HACA Celebrates Record Number of Family Self-Sufficiency Graduates and Homeowners

Andrea GallowayDigital Inclusion

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and its nonprofit subsidiary Austin Pathways recently hosted “Passport to Success,” the agency’s 17th Annual Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) and Homeownership Recognition Luncheon at the Sheraton in downtown Austin. This year’s event featured a record number of 27 awardees. HACA’s FSS program equips residents with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve housing and financial independence. Services include education, workforce, health and life-skills programs, bolstered by access to child care, transportation … Read More

HUD Secretary joins HACA for Grand Opening of Education and Training Center

Andrea GallowayDigital Inclusion

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today (Nov. 21) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the agency’s new Henry Flores Education and Training Center at Meadowbrook Apartments, 1201 A. W Live Oak St. “Brainpower is the currency of success in the 21st century global economy. The comprehensive training and resources now available will transform lives and uplift families,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Equipped with … Read More

Unlocking the Connection for Austin’s public housing residents

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Google FiberFor Austin's public housing residents, access to the Internet can mean the difference between keeping up or falling behind. It can mean more resident children using computers in after-school programs and robotics clubs, more students using a home computer to finish their homework as their peers do, more working adults completing online GED training modules at home, and more seniors participating in basic computer skills workshops. Read More

HUD Secretary joins HACA, Google Fiber to Launch Nation’s First Digital Inclusion Program

Andrea GallowayDigital Inclusion

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro joined the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and Google Fiber today (Nov. 20) to announce Unlocking the Connection, a community-based initiative to help bridge the city’s digital divide and help families build self-sufficiency that supports economic independence and transitioning from public assistance. “Closing the digital divide means that every child has a chance to succeed in the 21st century global economy,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. … Read More

Henry Flores Education and Training Center (ETC) Grand Opening

lanbranadminUncategorized

A date for the grand opening celebration of the Henry Flores Education and Training Center has been set! On November 6th at 11am, HACA staff and honored guests will be on hand to see the state-of-the-art ETC at Meadowbrook Apartments. More details will be forthcoming but if you’d like to volunteer for the event, make arrangements to be available on November 6th!

Austin Pathways Receives a Grant to Bridge the Public Housing Digital Divide

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The Ford Foundation has granted $150,000 to support Austin Pathways’ vision of bridging the digital divide to our public housing families. This one-year grant will help Austin Pathways bring broadband Internet access, digital literacy training, and devices into the lives of the people we serve. The grant will go a long way towards the agency’s goal of providing ultra high-speed Internet access at all of its public housing properties.