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Foundation Communities Awarded $6 million in Federal Funding for New Affordable Housing

June 24, 2022 | Posted in Affordable Housing, Housing |

Foundation Communities has taken another big step toward reaching our current goal for expanding affordable housing in Austin. This week, we were awarded $6 million from the Capital Magnet Fund administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Foundation Communities is one of 59 organizations nationwide that will receive a […]

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A Mother’s Perseverance Pays Off through Laurel Creek

April 25, 2022 | Posted in Affordable Housing, Residents, Housing |

At the March 30th ribbon cutting ceremony for Laurel Creek Apartments, a resident opened her speech with these powerful words: “My name is Evelyn Chase…and I am not a victim. I am a survivor.” Evelyn is not shy about detailing the abuse she has endured. It caused her to run away from home as a […]

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Church’s Legacy to Live on Through FC Affordable Housing

September 17, 2021 | Posted in Affordable Housing, Housing |

In Austin’s Riverside area, an old church stands in a grassy field among towering shade trees. The Parker Lane United Methodist Church (UMC) building has been on the eight-acre site for more than 60 years, but in 2019 it was forced to close because of declining membership. On a sweltering Austin day, Foundation Communities Executive […]

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Capital Studios Resident Was Full of Life, Despite Health Issues

September 16, 2021 | Posted in Affordable Housing, Residents, Housing, Health |

We are saddened to note that Manny Nanez passed away on May 6, 2022. We are continuing to publish his story below as a tribute to the contributions he made to the community at Capital Studios.  Manny Nanez greets everyone he meets as he walks around Capital Studios. As a Community Engagement Specialist, he’s constantly […]

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Foundation Communities Residents Deliver Food, Hope During Pandemic

June 20, 2021 | Posted in Affordable Housing, Residents, Staff, Housing, Health |

The Foundation Communities Supported Employment Program allows FC residents to receive work experience and pay as they provide vital services for neighbors in their communities. This video takes us on the job with some supported employees as they sort and pack food items for delivery to other FC residents.  This food delivery program became more […]

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Grant Writing Intern Receives a Wealth of Knowledge about Storytelling – Sammy Jo Cienfuegos

May 10, 2021 | Posted in Housing, Education |

I was introduced to Foundation Communities through the SERVE Austin program at St. Edward’s University at the beginning of last year. I served as a volunteer for the afterschool program at Sierra Vista. I’ve always loved working with kids, but Foundation Communities just did things differently. Their programming touched on all aspects of the children’s […]

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FC Doubles Solar Capacity in Four Years

September 25, 2019 | Posted in Green Building, Affordable Housing, Housing | Keywords: , , ,

Kermit the Frog may have said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Building green may have its challenges, but Foundation Communities has continued to find ways to build beautiful, affordable housing for residents in need, while allowing us to continue to let our green-side shine through. We have made great strides in our green […]

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A Second Chance to Serve

May 20, 2019 | Posted in Housing, Health | Keywords: , , , ,

The day before his 58th birthday, Veteran Tvan Bryant moved into his new home at Bluebonnet Studios. To him it was a gift from God. “Life feels different now that I have a roof over my head,” he said. “I have my own place. My own bed, my own kitchen. I’m never hungry anymore.” Tvan […]

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Lugo Family Finds Success & Opportunities With Community Support

February 4, 2019 | Posted in Housing, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , , ,

More time together has been the greatest benefit the Lugo family has gained since Foundation Communities nominated them to be Austin American Statesman Season for Caring recipients. Those selected are provided with funds from the community to improve their lives. Among the items the Lugos requested were clothing, assistance with rent and utilities, and help […]

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A New Home at Bluebonnet Studios After Foster Care

November 17, 2017 | Posted in Housing |

Mu’Stapha Feika describes himself as extremely introverted, but if you ask him about basketball his eyes light up and he talks about his dream of becoming a coach. The soft-spoken 20-year-old spent most of his childhood living in foster care and said he kept people at a distance. He disliked school and found solace in […]

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