What is TxLIHIS??
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TxLIHIS) is a
nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation established in Austin in
1988 by a concerned group of community leaders, nonprofit,
public and private housing providers and low- income
TxLIHIS is a dynamic organization which responds to
problems and opportunities. We look for opportunities where
we can apply our resources to develop model solutions to
solve critical housing and community development problems.
Our values dictate that we seek opportunities for
low-income people and communities to solve unmet challenges
through a self-help approach. Our recent areas of work,
outlined below, illustrate our application of our values to
problems and opportunities.
Values and Mission:
Our mission is to support low-income Texans' efforts to
achieve the American dream of a decent, affordable home in
a quality neighborhood. We believe that Texas' critical low
income housing and community development needs can best be
solved through a public-private partnership led by the
initiative of low-income Texans and supported by
government, the private sector, and the general public.
We Carry out our Mission by:
• Researching and evaluating low-income housing and
community development programs, needs and issues to
• Providing information about low-income housing and
community programs, needs and issues to promote public
understanding and support; and
• Organizing and empowering low-income people and
communities to take the initiative to solve their housing
and community development problems.
TxLIHIS is a private, nonprofit charitable Texas
corporation. We were designated in 1988 by the Internal
Revenue Services as tax exempt under Section 501(C)3 of the
Tax Code. Contributions to TxLIHIS are tax-deductible. We
depend on contributions from private individuals and
organizations to support our work.
Making a donation to TxLIHIS is easy. You can mail a check
508 Powell St
Austin, TX 78703 -5122
You can make a donation on-line with a credit card by
clicking the link below.
(Note: we cannot answer tenant questions or questions about
finding low-income housing on the phone).
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
508 Powell St
Austin, TX 78703-5122
We develop model solutions to Texas' critical housing and
community development problems through a self-help
approach. Our recent areas of work illustrate how we turn
problems into opportunities.
Helping low-income community organizations build homes
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TxLIHIS)
assists low-income neighborhood organizations in award
winning programs. These programs have built more than 2000
homes for low-income families, preserved historic
communities and created affordable housing for as little as
$100 a month.
Bringing people together to solve community problems
We provide support for the Texas Housing Forum. The Forum's
premise is that affordable housing and quality
neighborhoods will become a priority only when a broad
group of Texans, who are committed to housing, provide
leadership to address common concerns. By fostering mutual
respect and accountability among housing leaders, the
Housing Forum creates new avenues for communication and
actively organizes to address housing needs. Working with
the Housing Forum, we are laying the foundation for
elevating housing to a priority in Texas.
Supporting farm workers and border residents to solve
A major part of our work is organizing and supporting
low-income communities so they can solve their own housing
and community development problems. Impoverished colonias
along the Texas-Mexico border have organized themselves
through our Iniciativa Frontera project. This nationally
acclaimed project has created community-led organizations
that have produced hundreds of safe, affordable homes. The
project focuses on self-help construction, obtaining water
service, paving roads and building bathrooms for families
without indoor plumbing. Managing a mortgage portfolio is
central to the success of the effort along the border.
TXLIHIS is also working to improve housing for migrant farm
workers in the Texas Panhandle.
Fixing public housing from the inside out
Substandard public housing is one of America's most vexing
housing issues. We work with public housing resident
leaders to document poor living conditions, plan for
revitalization and train residents to lead the fight to
improve their housing. A significant accomplishment in this
arena is an agreement that we helped public housing
residents negotiate with the City of Fort Worth, allowing
residents to move into quality housing in integrated
:ieighborhoods of their choosing.
Providing accurate, easily understood help and information
Housing and community development policies and programs are
complex, frequently changing and often confusing to both
low-income people and the general public. We cut through
the complexity and red tape, providing accurate, easily
understandable information about housing needs and
programs. We distribute information through special
reports, press releases and our interactive Texas Housing
Counselor web site.
From the 1,800 low-income people completing Housing
Counselor sessions each week to find affordable housing, to
helping a tenant in a dispute with a landlord :hrough our
state-of-the-art Texas Tenant Advisor, to the reporter on a
deadline, our nationally recognized web site is a vital
Serving as a watchdog over government housing programs
We have a successful track record as both a public interest
research organization and an independent, aggressive
monitor of government housing and community development
programs. Our joint study of the Texas housing agency's
home lending record with the LBJ School of Public Affairs
at the University of Texas, Austin, discovered that the
agency was not lending to low-income families. Six months
later, the Legislature abolished that agency and created a
new one explicitly charged with addressing the problems
raised by our study. Since we identified the explosive
growth of poverty in Texas colonias, the Legislature has
allocated almost $50 million for colonias housing programs.