The House that Tech Built
House That Tech Built is back, and stronger than ever for 2020! Austin Habitat for Humanity is partnering with community-minded tech companies looking to give back through sponsorships and team building volunteer opportunities. We’ve had so much interest for this specific project, we are trying to build not one, not two, but THREE Houses built and funded by tech companies and volunteers.
This collaboration builds community within the tech-sector while addressing the growing need for affordable housing. Come roll up your sleeves and work together with other great Austin tech companies to build a safe and affordable home for the Tolden, and Herrera families this spring. We’ll have an additional Tech build this fall.
The Houses That Tech Built are part of our Affordable Homeownership Program, which has provided more than 475 affordable homes since our founding in 1985. Many low-income, hardworking local families struggle as the cost of housing in Austin continues to rise. We provide a path to stable homeownership and enable participants to invest in their own homes and futures.
Starting February 5th, we will build on this house every Wednesday for 16 weeks. We’ll start the second House that Tech Built on Saturday, April 18th and will build every Saturday for 10 weeks.
To learn more contact Becca Halbert at 512-472-8788 x 124, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vera Tolden is a native Austinite who loves Texas and says she wanted to “kiss the ground” when she moved back from out of state. She is also a multigenerational caregiver, supporting family including two children and a young grandchild, and she believes owning a home would provide them with permanent roots and help her be a great role model for the entire family. But no matter how hard she worked at her job as a rural mail carrier, she was not able to afford to buy a home here. When she found out about Austin Habitat, she was so excited to get involved with the program! She’s now working on her sweat equity and has gotten her daughter involved as well! She’s grateful for the support of the Tech Build sponsors and excited for a place her family can call their own.
Linda Herrera came to Austin from Honduras, and has worked hard to raise a family and overcome adversity including an abusive marriage. She has become an inspirational leader to other survivors, and has thrived as a bilingual Head Start educator and full-time caregiver for her two young granddaughters. But, until she reached out to Austin Habitat, a permanent home for her family was out of reach. She is grateful to the Tech community for supporting the building of her new home!