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improvement, and alternative to foreclosure counseling. This agency provide programs such as Head Start, Home Management and Homemaker I programs, Home Safety and Security, and community learning classes. They provide instruction for English as a 2nd language, Adult Basic Education, GED courses, employment skills programs, and after school programs. Direct services include food pantry, clothes closet, prescription vouchers and school and supply vouchers. Gulf Coast Community provided services to approximately 40,000 individuals. Support services include transportation and case management to clients interested in attaining self-sufficiency.

Legal Aid of Central Texas Austin, TX $37,102 Legal Aid of Central Texas (LACT) has been serving the community of Central Texas for over 33 years. They have only been a HUD approved agency since 1999 but has proven their capability in providing housing counseling services. They have a formal partnership with the UT School of Law that led to the creation of a Housing Law Clinic that allows law students to deliver supervised services to potential clients with housing matters. This is only one of the programs that LACT participates in to provide counseling for the community. They also work with United Way and the Texas Bar foundation to help low-income clients find affordable housing.

Marshall Housing Authority Marshall, TX $3,463 The Marshall Housing Authority provides counseling for the city of Marshall, in Northeast Texas and several counties in Northwest Louisiana. They focus on counseling for defaults and clients who want to take advantage of the Reverse Mortgage program. They also conduct weekly orientation sessions to assist potential and current renters. The Housing Authority also has a Homebuyer’s Club (HBC) that is aimed at families facing greater obstacles than normal. The agency prides itself on informing the community of the availability of the Housing Counseling Program they have in place. The agency is very familiar with the area and it’s residents so it can supply appropriate counseling.

Our Casas Resident Council, Inc. San Antonio, TX $3,463 Our Casas Resident Council, Inc. has been providing housing counseling services in the area since 1989. The agency has been successful in providing self-management/litigation technical assistance to public housing residents through resident council meetings, workshops and seminars. The organization also established an emergency food bank, a community service restitution program and the "Neighborhood to Neighbor" publication, issued to public housing residents in nine public housing developments. Between 1998 and 1999, Our Casas Resident Council, Inc. successfully completed the construction of 5 below the market single family residents, which are now owned and occupied for former public housing residents. The agency hopes to improve lives in the community through housing counseling, emergency


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