Q: I'm interested in applying. How do I start?
A: That's great! We are no longer accepting appointments the day of the event. We will be accepting walk-ins but expect long waiting times. In the meantime, click here to create a profile with AHSTI to begin your journey!
Q: What if I don't have an email address?
A: If you don't have an email address or do not have access to a computer or smartphone then call us at 687-6263. One of our team members will be able to provide a solution.
Q: If I don’t live in Pharr can I still apply?
A: To be eligible for one of the 18 lots provided by the Pharr Family Foundation you must present a Pharr utility bill or have a child enrolled in PSJA ISD, Valley View ISD, Hidalgo ISD, IDEA Public Schools, Vanguard, and Premier Schools. If you are not eligible for these 18 lots, AHSTI has other programs you may be eligible for.
Q: What do I need to bring to the event?
A: There is a list of documents that you need to bring in order to conduct your Eligibility Determination Session. Click here for the list of documents. It is important that you bring the required documents or we cannot determine if you are eligible for the program. For more questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How long will I take at the event?
A: The time can vary due to different reasons. Typically, you can expect at least 1 ½ hours if you have a FAST TRACK appointment and at least three (3) hours if you are a walk-in or an appointment with no completed profile.
Q: How much money do I need to make?
A: AHSTI's program is restricted to households that make 80% of the area median income. However, there are times when we have special financing for households that make up to 120% of the area median income. Contact us for more information.
Q: How much do you require as a down payment?
A: AHSTI's program requires a $3,000 deposit at the time you reserve your lot. The deposit is 100% refundable so if for some reason your loan does not go through we will refund your entire deposit.
Q: Do I need to bring a down payment with me to the event?
A: Deposits/down payments will not be accepted at the event.
Q: Can I reserve my lot at the event?
A: Unfortunately you cannot reserve your lot at the event. Lots are on a first come, first serve basis so the quicker your make your follow-up appointment with the Customer Journey Specialist the better.
Q: What else is required?
A: The program requires you to attend an 8 hour Home Buyer Education Class. If you are on the FAST TRACK, you can have that opportunity to take that class on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Pepe Salinas Event Center for FREE. If you cannot make that class, then you will need to take the class before construction can begin on your home. The cost would then be $50 for the in-person class and $99 for the online class.
Q: What if I cannot attend the event?
A: If you cannot attend the event, create your account and complete your profile anyway. Any lots still available after the event are on a first come first serve basis.
Q: Are children allowed at the event?
A: Yes children are allowed.
Q: Can you build anywhere else?
A: Currently, we are only building on the scattered 18 lots through this program in Pharr. AHSTI also has subdivisions in San Juan, Alamo, Edinburg, Weslaco, Mercedes, San Benito, McAllen, and Rio Grande City that you may be eligible for regardless of where you live. We may also be able to build on your own lot, but we will need to go through a different process. If you own your own lot please email email@example.com so that we can provide you with an answer.