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Get Involved Frequently Asked Questions

 
How can I contact you or send a donation?
By phone:  512-447-2026
By mail:  3036 S. 1st St. Suite 200 Austin, TX 78704 
By email:  info@foundcom.org

By fax:  512-447-0288

I'd like to volunteer or I have a group of volunteers who'd like to help. What can we do?
We have volunteer opportunities all around town for individuals or groups through Go to our Volunteer with Foundation Communities page for more information.   Or you can help working poor families by preparing income tax forms (January – April).
 
I have some land that would be good for affordable housing. Who do I talk to?
We're  always looking for building sites to develop or renovate for affordable multi-family housing. Please contact Asset Manager, Vicki McDonald, at 512-447-2026 x33 or vicki.mcdonald@foundcom.org.
 
I have some furniture, clothing or household items I'd like to donate. Can you use these items?
If you have items you no longer need, please consider donating them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or Project Transitions' Top Drawer. We partner with all of these great groups and your gifts fund crucial services they provide to help people who might just live at one of our communities.
 
I'd like to get involved, but doesn't the government take care of affordable housing?
To create or renovate affordable housing we depend on mostly government funding. Specifically, we've received Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, 501 (c)(3) bonds, City of Austin Affordable Housing Bonds, and grants from Federal Home Loan Banks and the Resolution Trust Corporation. We've also used Multifamily Private Activity Bonds, bonds issued through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, City of Austin programs and NeighborWorks America. However, to provide programs that make a real impact in our community — quality after-school programs for children, case management for homeless families and individuals, and financial stability programs — we depend on grants from local corporations and charitable foundations and gifts from people like you. Thank you!
 
Before I get involved, I'd like to know what makes Foundation Communities different?
What Makes Us Unique
 

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Live Here Frequently Asked Questions 

 
How can I live here?
-  Meet specific income guidelines (they vary for each location) 
-  Pass criminal and credit checks 
-  Have a good rental history (not required for some programs)
 
What do I do first to live here?
Call the community in which you're interested. Be ready to tell them your exact income and number of people in your household. If there are no vacancies, call your next choice.
 
How much is the rent?
Rents are based on resident income and vary with each property. One-bedroom apartments start at $500; two-bedroom apartments start at $560; and three-bedroom apartments start at $665 based on availability. Rates for furnished efficiencies vary from $50 (for individuals meeting particular guidelines and if available) to $450. Please call the location where you'd like to live to ask about rental rates. Some communities may also offer specials.
 
Is there a limit to how long I can live at one of your properties?
While there is no limit, our programs are designed to help people gain independence. Twenty percent of the families who move out of our communities do so to buy a home. However, we also have many long-time residents, and we value their contribution to our communities.
 

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Resident Services Frequently Asked Questions

 
What kind of services do you offer?
We offer on-site education programs for children and adults who live at our affordable housing — and families who live in the surrounding neighborhood. For children, we offer after-school programs with an academic and health focus, structured summer programs and community-minded teen groups. For adults, we offer classes in money management, computers skills, English as a Second Language and home buying. Our IDA matched-savings program offers residents opportunities for saving for college, buying a home or starting a business.
 
Do you charge for your resident services?
All of our resident services and programs are available at no charge or at reduced rates. Our classes and youth programs are also open to neighboring communities at no cost or at a reduced rate, depending upon the program. Participants in our IDA savings program must meet specific income guidelines.
 
Do I qualify if I'm not a Foundation Communities resident?
Our financial stability programs are open to anyone in Central Texas who meets income eligibility requirements.
 

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