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Tax-Aide Program Statistics

NeighborWorks Waco offers free office space to AARP’s Tax-Aide, a free income tax preparation service. Tax season this year was particularly hectic, with challenges from COVID, the economy, and changing tax guidelines. However, the AARP Tax-Aide program was very successful in their efforts to assist the community. Across all four of AARP’s free Tax-Aide sites…

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An East Waco Legacy

The RL Smith elementary school on Turner Street was once filled with smiling student faces. It was named for the late Robert Lloyd Smith, an African American man who served in the Texas Legislature between 1895 and 1899. Smith was born free in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree…

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Client Spotlight: Chainey Stoltmann

Chainey Stotlmann began renting from NeighborWorks Waco in 2011. Our Homeownership Incubator program allows folks to rent safe, stable, and affordable homes from us while receiving incentives to pursue financial literacy and homebuyer education. Additionally, NeighborWorks Waco allows our renters to break their lease without penalty when purchasing a home. In 2015, we first provided…

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NeighborWorks Waco Leads the Charge on Affordability

As many are aware, the City of Waco hired an outside consulting firm called Lonergan & Mullin Associates to conduct a years-long study of the housing issues facing Waco. Waco has become one of the hottest housing markets in the greater Central Texas area, with home costs rising an average of 13% from 2020 to…

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Message from the Board Chair

Here at NeighborWorks we have an excellent group of volunteers that work in conjunction with our Board of Directors, all of whom have one common goal: to represent our community very well. We also have a committed staff who are working diligently, despite challenging headwinds–some from the office and others from home. We continue our emphasis…

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Executive Insights Winter 2022

Housing affordability has always been at the forefront of our organization over the past 28 years of our existence, but now in 2022 we are really having to think outside of the box and come up with new plans to offset the rapidly increasing costs of housing, both homeownership and rental!  It’s certainly not just…

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Staff Spotlight: Kris Morgan

In the Fall of 2021 Kris Morgan joined our team, bringing 15 years of experience maintaining properties. He serves as our Maintenance Manager, overseeing all aspects of our rental homes including paint, plumbing, electrical, inspections, and more. He has extensive experience with electrical repair and property maintenance, which equips him well to assist our clients…

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Homeownership Down Payments Using Income Tax Refunds

Perennially, one of the largest hurdles families face on their journey to homeownership is lack of adequate down payment. While NeighborWorks Waco does partner with several local organizations to provide Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance programs for those that qualify, we advise revisiting your budget to increase savings. Down payments can range from around…

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Tax Season 2022

Once again, NeighborWorks Waco will play host to the AARP Tax-Aide program. As always, this is not our program—it is run entirely separately from our operations and overseen by AARP, though we do provide office space at no-cost to the organization. This service allows hundreds of families, all from diverse backgrounds across our community, receive…

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