive housing community for formerly homeless single adults, opens.

1998

We launch the first Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in Texas, empowering low-income families to build their financial assets over time.

1998

The state of Texas awards us Low Income Housing Tax Credits to build Trails at the Park, our first community to be constructed from the ground up.

1994

The residents at Sierra Ridge in South Austin develop our first on-site after-school and summer youth program.

Early 1990s

We open our doors to 500 families in four completely renovated apartment complexes in Austin.

Early 1980s

University of Texas students create a local housing program for low-income families that later becomes Foundation Communities.