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Community and Housing Services

Easterseals Central Texas' (ESCT) Community and Housing Services provides support for people with disabilities and their families including home purchases, residential accessibility, rental assistance, assistive technology, and advocacy. Meet the Community and Housing team, see our Housing Services, or view our Community Services.

 Meet our Community and Housing Team

Jesse Porter

Jesse Porter
Senior Director Housing Services

Jesse joins ESCT via Hatch Works custom homebuilders, and before that  a 12 year career at Austin Habitat for Humanity. At Habitat he served as Director of Construction of 20-25 homes per year as well as 20-30 rehabs. In the spring of 2017 Jesse was a consultant for the international earthquake reconstruction team in Nepal.  Jesse brings his understanding of the building process, client needs, and process management to the Easter Seals mission.  Jesse understands the mission of building homes that families love, and all the details and determination required to get there.

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Isela Galvan
Housing Programs Manager
phone: 512-615-6820
email: igalvan@eastersealstx.org


Jim Cruz
Double Click Program Specialist
phone: 512-615-6860

 Easterseals Central Texas Housing Services

wheelchairHUD Section 811 - Wheelchair Accessible Condominiums - ESCT has developed wheelchair accessible condo units for rent to income qualified adults with disabilities.  Attention: Program is full and wait list is closed.


CHAMP logo Critical Home Accessibility Modification Program (CHAMP) - Through home modifications and repairs such as accessible ramps, bathrooms and kitchens, CHAMP provides residents with disabilities, veterans, and low income families the opportunity to enjoy a safe and barrier free home in the community.


house in hands Tenant Based Rental Assistance - With funding support from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, ESCT offers rental assistance vouchers for income eligible individuals with disabilities to live in the community. Attention: Wait list is currently closed.


 Easterseals Central Texas Community Services

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Double-Click Project - The Double Click project increases independence for people with disabilities through the acquisition of low cost, refurbished computers.  The purchase includes a CPU, monitor, keyboard and mouse.  Financial loans are also available for the purchase of these computers.  This program brings people and assistive technology together through training, technical assistance and services.


Bridging Apps - ESCT has partnered with Easter Seals Greater Houston's "Bridging Apps" project that promotes the use of iPad/Android mobile devices to enhance the life of a person with a disability.  Trainings are conducted around the state.


Follow Along Program
Our Follow Along program is unique in the Austin area.  We provide follow along support for clients who have been stable in their job for more than 90 days.  By offering work place support and continued contact with clients, the program strives to foster success in long-term employment.


Independent Living Program
ESCT Independent Living program provides support to adults with disabilities with the goal of helping them maintain as much independence as possible in their chosen living arrangements.  The program is flexible and geared to the individual needs of clients.  Independent Living Clients learn about various aspects of living independently, including fitness, wellness, and activities available to them in the Austin community.


Next Chapter Book Club

Next Chapter Book Club
Easter Seals Central Texas is proud to be an affiliate of Next Chapter Book Club. We invite adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be part of a six week long activity that includes fun and learning.   Anyone who is interested can join, regardless of disability or reading level.  Books will be read using our Kindle e-readers.
Trained volunteers facilitate each book club.  Participants will have the opportunity to build social connections within the community, have fun, make new friends and learn along the way. 


Liberation Station
Liberation Station is our technology lab where clients have access to computers, and assistive technology for those who need it.  The goal of Liberation Station is to provide computer skills, and encourage participants to explore their community and expand their world via the internet.

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