Scholarship Spotlight: Dorothy Howard

Beth PhillipsUncategorized

As told by Dorothy Howard, Rosewood Courts Resident I want to thank Austin Pathways and HACA for all the support you have given me these last two years through the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship. Continuing to work on earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in Huston-Tillotson University’s Adult Degree Program has been an awesome experience. In September, I will have enough credits to receive my associate’s degree in liberal arts. Once I receive my bachelor’s degree, I will only have eight … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Layla Mohsin

Beth PhillipsEducation

As told by Layla Mohsin, HCV Participant Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to do something important. I wanted to be the childhood figures I’d seen in cartoons – like Pocahantas. I wanted to be as caring and understanding as Snow White. I wanted to change lives like Mulan. When you’re a kid, everything seems easy, the world is at your feet, and you have this mindset that when you get older, you can do anything. … Read More

Capstone Title Partners with Austin Pathways to Help Promote Education of Low-Income Austinites

Beth PhillipsEducation

Austin Pathways is happy to announce a partnership with Capstone Title, a premier real estate organization in Austin, Texas. Capstone Title has generously donated $10,000 to help Austin Pathways in its mission to expand digital inclusion, job training, and educational opportunities for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s 19,000 residents. “We’re so excited to support this wonderful, community-focused organization and spread the word so more people can know about them,” said Capstone Title CEO and President Brad Compere. … Read More

Austin Pathways Raises Over $50K for Housing Authority Resident Scholarships

Beth PhillipsUncategorized

Austin Pathways raised more than $50,000 during Amplify Austin Day March 1-2. Matching funds were provided by Apartment Management Professionals and Capstone Title. One hundred percent of the funds, generously donated by more than 200 individuals, community partners and local businesses, provide direct support for scholarship and self-sufficiency programs. The Housing Authority of the City of Austin and Austin Pathways have awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to public and affordable housing residents since 2001. Austin Pathways also provides … Read More

West Pointers Bring Robotics Workshop to Public and Subsidized Housing Youth

Beth PhillipsUncategorized

When 12-year old Housing Choice Voucher client Jason Jetter signed up for a robotics workshop taught by U.S. Military Academy at West Point faculty, cadets, and alumni, he hoped he was signing up to be a part of a BattleBots-style robot competition. “I want to run into everyone – pretty much battle my robot,” Jason said. However, Jason and about 39 other Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) middle school kids spent one Saturday last month learning much … Read More

IBM Impact Grant a Foundation for Growth at HACA Nonprofit Austin Pathways

Beth PhillipsDigital Inclusion

As told by Catherine Crago, Strategic Initiatives and Resource Development The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) is a high-performing housing authority per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), receiving top marks on a variety of measures every year. As far back as 2001, HACA went beyond its mission to provide safe, decent affordable housing by establishing the HACA Scholarship Fund. Today, the agency has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. And many HACA residents who … Read More

Austin Wins Grant for Initiative to Increase Mobility Equity with Access to Online Tools

Beth PhillipsDigital Inclusion

Next Century Cities recently announced that Austin was one of three winning cities for the inaugural Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards, given to municipal governments that are harnessing high-speed internet to enhance civic engagement and democratic participation. The Benton Award was given to Austin for the city’s plan to develop Smart Work, Learn, Play, an effort to engage public housing residents near two public transportation hubs to increase citizen access to and use of online public services. Joining Louisville, … Read More

Austin Pathways Raises Over $30K for Housing Authority Residents

Beth PhillipsUncategorized

Austin Pathways raised $34,212 during Amplify Austin, doubling last year’s total of more than $17,000. One hundred percent of the funds, generously donated by 215 individuals, community partners and local businesses, provide direct support for programs like the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA) scholarship and Family Self-Sufficiency programs for public and affordable housing residents. HACA and Austin Pathways have awarded more than 500 scholarships to public and affordable housing residents since 2001. Austin Pathways also provides services like … Read More

Austin Pathways Wins Grant to Support Music Education

Beth PhillipsUncategorized

The Best Buy Foundation has awarded the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA) nonprofit subsidiary Austin Pathways a $6,000 Community Grant to support the Digital Opportunities for Music Education program at a public housing property that serves 576 residents in southwest Austin. The funds will be used to purchase music equipment in the audio recording room at HACA’s Henry Flores Education and Training Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened at Meadowbrook Apartments in November 2014. Grounded in Music – a local nonprofit organization whose … Read More

Google Community Leaders Help Residents Plug in to Digital Austin

Beth PhillipsDigital Inclusion, UT Austin News

About 20 children who live in apartments operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin recently received free refurbished computers donated by Austin Community College after dedicating 40 hours of their summer vacation to STEM education. Three Google Community Leaders from the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement attended the computer deployment to help residents assemble and become acclimated to their new machines. The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement works closely with Google to support the five-student … Read More