How we Give Back
$17,738.90+ given to causes fighting for affordable housing. Why?
As a social benefit company, we care about all the communities we are in and the effort made to provide affordable housing to those without means.
As a company we care about people, the planet and profit. And we know that’s not that weird. Austin, our hometown, is an expensive place to live. As is Houston, NOLA, Portland, and Detroit. And increasingly the amazing, creative, artistic folks that live in our homes can’t afford them. We want to fight that battle and change the notion of what affordable housing looks like. So each tour we do we give 10% towards affordable housing nonprofits in the cities we are in. We think it would be weird NOT to give back to our community.
HousingNOLA is now a 10-year partnership between the community leaders, and dozens of public, private, and nonprofit organizations working to solve New Orleans’ affordable housing crisis. The data indicates the need for 33,600 additional affordable units in the city by 2025 and the data clearly shows that wages have not come close to mirroring the dramatic rise in housing costs. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath destroyed over 275,000 homes and disrupted countless lives, but New Orleanians are resilient. For the 10 years immediately after the Hurricane, passionate citizens worked with non-profit, community-based organizations to rebuild their homes and regenerate their city in a more equitable fashion. New Orleans is evolving into a very different place from what it was before Katrina. Though its population is still below pre-Katrina levels, New Orleans is one of the fastest growing cities in America – according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Evidence shows the growing population is not just the result of returning residents, but an influx of college educated, young adults.
For more information and to get involved, please visit: http://www.housingnola.com
New Hope Housing is a non-profit whose core purpose is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. They help build lives through close to a thousand units of beautiful, safe SRO housing, available at an affordable rental rate in seven locations throughout Houston.
For more information and to get involved, please visit: www.newhopehousing.com
The United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a non-profit organization that assists low-income Detroiters with their housing needs. They support tenants, homeowners and the homeless in Detroit and have done so for more than 40 years. UCHC provides free legal services for tenants facing eviction and protect against predatory land contracts and mortgages. They find affordable housing for the homeless and those on the verge of being evicted. They are also the leading advocates in Detroit fighting the tax foreclosure crisis which has resulted in 1 in 4 Detroit homes being foreclosed in the last 7 years. UCHC has assisted nearly 3,000 occupants of homes in foreclosure to enable them to purchase their homes. Most of these purchases have been through the use of UCHC’s zero interest loan program entirely funded with foundation and grassroots fundraising support. UCHC has recently been devastated to receive news of a $1.1 million dollar cut from HUD to its homeless programs. That cut, about 40% of the budget, will take effect in October of this year. Any support enables that program to be able to continue and is much appreciated!
For more information and to get involved, please visit www.uchcdetroit.org.
Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty, and addictions. Founded in 1979, CCC provides a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, addiction treatment, and employment support. Every year, nearly 14,000 people find help and hope for the future at Central City Concern.
For more information and to get involved, please visit www.centralcityconcern.org.
LifeWorks is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. Every year, LifeWorks provides housing, counseling, and workforce/education opportunities to 4,000 youth and families, many of whom are facing life’s most difficult challenges. They are committed, along with many community partners, to ending youth homelessness in Austin by 2020.
To learn more about LifeWorks and how to become involved in their mission, please visit their website at www.lifeworksaustin.org.
Previous years’ partners include:
When you join us by paying a ticket, you can know you are making Austin, Detroit, Portland, Houston and New Orleans just a little better!