'Family Self Sufficiency' is our theme as we help low-income families and individuals in affordable housing achieve their goals-education, jobs, and ultimately leaving subsidized housing, so that the Housing Authority of the City of Austin can assist the next worthy family who cannot afford market rate housing.
Austin Pathways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the education and general welfare of low-income Austinites in subsidized housing programs, specifically those who live in the 18 public housing communities owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and those who participate in its Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Impact StatementThe theme of "Family Self Sufficiency" guides our priorities. Providing affordable housing for low-income families and is what the first step the Housing Authority of the City of Austin takes. But families need a holistic approach, and that is where the Austin Pathways provides crucial help.
College Education-More than $1 million in college scholarships has been awarded since 2002. This year Austin Pathways will award dozens more scholarships. Our recipients are self-driven to meet their goals.
o Most work full or part time while in school
o Most are the first in their family to go to college
Children & Teens-We work with Any Baby Can, Boys & Girls Club, Scouts, Communities in Schools, Goodwill Industries, LifeWorks and others.
o Many of our students will have access to STEM programs to fortify their year round education during the Summer months
Digital Inclusion & Workforce Development-We're working hard to provide access to online learning and tools, computers, and broadband connections for our residents. To further the success offered by our partners, we have worked to help:
o provide low- or no-cost bus passes to residents who would otherwise not be able to meet basic needs, like health care, travel to work, and education
Health & Fitness-We provide ongoing exercise, nutrition and health classes onsite where residents can readily access them.
Elderly & Disabled-We work with an array of agencies to provide essential services for our elderly and disabled residents, including service coordination, chronic disease management, brain boosters, medication management and recreation.
"I didn't have parents that were paying for my college education, so having HACA contribute a significant portion of my tuition every semester made a tremendous difference." - Gerardo C., Capital Metro senior vice president, chief of staff, and former public housing resident
"I think [quitting] smoking is the best choice I've ever made for my health in my entire life - in 62 years. It's been the best thing for me. I can even think better, amazingly. I'm glad that [HACA] put that [smoke-free policy] into effect, because it helped me." - Gloria P., a public housing resident who attended free smoking cessation classes offered as part of HACA's new smoke-free housing policy.
"The staff and programs helped me regain confidence and rebuild my self-esteem. I truly appreciate the support and stability that public housing has afforded my son and me." - Shameika B., an FSS participant who recently moved from public housing to the Housing Choice Voucher program.
"Now we are one step closer to a better home life. We are one step closer to a better future for us and our kids. We are one step closer to our dream of opening up our own business and buying our own home." -Geneva H., a HACA client who recently earned her high school diploma after graduating from the Goodwill Excel program.
"I am a living witness that things can change if you start with yourself. I can truly say that when a person has their mind made up to make a change within their lives nothing and no one will be able to stop the process." - Ruth B., a 2015 scholarship recipient and public housing resident who now works at the Department of Health and Human Services.
"Owning a home will give me the space to expand my business, provide stability for our children, and we can officially say we have put our roots down here in Austin." - Tiffany P., a former HACA client who recently became Austin Affordable Housing Corporation's 100th homeowner.
"I feel like through HACA and the partner agencies, I have the support necessary to be successful," - Shellie M., a public housing FSS participant who is studying nursing at Austin Community College.
"HACA has helped me tremendously in my life. It gave me basic necessities so I could thrive to be the best person I could. There were lots of programs and incentives that helped me in high school. HACA also started to provide Google Fiber, and that helped me greatly with research projects for school and filling out applications for scholarships." -Christeen W., a public housing resident who was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college.