The Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Looking Toward the Future Building on the Past 2009-2010 200 2 00 09 09-20 9-2 20 01 0 10 0 An A Annual Report
Disaster Housing Assistance
Helping Seniors Thrive
Quality, Affordable Housing
Experienced Consultants Giving Back to the Community
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Charles Bailey, Esq.
(2nd Row l to r) Carl Richie, Jr., Esq.,
Thelma Pannell, Dr. Tyra Duncan Hall
Pictured are (1st Row l to r) Henry Flores,
of Commissioners charts the direction of the agency, advocates for local assisted housing programs, ensures fiscal management, and adopts policies to govern the Housing Authority. The HACA staff
development center that fosters the creation of small businesses and provides the tools and services for
for making 2009-2010 an exceptional year.
President & CEO
James L. Hargrove, PHM
made from the past. We thank the Board of Commissioners, staff, volunteers, and community partners
Thelma Pannell, President of HACA’s Citywide Advisory Board
Charles C. Bailey, Esq., Law Offices of Charles C. Bailey
Dr. Tyra Duncan-Hall, Former Austin Community College Provost
Carl S. Richie, Jr., Esq., Vice President of Government Affairs, TXU
Henry Flores, President of Madhouse Development Services
of self sufficiency for our residents.
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follows the lead of the Board of Commissioners and works closely with the board to provide vehicles
being of our community. They are appointed by the mayor to serve without compensation. The Board
considered for an Award of Excellence for our success in establishing Emerging Enterprises, a
As we share this year with you, we are anticipating an exciting future ahead, built on the strong foundation
These five dedicated individuals volunteer their time and extensive knowledge on behalf of the well
The Housing Authority of the City of Austin will pursue entrepreneurial opportunities to address emerging trends and respond to the challenges of the future.
• Efficiently and effectively meet federal, state, and local mandates; and
• Create meaningful partnerships to maximize available community resources for our residents,
• Break the poverty cycle by serving as a catalyst for our residents to become economically self-sufficient,
programs and extensive resources. In 2009, HACA was awarded the NAHRO Award of Merit and
to say that each department excels in the ability to touch the lives of the participants through quality
Assessment Program (SEMAP) and Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) scores. I am proud
HACA remains a high-performing agency with exceptional ratings in the Section Eight Management
will see an apartment community receive a new and improved look.
about the new initiatives we provide to our senior citizens to thrive in a safe and affordable home. You
gangs and to continue their education through HACA’s Resident Scholarship Program. You will learn
become an established homeowner. You will read about our young students who are taught to resist
of rebuilding, progress, and hope. You will meet a brave man who beats the odds of homelessness to
“Looking Toward the Future, Building on the Past,” tells stories
much more in transforming the lives of our participants. Our theme
as a leader in affordable housing in Austin; delightedly, we do
• Ensure that safe, quality affordable housing opportunities exist for families of low income,
ensures the Housing Authority fulfills its
my pleasure to present the 2009-2010 Annual Report.
Many know the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA)
O The HACA Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners, staff, and participants, it is
Our MISSION supported by the Board of Commissioners
n behalf of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s
A MESSAGE from the President and CEO
supply land as a permanent affordable housing location.
CLT, a community land trust, is currently in development to
Time Village Apartments, and Park at Summers Grove. Equity
Sterling Village Apartments, Sweetwater Apartments, Leisure
area schools surrounding Eastland Plaza. Every year AAHC awards over $15,000 to five area schools.
year. One important philanthropic activity AAHC sponsors is the distribution of school donations to
holds a Back-to-School Bash to give the community students backpacks and supplies for the school
with train rides and games. Santa brings his holiday cheer and poses for pictures. Additionally, AAHC
Every holiday season, a big Christmas celebration is hosted by AAHC in the Eastland Plaza parking lot
Student receives a new backpack at AAHC’s Back-to-School Bash
residential real-estate properties: Bent Tree Apartments,
Hut, Shoe Show, and Citi-Trends. AAHC also manages five
traded corporations which include Walgreens, Subway, Pizza
The occupants of Eastland Plaza are mostly large, publicly
owns and operates Eastland Plaza, a retail shopping center.
Homeownership Program, the Six-Star Resident Program, and
in the city. AAHC oversees the Down Payment Assistance/
opportunities and continues to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors
subsidiary of HACA, develops quality, affordable housing
Austin Affordable Housing Corporation (AAHC), a non-profit
AUSTIN AFFORDABLE Housing Corporation
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homes built by Habitat for Humanity.
Nine homeowners worked to have their
homeowners with an additional $10,000.
Community Aairs has assisted nine
The Texas Department of Housing and
inception of the program.
There have been 57 homeowners since the
daughters as an established homeowner.
Nestor stands proud with his four
Authority’s 2009 Family Self-Sufficiency/Homeownership Banquet.
happy. I did this for my family.” Nestor was honored for reaching the five year goal at the Housing
In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, Nestor says, “This is my dream. I am very
housing before he had the opportunity to buy a home large enough for six.
moved to the United States, he and his family lived in homeless shelters, with relatives, and in public
school after second grade, to work on a ranch in Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato, Mexico. When he
Nestor, 41, is married, has four daughters and works at South Austin Hospital. He dropped out of
to have his loan forgiven, Nestor Rosas.
the homeowner is not required to pay back the loan amount. HACA celebrated its first homeowner
$10,000 to residents qualified for homeownership. After five years of good standing in their home,
Through the Down Payment Assistance/Homeownership Program, HACA provides a loan of
with the remaining rent balance being paid by VASH grant funds.
homeless veterans. The veterans pay 30% of their income towards rent,
in the Austin community. The program will assist approximately 70
connect veterans and their families with the necessary services to thrive
homeless veterans to the Housing Authority. VASH Case Managers
assistance. The Veterans Administration facility refers all eligible
and provide the homeless veterans with housing and case management
Program. The grant, in the amount of $583,843, was awarded to stabilize
Austin Area through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
veterans and their families in obtaining affordable housing in the
In the fall of 2009, the Housing Authority began assisting homeless
Community Innovations in Aging in Place (CIAIP) Grant. The three year grant of
and compliance experience.
however, are able to hire SHCC Consulting for part-time assistance or for specific projects.
be a resource for other housing agencies who cannot afford to hire experts on a full-time basis;
well as multifamily properties, private landlords, and non-profit housing groups. The hope is to
The consulting agency will serve other public housing agencies around the country, as
management solutions from our own agency.
reviews across the states of Texas and Arkansas. SHCC Consultingâ€™s advice is based on proven
practitioner; they have hands-on experience in conducting annually over 800 management
assistance based on rules, theory, and past experiences. However, SHCC Consulting is a current
socialization, recreation, volunteerism, leadership, health, and wellness.
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and interests of the residents. These programs will include classes and activities that promote learning,
Loop apartment properties. The coordinators provide support and organize programs based on the needs
Coordinators (employed by Family Eldercare) are assigned to Lakeside, Salina, Gaston Place, and North
are active, healthy, and engaged, thereby greatly reducing the need for institutional nursing care. Service
agencies serving older adults. The goal of the project is to promote a community in which older adults
the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, the Area Agency on Aging, and five other community-based
is a collaboration between Family Eldercare,
fourteen grants awarded in the nation. CIAIP
approximately $1.3 million, is one of only
HACA, was competitively awarded the
the states of Texas and Arkansas, SHCC Consulting has a great deal of property management
SHCC Consulting is unique from other consultants. Most consultants provide advice and
Family Eldercare, in partnership with
agency or property status. As a subsidiary of HACA and the contract administrator for HUD in
1st Annual 60 Plus Luncheon.
smiles with a HACA resident at the
A Family Eldercare Service Coordinator
COMMUNITY AGING In Place
have homes through the VASH Program.
52 previously homeless veteran families now
VETERANS AFFAIRS Supportive Housing
exists to assist housing authorities and affordable housing providers to achieve high performing
SHCC Consulting is a division of Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation (SHCC) and
agency in Austin. In the process, HACA established a knowledgeable consulting business.
The Housing Authority of the City of Austin set out to lend a helping hand to a sister
Vendor display used at conventions and conferences.
~SHCC Consulting Motto
OUR EXPERIENCE. YOUR SUCCESS.
Club, opened clubs at Chalmers Courts and Thurmond Heights apartment communities in 2009. Their mission is to inspire and to enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
the most scholarship dollars and the highest number of
residents ever awarded. The amount totaled to $112,500
and was awarded to 62 residents. The HACA Resident
Scholarship Program is designed to inspire these individuals
self-sufficient members of the community.
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One of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations, Boys and Girls
an institution of higher education. The year 2009 marked
to work toward becoming independent and economically
Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area
watch their children play at the community parks.
playtime. Parents are able to socialize with one another as they
multi-family sites to increase safe and environmentally friendly
continually rebuilds and improves existing playgrounds at their
celebrate the installment of their new playground. HACA
like Christianique Sistrunk, pictured left, broke ground to
beneficial exercise. With hard hats and shovels in tow, children
new playground; a safe place to run off energy and receive
The children at Georgian Manor Apartments received a shiny,
and Housing Choice Voucher participants who plan to attend
and to be attentive in school.
against drug abuse, gangs, and crime, to listen to their parents,
The six-week G.R.E.A.T. Program teaches students to stand
is twelve years old and a Fulmore Middle School Student.
about things I should and should not do at school.” Da’Clayvin
program helps me succeed in school and in life because I learn
Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) says, “The G.R.E.A.T.
Fund in 2001 for the benefit of all HACA Public Housing
Commissioners established the HACA Resident Scholarship
The Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s Board of
the scholarship recipients and their many achievements.
Annually, HACA hosts a Scholarship Ceremony to recognize
students attend Austin Community College.
and University of Texas at San Antonio. Over half of the
University, Texas A&M University, St. Edward’s University,
such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State
Scholarship recipients attend various Central Texas schools
and adults attending college for the first time.
graduated high school students, to students currently enrolled in post-secondary education,
financial means to accomplish this goal. The scholarship recipients range from newly
hope to those individuals who have a desire to further their education, but lack the adequate
Conquer. Achieve. Succeed. The HACA Resident Scholarship Program serves as a vehicle of
HACA Resident Scholarship Program
YOUTH EDUCATIONAL Success Gang Resistance Education And Training Da’Clayvin Joiner, participant in the Gang Resistance
more functional and up to date.”
through the Section 3 Program, which provides
HACA to help create and maintain jobs under the
S. Cook Construction, LP.
the contractors working on the project thus far, allowing
economic stimulus act.
Pictured are (l to r) Dr. Tyra Duncan Hall, Sylvia Blanco, Thelma Pannell, James Hargrove, James Teasdale, and Dan and Sherry Cook of
neighborhoods. Seventy persons have been employed by
connection with projects and activities in their
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“The grant will bring more jobs and lower utility bills.”
Urban Development Representative Lloyd Doggett, says,
pumps, and motors. The U.S. Department of Housing and
systems, and the replacement of existing chillers, boilers and
photovoltaic (solar power) systems, thermal water heating
Place Apartments. The renovations will include new roofing,
grant for energy improvements for North Loop and Gaston
In November of 2009, HACA was awarded the “green”
Green Communities Grant
in our four bedroom home. Our home is
public housing residents have been employed
employment opportunities to residents in
room which helps to circulate the air
saving lighting were added in each
bills. Ceiling fans and energy
noticed a big dierence in our utility
and Mirella Garza, say, “We have
Booker T. Washington residents Frank
hired to complete the renovations. To date, six
Three construction companies were
within four to five years.
originally scheduled in phases to be completed
work in approximately two years, which was
from ARRA will allow HACA to complete the
repairs, and a fresh coat of paint. The funding
work, new tile floors, ceiling fans, foundation
tubs and showers, new kitchen and bath cabinet
204 units in the renovation are receiving new
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The
currently in progress, is funded in part by the American
Apartments have drastically changed. The remodel,
The interiors of the Booker T. Washington Terraces
A MONUMENTAL MAKEOVER for the city’s largest public housing complex
The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) honored
develop and operate their own businesses. HACA’s Director of Quality Control, Pilar Sanchez, was presented the “Chair Award” for her service on the GAHCC Board of
was honored as a NAHRO Fellow.
reached a level of self-sufficiency that did not require further assistance.
had either been placed in other housing programs (Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing) or
of these families. At the program’s end, through extensive case management, nearly all of the families
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. HACA was assigned 432 families and provided rental assistance to 360
From October 2007 through October 31, 2009, HACA’s DHAP staff assisted families displaced by
HACA for successfully completing the Katrina-Rita Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP).
December 18, 2009, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Shaun Donovan, recognized
HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and
Sandra B. Henriquez,
Lisa Garcia, VP of Assisted Housing
Diane Falcon, Director of Assisted Housing
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of HUD
and non-profit ventures that have opened more than 700 additional doors of affordable housing.
In his recommendation letter, Hargrove was praised for his “unrivaled entrepreneurial partnerships”
Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs.
agency into a high performing agency and has continued to receive that recognition annually in both
James Hargrove was selected as a NAHRO Fellow for his tenacity in turning a troubled housing
wisdom and mastery as seen by their achievements and their actions within their own communities.
Governors established the NAHRO Fellows Program to honor NAHRO members for their accumulated
Two years ago, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Board of
The business incubator provides Austin residents with an unparalleled opportunity to
Authority of the City of Austin
NAHRO Award of Excellence.
Merit and a nomination for the
yielded the agency a NAHRO Award of
Business Development Resource Center
The success of the Emerging Enterprises
Government Partner of the Year
Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Hispanic
Directors for 3 years.
HACA established Emerging Enterprises Business Development Resource Center.
President & CEO of the Housing
member of 10 years. GAHCC’s Hispanic Technology Institute of Austin (HTIA) and
Year. HACA has maintained continuous involvement with GAHCC as a long standing
“Building Paths to Prosperity.” HACA was honored as the Government Partner of the
outstanding community leaders at its 36th Annual Awards and Installation Banquet,
James Hargrove (middle),
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• • • • •
Blood Drive Habitat for Humanity Summer Picnic Thanksgiving Luncheon Holiday Party
The following are the annual ERC events:
• • • • •
Care Packages for Troops Toys for Tots Food Drive Race for the Cure Employee of the Quarter/Year
employee morale and give the employees a chance to get to know other staff members!
The ERC coordinates many fun events throughout the year. These events boost
Commissioners for their well-deserved award.
staff votes for a nominee of their choice and the recipient is recognized by the Board of
ethic through the Employee of the Quarter and Employee of the Year Awards. The entire
The Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) recognizes employees of exemplary work
Ursula Godfrey Employee of the 4th Quarter
Employee of the Year
Employee of the 2nd Quarter
Employee of the 3rd Quarter
Employee of the 1st Quarter
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Committee
Through “HACA Builds HOPE,” the staff volunteers to construct homes with the Habitat for Humanity
Capital Area Food Bank.
Race for the Cure
Toys for Tots
Habitat for Humanity
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meal. The ERC sponsors a Food Drive which allows the employees to donate dry food and goods to the
During the holiday season, many people are less fortunate and are not able to purchase food for a family
on-site makes donating blood convenient for the employees.
Twice a year, the ERC hosts a Blood Drive at the Central Administration Building. Having the blood drive
Grant’s military troop in Afghanistan.
serve in Afghanistan. HACA employees donated magazines, DVD’s, toiletries, and dry goods to ship to
entertaining items and familiar food from back home. In 2009, HACA’s own, Grant Reid, was called to
The Entertainment Drive for the Troops treats those individuals serving this country overseas with
children of all ages to be distributed to families at Christmas.
The ERC partners with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Employees donate gifts for
row, the HACA team has been one of the top 100 fund-raising teams, accumulating over $5,000 in donations.
The ERC organizes a team to run or walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. For the third year in a
spend a day building hope for families.
organization. An average of twelve staff members volunteer their time on Saturdays throughout the year to
1073 672 14 24
2492 1731 53 908 2070 12,511.00
RACE (FAMILIES) WHITE BLACK AMERICAN INDIAN ASIAN PACIFIC
GENDER (INDIVIDUALS) FEMALE MALE
MARRIED DISABLED CHILDREN
AVERAGE FAMILY INCOME
ETHNICITY (FAMILIES) HISPANIC NON-HISPANIC
259 3228 7571
2358 3108 51 39
Housing Choice Voucher
TOTAL NUMBER OF FAMILIES 1783 TOTAL NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS 4223
Who We Serve
312 4136 9641
3431 3780 65 63
Development District I
hope for the future.
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economic growth, human dignity, and
that promote individual responsibility,
and sustaining healthy communities
of Austin, dedicate ourselves to creating
We, the Housing Authority of the City
& Community Development District II
VP of Housing
VP of Housing
Ron Kowal VP of Austin Aordable
VP of Southwest Housing
VP and Chief Financial Ocer
Lisa Garcia VP of Assisted Housing
Thomas Cherian, CPA
President & CEO
James Hargrove, PHM
Who We Are
34,014,264 7,282,418 18,894,751 60,191,433 84,299,068
NET ASSETS Invested in capital assets, net of related debt Restricted net assets Unrestricted net assets Total Equity/Net assets
Total Liabilities and Equity/Net assets
16,864,689 514,312 583,279 17,962,280 24,107,635
1,427,162 1,007,908 224,749 509,897 459,807 2,298,446 217,386 6,145,355
10,293,045 133,335,760 5,001,881 (95,453,287) 53,177,399 1,846,244 55,023,643 84,299,068
Noncurrent assets Capital assets: Land Building, equipment and infrastructure Construction in progress Less accumulated depreciation Capital assets, net Investment in Joint Venture Total noncurrent assets Total assets
LIABILITIES Current liabilities Accounts payable Accrued liabilities Intergovernmental payables Tenant security deposits Deferred revenue Bonds, notes, and loans payable Other current liabilities Total current liabilities Noncurrent liabilities Bonds, notes, and loans payable Accrued compensated absences non-current Noncurrent liabilities - other Total noncurrent liabilities Total liabilities
15,582,885 7,940,787 5,072,213 148,077 531,463 29,275,425
ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents- unrestricted Restricted cash and cash equivalents Receivables, net Inventories, net Prepaid expenses and other assets Total current assets
Housing Authority of the City of Austin Combined Statement of Net Assets as of March 31, 2010
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(275,371) 2,664,136 57,527,297 60,191,433
18,951,174 2,795,974 3,450,108 5,038,753 1,027,167 2,033,039 1,084,623 43,436,709 4,775,387 82,592,934 2,939,507
EXPENSES Administrative Tenant services Utilities Maintenance Protective services General Interest expense and amortization cost Housing assistance payment Depreciation Total expenses Excess of revenue over expenses Prior period adjustments Change in equity/net assets Total equity/net assets - beginning Total equity/net assets - ending
7,283,651 75,248,415 3,000,375 85,532,441
REVENUES Tenant revenue Government operating grants Other revenue Total operating revenues
Housing Authority of the City of Austin Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in Fund Net Assets as of March 31, 2010
Our Annual Report was printed using Forest Stewardship Council certified recycled paper. Taxpayer dollars were not used towards the production of this report.
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