Building a better world.
Proyecto Azteca's mission, rooted in the hope of creating a more equitable society, is to build stable and vibrant communities by providing quality affordable housing for low and very low-income families, traditionally denied housing opportunities, and empowering them to become responsible homeowners.
Proyecto Azteca was created in 1991 in the spirit of Cesar Chavez as a means of addressing the housing crisis in the Rio Grande Valley colonias in Hidalgo County, Texas. Members of Proyecto Azteca's board of directors live in low-income areas or represent low-income areas. Residents developed a housing program based on the colonia tradition of owner-built houses.
Developed with the community, Proyecto Azteca works with the people it serves today.
We build our homes to be decent and affordable; we want to provide a way for rural residents to obtain the dream of home ownership.
We offer programs based on family size and income. While we do not require a traditional down payment, we do require that our families take first-time homebuyer classes and take part in the construction of their own or another family's home. Applicants who cannot physically complete the sweat equity component of our program are accommodated.
Proyecto Azteca facilitates construction for low income families that live in rural areas in Hidalgo County, TX.
We work with a self-help model that requires that families work on their own homes. Unfortunately, some of our families who are either disabled, elderly or both cannot fulfill the 550 "sweat equity" hour requirement that our programs ask for and
that is where volunteers become the real difference for our families. The hours our volunteers put in are banked and used to help elderly and disabled families meet their sweat equity requirement.