Established in 2005 as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation, Accessible Housing Resources, Inc. began implementing its purpose to provide accessible and safe housing affordable for very low income individuals, with a focus on serving those with disabilities and providing relief for housing cost-burdened families in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend.
With its establishment nearly two decades ago, AHRI has developed a small HUD 811 apartment complex, two transitional efficiency units and a shared-housing residence for men with disabilities. Two fo those properties are managed by AHRI and provide affordable and accessible housing options for individuals with disabilities, the majority of whom are SSI recipients.
Sine 2018, AHRI has assisted low income households in the region who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey to access rental housing with HUD HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) vouchers.
Thanks to HEART grant funding in place since 2018, AHRI is providing case management for these households, contracting with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as a TBRA Administrator as well as becoming established as a TBRA Contractor with the City of Corpus Christi. HEART grant administrator Enterprise Communities has provided AHRI with technical assistance to build its organizational capacity to respond to housing needs of low income individuals and families, particularly post-disaster in the Coastal Bend region.
September 2018- December 2019
AHRI has assisted the following low-income households:
Hurricane Harvey displaced households accessed affordable rental housing
individuals with disabilities entered transitional housing at AHRI’s 7th Street Property
households accessed Tenant Based Rental Assistance and moved into a home
1. Develop & sustain affordable, accessible rental housing options.
AHRI seeks to enhance its housing portfolio by developing and preserving housing options for individuals at very and extremely low incomes and those with disabilities. AHRI serves as a bridge from homelessness or disaster for those most in need.
2. Advocate, educate and engage.
AHRI believes that all persons should live in affordable decent homes in places of security and opportunity. We provide information and education to individuals and families to achieve housing and economic security.
3. Collaborate and leverage.
AHRI works with individual households, community organizations, mission-based developers and public and private entities to combine assets and increase investments for a sustained, diverse supply of affordable, accessible housing.
4. Improve public policy.
AHRI works for the expansion of affordable, resilient rental housing within a public policy framework. Engaging citizens in planning and decision making about their housing and their neighborhoods will provide public officials the data they need to prioritize the supply and availability of affordable and accessible housing options.
AHRI was certified as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) by the City of Corpus Christi in 2019 and is working as a Community Development Corporation (CDC). Both of these designations help shape and define AHRI’s role within the Coastal Bend community, ensuring that the organization is represented by and accountable to the people that it exists to serve.
A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a private, nonprofit grassroots organization that has staff with the capacity to develop housing for the community it serves. In order to qualify for designation as a CHDO, the organization must meet certain requirements pertaining to their legal status, organizational structure, capacity, and experience. In particular, the CHDO must have a minimum of 1/3rd of its Board of Directors that are representatives of the low-income community, and no more than 1/3rd may be public officials or employees. This ensures that the organization is connected to, and representative of, the community it serves.
A Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a locally based not-for-profit organization that works to help low-income individuals and families improve their quality of life by revitalizing low-income neighborhoods, increasing opportunities for residents of those neighborhoods, and engaging residents in planning, development, and revitalization efforts.
AHRI is one of the few local organizations belonging to the National Low Income Housing Coalition . NLIHC promotes improving access to affordable housing as the most cost-effective strategy in reducing childhood and intergenerational poverty as well as increasing economic mobility. The National Alliance to End Homelessness states that lack of access to affordable housing is the number one driver of homelessness. Yet despite these solid, research-backed facts and statistics, over 18 million American households are paying more than half of their income on housing and are considered severely cost-burdened.
AHRI is committed to advocating in partnership with the community for affordable housing in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend region. AHRI and community partners work to ensure that an affordable and accessible home is a reality for every individual and family, thereby contributing to a strong and thriving community.
AHRI is grateful for support from the following organizations:
Additionally, AHRI is a member of the COAD of the Coastal Bend, working in partnership with Come Dream Come Build, the Coastal Bend Aging and Disability Resource Center, Coastal Bend Neighborhood Empowerment, and Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living.
AHRI believes that all people, regardless of income or assets, are deserving of a safe, accessible, and affordable place to call their own.