frequently asked questions
Own the HOU is an initiative aimed at closing the homeownership gap for people of color (which are members of the Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, and Asian communities) in
Houston and Harris County. Our mission is to support 5,000 new households of color in achieving homeownership while also helping existing homeowners of color in preserving their homes by the end of 2025.
Own the HOU offers a range of resources and a community of support for homebuyers, including connecting you with experienced realtors, providing information on down payment assistance programs, hosting financial education workshops, and offering valuable neighborhood insights to help you find the ideal home.
Getting started is easy! Simply contact us or attend one of our partner’s courses to learn more about the homeownership opportunities available to you.
No, Own the HOU welcomes all individuals and families of color who are interested in achieving or sustaining homeownership. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to upgrade your current living situation or maintain your home, we are here to assist you.
Own the HOU partners offer down payment assistance programs to help eligible homebuyers secure their homes. Our team will guide you through the process and provide information to help you explore the financial resources available.
Yes, Own the HOU offers workshops and resources to enhance your financial education, budgeting skills, and overall preparedness for homeownership. Attend our workshops to gain valuable insights and knowledge.
We understand the importance of finding the right realtor for your homebuying journey. When you sign up with Own the HOU, our team will match you with a skilled and experienced realtor who understands your unique needs.
By sharing your experience as a homeowner and promoting the benefits of equitable homeownership, you can become an advocate for the Own the HOU initiative. Help usbuild a more inclusive community where homeownership is accessible to all.
With Own the HOU, you gain access to our comprehensive home listings and insights into various neighborhoods in Houston and Harris County. Our realtors will assist you infinding homes that align with your preferences and budget.
Even after you’ve purchased your home, Own the HOU remains committed to your success as a homeowner. We offer resources on home maintenance, financial planning, and a community of support to help you thrive in your new community.
LISC Houston serves as the lead convener of Own the HOU with the support of Wells Fargo’s WORTH initiative and the Harris County Homeownership Collaborative (HCHC). Members of the HCHC include Avenue CDC, City of Houston Housing &
Community Development Department, Houston Community Land Trust, Connective, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Harris County Community Services Department, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Tejano Center for Community Concerns, and Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. Learn more about our partners.