For At-Risk/Homeless Families

Children’s HOME Initiative

In order to keep everyone safe during the uncertainty of COVID-19, we will no longer be accepting walk-ins and or application drop offs in person. You can email such documents to childrenshomeinitiative@foundcom.org and or fax: 512-447-9025. Please call our housing line, 512-610-7392 if you have any questions.

Since 2003, our Children’s HOME Initiative (CHI) has helped over 600 families move out of homelessness. This unique program offers even further reduced rents for extremely low-income parents with young children. CHI provides intensive on-site case management services, including employment assistance, in addition to the signature education, financial stability, and health programs we offer at each of our communities.

Currently, Foundation Communities has 140 apartments for CHI families.


CHI families are required to participate in case management services for 24 months and children are given opportunities to engage in enrichment activities through our on-site Learning Centers and CHI specific initiatives.


Minimum Program Qualifications:

To find out more about our program, watch this video to learn about our qualifications

Families with children (does not include parents awaiting custody of their children)

One adult (18 years or older) working at least part-time and able to move toward full-time

Family’s total income cannot exceed 30% of Austin’s Median Family Income

You can apply for CHI in two ways:

1. Download a full version of the application in either English or Spanish. There is information on the first page of the application about how to submit the application to our Intake Team.

2. Complete the screener version of our CHI application to see if you’re potentially eligible for our program at findhelp.org/chi. If you’re potentially eligible, you will receive an email with the full application for you to fill out and return to us. This is only to quickly assess if you will be eligible for the program. Simply visit findhelp.org/chi, create an account with your email address (it’s free), and complete the screener. Our intake team reviews the screeners weekly to double check the accuracy of the results.




For more information, please contact Intake Staff Member at 512-610-7392

or childrenshomeinitiative@foundcom.org.