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Own the HOU is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to bridging 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 their dream of homeownership while also assisting existing homeowners of color in preserving their cherished homes by the end of 2025.

Backed by a generous $7.5 million grant from Wells Fargo Foundation to the Harris County Homeownership Collaborative (HCHC), Own the HOU is an initiative that brings together key stakeholders and organizations committed to fostering equitable homeownership opportunities in our community. The HCHC members include:

LISC Houston LISC Houston works with residents and partners to forge resilient and inclusive communities in America, creating excellent spaces to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families.

Avenue Community Development Corporation Avenue CDC invests in people, homes, and communities to promote equity and opportunities for all residents of Houston.

City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department works to create opportunities for all Houston residents to have access to safe homes they can afford in communities where they can thrive.

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Houston Community Land Trust is Dedicated to creating lasting community assets and affordable homeownership opportunities.

Connective Connective creates people-centered programs, leads the collective improvement of social services, and shares knowledge to help others increase their impact.


Fifth Ward CRC catalyzes resources to build and preserve an inclusive community in Fifth Ward, developing places and opportunities to live, work, and enjoy.

Harris County Community Services Department The Harris County Community Services Department, through the Office of Housing and Community Development, serves the community with a variety of programs and services.

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Houston Habitat for Humanity Houston Habitat for Humanity empowers people to build a better future for themselves and their families through financial and home maintenance training, building homes alongside volunteers, and purchasing their homes with an affordable mortgage.

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The Tejano Center for Community Concerns The goal of The Tejano Center for Community Concerns has always been to improve lives and create a sustained network of support and opportunities within the community.

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Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation The Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) believes that every Texan deserves the opportunity to live in safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Through these collective efforts, Own the HOU aims to break down barriers, provide a community of support, and empower communities of color and their families to successfully achieve homeownership. We believe that stable and sustainable homeownership is a powerful driver of financial economic growth and community preservation.

With the support and collaboration of our community partners, we are fostering an environment where life milestones are achieved, families thrive, and neighborhoods flourish. Together, we will create a more equitable and inclusive Houston and Harris County, where homeownership is within reach for all.

Together, let’s find your pathway to homeownership for Houston and Harris County residents, one home at a time.