What We Do

The primary purposes and goals of this Trust are to provide additional and continuing housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families; to promote the public health, safety, convenience, and welfare by mitigating the extent to which San Antonio’s low- and moderate-income households are unable to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing within the City of San Antonio; and to revitalize neighborhood and downtown through appropriate housing activities.

The San Antonio Housing Trust (SAHT) provides works through a variety of tools to create and preserve housing that is affordable, accessible, sustainable, and attainable. Specifically, we provide grants and low interest loans along with utilization of tax-exempt bonds, property tax/sales tax exemptions, and other creative financing mechanisms in partnership with various housing non-profits and for-profit housing providers to meet the programmatic vision set forth in our five-year strategic plan.

From time to time, the SA Housing Trust will issue either a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or a Request for Proposals (RFP) outlining the specific form of engagement SAHT is seeking such as a grant or loan award or for potential partnership engagements.

Five Year Strategic Objectives and FY 2023 (Year 1) Priorities

Objective 1: Clarify the Role of the Trust in the Local Housing System

  • Finalize and share Compass as component of Strategic Plan
  • Use website as a tool for education
  • Finalize Housing Tax Credit Development Criteria
  • Participate in County-Wide Housing System Analysis
  • Solicit input and update Annual Plan in summer 2023

Objective 2: Invest in the Trust’s Capacity to Grow

  • Adopt and implement an organizational operation system
  • Complete five-year forecast analysis and develop Financial Expenditure Plan
  • Assess staff needs to meet Strategic Plan Objectives
  • Create a Staff Development Plan

Objective 3: Facilitate the Preservation of Affordable Rental Housing

  • Collaborate with NHSD on Preservation Network
  • Analyze expiring use properties to prioritize efforts
  • Develop preservation plans for at-risk properties
  • Preserve at least three properties through partnerships or direct funding
  • Establish a dedicated revenue source for gap financing to strengthen preservation efforts

Objective 4: Contribute to the Construction of New Affordable Rental Housing

  • Support NHSD’s development of Displacement Impact Tool
  • Incorporate tool into final Tax Credit Development Criteria
  • Participate in and support five LIHTC projects
  • Identify PSH development partner & initiate pre-development activities for one PSH project
  • Establish multifamily new construction criteria

Objective 5: Support Neighborhood Preservation Efforts

  • Identify funding for CLTs
  • Establish one or two CLT community-based partner entities
  • Identify and/or provide technical assistance to community partner entities

Objective 6: Engage in Advocacy at Local, State, and Federal Levels

  • Assess Board needs and identify or offer training opportunities
  • Identify staff resources or partners to lead education and advocacy efforts
  • Support development of City’s legislative agenda
  • Prepare for participation in 88th Legislative Session (2023)


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