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Assistance Programs

Our primary mission is to provide affordable, decent and safe housing to low-income individuals or families through the following subsidized programs. Further, it is also our mission to remedy the shortage of housing in situations where private enterprise was not available.

Our Assistance Programs

Affordable Housing

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Bridges Program

Bridges is a rental assistance program for people that have serious and persistent mental illness. It can supply people with rental assistance until they come up on our waiting list for the Section 8 Voucher program. Applications are available at the HRA office.

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Child Care Loan Program

The program provides a forgivable loan towards actual expenses relating to the cost of opening a child care business in the Mower County, up to $2,000 per licensed child care provider. Qualifying expenses must be approved by the Mower County Child Care Licensor and the Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Director. Approved requests will be funded on a first-come/first-served basis until all funds are expended.

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CHIP Program

The Austin HRA provides low-interest loans to income eligible, owner occupied homes for property improvements.

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Home Improvement Loans

Learn about the different home improvement loans that are available.

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Section 8 Home Ownership

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) homeownership program allows families that are assisted under the HCV program to use their voucher to buy a home and receive monthly assistance in meeting homeownership expenses.

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Section 8 Rental Assistance

The program is open to low-income individuals whose income does not exceed the income limits listed below. Program participants must find their own rental unit and can rent a house, duplex or an apartment.

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