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Awards

Best of Austin logoFoundation Communities wins
2011 Best of Austin Critics Pick Award:
Best Affordable Housing Intervention

"Foundation Communities creates housing for low-income folks through a holistic philosophy that includes literacy training, financial coaching, afterschool care, and counseling. This whole supportive web of services helps families stabilize, survive, and kiss the bad times goodbye."

Foundation Communities

  • Premier Community Builder —Workers Defense Project, 2012
  • Business of the Year — South Austin Civic Club, 2011
  • Going Green Award — Nonprofit/Agency winner, Austin Business Journal, 2008
  • National Practitioner of the Year Award, National NeighborWorks Association, 2006
  • Neighborhood Excellence Award, Bank of America Foundation, 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award for Hurricane Katrina response, City of Austin, 2005

Affordable Housing for Families and Individuals

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  • Annual Readers’ Choice Award: Best Green Affordable Housing Development, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, 2012
  • Property of the Year Award: Affordable Housing, Austin Apartment Association, 2012
  • Community Stewardship Award: New Development (shared with Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects), 2012
  • Social Impact Award, Austin Business Journal's Commercial Real Estate Awards, 2012
  • LEED for Homes Platinum, U.S. Green Building Council, 2011
  • Enterprise Green Communities certification, Enterprise Foundation, 2011
  • Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star rated community, 2011
Sierra Ridge Apartments
  • Metropolitan Life/ Enterprise Foundation National Award of Excellence in Nonprofit Property and Asset Management, 1999
Southwest Trails Apartments
  • Best Affordable Housing Apartment Community, Austin Apartment Association, 2002
  • Multifamily Winner, Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards, 2002
  • Community Impact Finalist, Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards, 2002
Trails at the Park Apartments
  • Metropolitan Life/Enterprise Foundation National Award of Excellence in Nonprofit Property and Asset Management, 2006
  • Finalist, Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Award of Excellence, 2001
  • Best Affordable Housing Apartment Community, Austin Apartment Association, 2001

Supportive Housing for Individuals

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  • Austin Energy Green Building 4-Star rated community, 2012
  • Enterprise Green Communities certification, Enterprise Foundation, 2012
  • Commercial Real Estate Award for Best Multi-Family Development-Rehab, 2013
Garden Terrace
  • Finalist, MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing, 2008
  • Multifamily Winner, Austin Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards, 2004
  • Outstanding Construction Award, Associated General Contractors of America, 2003

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  • Finalist, Readers' Choice Award, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, 2008
  • Recognized for meeting stringent Green Communities Criteria, Enterprise Partners, 2008

Spring Terrace
  • Beautification Award, Keep Austin Beautiful, 2007
  • Silver Award for Municipal Excellence, National League of Cities, 2007 (awarded to City of Austin for innovative and collaborative work with Foundation Communities to help develop Austin's first "green" supportive housing community, Spring Terrace)

Community Tax CentersCommunity Tax Centers

  • Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2008 - Critics' Pick for Best Stress-Free April 15
  • Community Capacity Builder - Public/Government, Governor's One Star Foundation Volunteer Award, 2008 (awarded to The Tax Practicum in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Community Tax Centers)
  • Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, The University of Texas at Austin (for faculty founder of the tax practicum course, Dr. Stephen Limberg)

Volunteer Awards

Jim Perry, Community Tax Centers
  • Local Hero, Bank of America, 2008

Staff Awards

Houser Award presentation

Walter Moreau, Executive Director
  • Interfaith Action of Central Texas' Affordable Housing Hero, 2012
  • CBS Radio Texan of the Week, 2011
  • James A. Johnson Fannie Mae Foundation Fellowship, 2006
  • Community Service/Nonprofit Winner, Austin Under 40 Awards, 2005
  • Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Austin Business Journal, 2005
  • Texas Houser Award Winner, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, 2004
Jennifer Daughtrey, Development Project Manager
  • Top Ten "Next Generation of Affordable Housing Leaders" in the country, Affordable Housing Finance's 2008 Young Leaders, Affordable Housing Finance magazine, 2008
Julian Huerta, Director of Programs
  • Community Sabbatical Grant, University of Texas Humanities Institute, 2006
Sandra LumleySandra Lumley, Property Director
  • Professional Designate of the Year Award, Austin Apartment Association, 2007