Almost all of us in Austin know someone who needs an affordable place to live. Affordable housing is a critical part of any community’s healthy housing mix, ensuring diversity, opportunity, a thriving arts and music scene, and a labor force for essential community services.
Foundation Communities is a local non-profit that supports the Austin community by providing affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with children, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. While Foundation Communities specializes in affordable housing, their innovative model also focuses on empowering residents to achieve educational success, financial stability, and a healthy lifestyle.
Foundation Communities owns and operates 11 family communities and 5 efficiency studio communities for single adults in Austin. These housing communities provide a safe, Family-friendly environment that is in close proximity to schools and public transportation, as well as community learning centers and on-site support services in the areas of education, financial stability, and health.
At the foundation’s community learning centers, residents and neighbors have access to on-site education programs for children, teens and adults.
Beginning with early childhood education for 3- to 4-year-olds, children and teens have year-round academic support through Foundation Communities’ after-school and summer learning programs, while their adult education opportunities empower parents to improve their language and literacy skills and truly transform their families’ lives.
Foundation Communities is considered a national leader in the asset-building movement. By offering a multitude of programs – including free income tax preparation, one-on-one financial coaching and money management courses, matched savings accounts and assistance with college financial aid – they provide low-income families and individuals the opportunity to reach financial stability.
A healthy body goes hand in hand with a healthy mind and financial stability. Foundation Communities provides vital health care services on-site, including access to integrated primary and mental health care and substance abuse counseling, as well as opportunities to engage in a wide range of physical activity, nutrition, and community health programs. In 2013 they launched Insure Central Texas to enroll families and individuals in new, affordable health insurance plans, providing them with peace of mind for the future.
Mueller Silent Market is a proud supporter of Foundation Communities. In the spirit of the season, we encourage you to get involved too! The programs they provide are made possible in large part by more than 2,000 volunteers each year. From putting together welcome baskets to tutoring, or simply making a donation, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.