Celebrating a place called home.
For sixty-five years, the Housing Authority
of the City of Austin (HACA) has provided
sufficient housing to low-income Austinites.
It has taken people out of substandard
residences and placed them into modest,
affordable and safe homes, and it has served
people in ways that lift them out of poverty
and add dignity to their lives.
Home. It’s more than just an address.
It’s a place in the heart.
A place to raise a family, rest from the rigors of work,
and enjoy the companionship of friends.
In meeting this fundamental need, HACA
led the way among housing authorities
across the United States. Soon after the U.S.
Congress passed the Housing Act of 1937,
which provides federal assistance to local
public housing authorities, HACA became
the first housing authority in the nation to
begin constructing a housing neighborhood.
People began moving into that community,
Santa Rita Courts, in 1939.
Today, HACA has grown to 19 communities
with 1,928 units, 22 single-family home
sites and a Section 8 program that subsidizes
housing for over 4,500 low-income individ-
uals and families. From the Depression to
the Information Age, HACA has given those
in need a place to come home to that’s more
than just an address.
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Celebrating partners throughout Austin. Celebrating students in school.
HACA has been grateful to receive the support and cooperation Currently, one out of every four 9th graders living
of the following businesses and institutions: in central Texas will not complete high school.
Bold=Mayfest Plaintext= Programmatic Partners Italics=FSS Banquet
To help decrease the drop out rate of school-aged
38th Street Pharmacy Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Inc.
youth living in public housing, the Housing
AAA Fire and Safety Equipment Co. Guaranty Bank Authority of the City of Austin and its partner,
ACC Center for Nonprofit and Community-Based Organizations Gulf Coast Paper Co., Inc.
A.G.E. (Austin Groups for the Elderly) H.E.B. Communities in Schools – Central Texas (CIS),
Adult Protective Services Hearing Health Care
Alzheimer’s Association Gregory Hitt, Attorney at Law
developed the School to Success Initiative.
American YouthWorks Home Care Chiropractic – Diana DeLaRosa, D.C.
APICON Home of Our Own
Dr. Paul and Jane Anaejionu Homeward Bound
The School to Success Initiative, funded through
Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area Howerton Eye Center Housing and Urban Development and Austin
Armstrong Community Music School Huston-Tillotson College
Austin Affordable Housing Corporation Hyde Park Baptist Church Affordable Housing Corporation, motivates
The Austin Academy J.E.L.L.O.
Austin Community College John’s Body Shop
students to stay in school through academic
Austin Energy JPMorganChase and enrichment activities. The CIS staff members
Austin Independent School District King’s Club
Austin Independent School District – Gear-Up George Kozmetsky serve as advocates to students living in public
Austin Community Nursery Schools KPE Development, L.L.C.
Austin Families Legal Aid of Central Texas
housing both in school and after-school,
Austin Health and Human Services Department, Thurmond Heights Legend Communities, Inc. and are committed to helping students
Wellness Center Lisa’s Hope Chest
Austin Police Department Lower Colorado River Authority overcome the barriers to graduation.
Beaman Metal Company Magnet Lady
Becker Elementary School Diana McIver & Associates
Book People Med. Care of Texas
To further encourage youth living in its
Boy Scouts of America – Capitol Area Council
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area
Minnie’s Beauty Salon communities to stay and succeed in school,
BiG Austin Mission Funeral Home HACA developed the HACA Scholarship
Capital Area Food Bank Old Navy
Capital IDEA Our Austin Group
Program. In the 2001 – 2002 school year,
Capitol Elevator Company
D. Ladd Patillo 15 recipients received over $50,000 in funding
Positive Energy, Inc.
Caring Senior Service Prevent Blindness generated by the Austin Affordable Housing
Century Maintenance Supply Red Cross
Central East Austin Community Organization (CEACO) Dr. Rosenwig Corporation. These scholarship recipients have
Child, Inc. Roy’s Taxi
Children’s Sports Foundation
maintained an impressive combined GPA of 3.18.
Circle of Life Hospice S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)
City of Austin – Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Sidewalk Sunday School
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department – Roving Leaders The Siegel Group
Program State Farm Insurance
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department – Senior Support Texas Adult Literacy Laubach
Services Texas Association of Minority Business Enterprises (TAMBE)
Cliff Fort’s Flower Market
Texas Legal Services Center
Dr. Kristy Clinton, Chiropractor
Texas Housing Finance Corporation
Communities In Schools – Central Texas
Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation
Community Action Network
Town Lake Florists
Travis County Housing Authority
Cross Pointe Church
United Contractor Service
Crump Plumbing Supply
United Way Capital Area – First Call for Help
United Way Capital Area – Volunteer Center
Disability Assistance of Central Texas
University of Texas Project 2002
Dispute Resolution Center
University of Texas Student Service Group
DJ Rick in the House
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Doc Holiday’s Car Wash
Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home
Xerox of Texas
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
Woodlawn Baptist Church
First Care Home Health Services
WorkSource – Greater Austin Area Workforce Board
Frost Bank YWCA of Greater Austin
Girl Scouts – Lone Star Council
Celebrating successful operations. Celebrating day-to-day improvements.
A strongly unified department, teamwork, and HACA’s vision of “creating and sustaining healthy
an emphasis on creativity enabled the Housing communities that promote . . . human dignity and
Operations department to again thrive in 2001 hope for the future” is achieved in part through the
2002. Many new programs were implemented Capital Fund Program. Managed by the Planning
to aid in the efficiency and effectiveness of the and Development department, the Capital Fund is
department’s daily responsibilities. a grant provided by HUD for physical and manage-
ment improvements, emergency repairs, regulatory
An On-Time Rent Drawing is held monthly compliance, improvements related to drug
at every property. Residents who pay their rent elimination that are outside the scope of routine
on the first day of the month are entered in the maintenance, and other special projects.
drawing, and the winner receives a home-related
prize. Since the program’s inception, on-time This fiscal year, principal improvements included
rent payment has dramatically increased. comprehensive modernization at Rosewood and
Shadowbend Apartments. Additional highlights
The Good Housekeeping Sticker Program were new paint and exterior repair, erosion
recognizes households with favorable results control, renovations of kitchens and baths,
on both the annual Uniform Physical Conditions new roofs, the addition of ADA-compliant units,
Standards (UPCS) inspections and the Annual exterior lighting, and elevator upgrades at various
Housekeeping Inspection. The sticker is placed on public housing developments throughout the city.
the recipient’s door and encourages them and their
neighbors to take pride in their homes. This year In 2001, HACA became the first housing
HACA scored 27 out of 30 points in the UPCS authority in Texas to enter into an Energy
inspections, earning the “High Performer” Performance Contract to reduce agency-wide water
rating from HUD. consumption. This year, toilets in all units were
replaced with new energy saving models.
Several of the new programs act as incentives In its first year, HACA saved over 46 million gal-
and team-builders for staff. The Property of the lons of water. The program has further benefits
Quarter Program recognizes developments with to residents and the broader Austin community
superior unit turn-around and rent collection rates. resulting in the conservation of natural resources
The Picture of the Week Program awards prizes while teaching energy-saving methods that
to staff who identify and repair a “mystery photo” residents can implement in their homes.
that is e-mailed to the department. The Zero
Turn-around Drawing rewards staff who
complete the task of a make-ready in one day.
Bill Morgan Manuel Sepeda
The glow cast a gentle light on his face as The roar of the crowd is fierce and passionate.
he sat outside the apartment, peering in A group of young kids, moved by the excite- Celebrating housing assistance as a key to success.
through a front window, mesmerized by ment and energy of those around them, parade
the first television set he had ever seen. with confidence toward the ring. They are the
The year was 1961. Bill Morgan was a ones that carry the Texas flag before all of
young child living with his parents and Manuel Sepeda’s fights; they are the kids from
six siblings at Chalmers Courts. Perhaps it the Meadowbrook housing development. De Shaun Bradley
was this TV that sparked his perpetual
interest in all things mechanical. Manny Sepeda spent his teen years living at He’s the light of her life, her motivation to
Meadowbrook and Santa Rita. The years of his succeed, and her true love. Jonathan was
Years later, in 1994, Morgan started his youth were far from easy. He had to fight for the born to De Shaun Bradley 15 years ago with
own business, Cornerstone Heating and Air success that he now enjoys as a National severe autism. Since his birth, she has faced
Conditioning. Today he enjoys the success Champion Featherweight boxer, a father, and a challenges that are inconceivable to most,
of his business and family. Service calls husband. Today he finds strength in his family, and she has overcome each with vigor.
bring him back to the place he called home friends, and in encouraging current HACA
forty years before. There he sees families youth to aspire to greatness. Shortly after her son’s birth Bradley found
whose lives are being affected in a positive that she needed financial assistance. She
Roy and Barbara Minton was granted a Section 8 voucher and joined
way. And in his words, “public housing is
a good thing.” Their grand home on Meadowbrook Lane the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. After
in West Austin is no more dear to their nine years of receiving assistance she now
hearts than the home they shared at the lives in her own new home, is completing a
Meadowbrook housing development in the Master’s degree, and works at MHMR
Judy Vallejo early 1960’s. Roy and Barbara Minton assisting families whose children are born
lived at Meadowbrook with their three with autism. She reflects on her life,
She rests her arms on the balcony railing and “it’s been an incredible journey and will
children while Roy completed law school.
watches the fiery sun sink beneath the line of continue to be so. I’ll embrace it with joy.”
They recall time spent there as “happy
trees bordering her yard – her very own yard.
days” where they knew all their neighbors
Judy Vallejo spent many years traveling the
and made enduring friendships.
long, winding, bumpy road to success. She
has finally arrived at her destination. Today Roy Minton, founder of Austin law
firm Minton, Burton, Foster & Collins, is
Today Judy travels the high road as a bus
one of the top criminal defense attorneys in
driver for the Austin Independent School
Texas. Barbara Minton has given back to
District. She has been a bus driver for nine
the Meadowbrook Community by serving
years and a homeowner for six. But the
on the board for the River City Youth
years prior to her recent successes were not
Foundation. The couple encourages those
easy. She spent 22 years of her adult life
living in public housing, “Don’t consider it
living at Chalmers Courts raising her three
your plight in life. It was such a blessing
children. Her granddaughter’s birth motivat-
ed her to move on with her life. Today she
tells those stuck in the cycle of poverty, “it’s
up to you to move on. Go for the gusto! If
you fall, dust yourself off, and keep going.”
Celebrating resident independence. Celebrating Austin Affordable Housing Corporation.
Becoming a homeowner, a college graduate, In June of 2000 HACA formed the Austin
or a small business owner are just some of the Affordable Housing Corporation (AAHC),
dreams that can be realized for residents who a non-profit subsidiary that operates the Section 8
join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. contract administration for the State of Texas.
As participants in the Community Development AAHC successfully completed the HUD
department’s FSS program, residents sign con- required “Transition Phase,” and moved into “Full
tracts to make specific, measurable strides toward Implementation.” Out of 37 contract administra-
becoming economically independent within tors nationwide, AAHC was one of ten that
three to five years. HACA provides a variety achieved this goal. AAHC passed its first annual
of support services to help FSS members reach HUD compliance review with exemplary marks.
their goals including job skills training, child care
reimbursement, and transportation assistance. AAHC incentive funds were primarily concentrated
on scholarships and the acquisition of rental
Also in 2001-2002, a campaign was launched to property. In August HACA and AAHC awarded
dramatically expand the program. Fifty-four new approximately $50,000 in scholarships to HACA
members joined the program last year, increasing students seeking higher education. Additionally,
total enrollment by almost 50%. Since its AAHC purchased 16 single family homes, further
inception, 12 families have graduated from the expanding HACA’s low income housing inventory.
FSS Program. HACA’s 174 participating families
have a combined escrow balance of over $240,000.
Celebrating greater assisted housing opportunities. Celebrating active admissions.
Over the past two years, HACA’s Assisted HACA’s Admissions department has had an
Housing department has more than doubled its active year. Partnering with several Austin
number of available Section 8 vouchers to 4,645. agencies dedicated to affordable and fair housing,
This acquisition has enabled HACA to decrease the department reopened the Section 8 waiting
the time applicants spend on the waiting list. list on April 17, 2001, for the first time since
1999. In the first three days, HACA received over
Through seminars, cold calls and visits, direct 3000 applications. The Section 8 waiting list has
mailings, trade show presence, increased remained open since then and currently holds
involvement in local real estate organizations, over 6300 applicants.
print ad campaigns, and landlord appreciation
meetings, the Assisted Housing department has In addition to reopening the Section 8 waiting
increased the number of apartment complexes list, the Admissions department interviewed
accepting Section 8 vouchers. over 3500 new Section 8 applicants in eight
months and determined over 1700 of those fami-
Much of this success is due to a new program, lies were eligible to be housed in the program.
the “One Unit Challenge,” which encourages
property owners to lease one unit under the The department also continued to determine
voucher program. When they experience how eligibility for the public housing program by
easy the program is, they may increase the interviewing nearly 2000 families and filling over
number of units offered to assisted families. 500 vacancies. The efforts were instrumental in
This effort is particularly successful at diversi- HACA maintaining a 98% occupancy rate for the
fying the communities where the vouchers are Conventional Public Housing program.
accepted, thereby de-concentrating poverty. Over
half the new properties acquired in the past year To provide better customer service for all
are designated as “non-impacted” by poverty. applicants, the department also added an
admissions clerk who is dedicated solely
Success in managing a rapidly growing program to maintaining the waiting list and assisting
earned the Assisted Housing department high customers. In the upcoming year, the Admissions
marks from HUD’s annual Section 8 Management department has made customer
Assessment Program (SEMAP) certification. service its focus and plans to continue its
HACA was rated a high performer, scoring 96% commitment to quality, sensitivity, and efficiency.
on the evaluation.
The Assisted Housing department is continually
working to provide more housing choices to
families with Section 8 vouchers. Future plans
include more efforts in landlord and tenant
education, as well as continued pursuit
of additional vouchers.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN
Combined Balance Sheet as of Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenses and
March 31, 2002 Changes in Equity for the Fiscal Year Ended
March 31, 2002
Current Assets REVENUES
Cash and cash equivalents $6,983,834 Tenant revenue $2,869,283
Investments 2,555,990 Program grants/subsidies 46,712,106
Receivables - net of allowance 2,922,510 Intergovernmental 964,777
Due from other funds 746,910 Interest 130,759
Inventories - net of allowance 33,146 Other Income 871,379
Tenant security deposits 313,298
Deferred charges and other assets 345,575 Total Revenues $51,548,304
Total Currents Assets $13,901,263
Fixed assets - net of accumulated depreciation 18,025,411 Administrative $9,126,989
Tenant Services 1,422,846
TOTAL ASSETS $31,926,674 Utilities 1,887,778
LIABILITIES, EQUITY, AND OTHER CREDITS Protective Services 204,455
Current Liabilities General Expense 500,461
Accounts Payable $180,742 Housing Assistance Payments 28,258,911
Due to other funds 746,910 Depreciation 1,340,695
Intergovernmental payables 2,204,596
Accrued wages /payroll taxes 239,069 Total Expenses $45,313,338
Tenant security deposits 323,034
Deferred credits and other liabilities 963,414 Excess of Revenues over Expenses $6,234,966
Total current liabilities $4,657,765 Operating Transfers (577,475)
Long-term debt, net of current liabilities 4,664,117 Net Income after operating Transfers $5,657,491
Beginning Equity 16,947,301
Total Liabilities $9,321,882
Ending Equity $22,604,792
Equity and Other Credits
Contributed capital $13,005,353
Reserved fund $39,505
Unreserved fund 9,559,934
Total equity and other credits $22,604,792
TOTAL LIABILITIES EQUITY AND OTHER CREDITS $31,926,674
Celebrating dedicated employees.
The Employee Recognition Committee,
comprised of staff from all departments within
HACA and AAHC, has a two-fold purpose. The
committee reviews staff nominations and selects
the Employees of the Quarter and Year, and it
manages the Voluntary Employee Fund that pays
for various staff events throughout the year.
Employees of the Quarter are selected from
nominations submitted by HACA and AAHC
staff members. The Committee reviews each
submission and selects the employee who has
demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the
agency through work performance, attendance,
and volunteer efforts. The Employee of the Year
is selected from the four Employees of the Quarter
and is voted on by the entire agency.
The Employee Fund supports a variety of
recreational activities for staff. This year the
funds allowed employees to enjoy a family picnic
and barbeque at Emma Long Park, a Thanksgiving
Dinner, and a holiday cocktail party at the Copper
Tank. These activities help unify a constantly
growing staff by bringing them together to socialize
in a relaxed, non-work environment.
Top to bottom:
Diane Falcon (Employee of the Year)