The Colonias & Real Estate Practice Area addresses the needs of residents of “colonias,” the unincorporated rural subdivisions along the Texas/Mexico border, in matters including obtaining access to public utilities, resolving title disputes with developers, and assisting non-profit self-help housing groups.
- Strengthen colonias communities’ voices to help increase access to state services and utilities
- Improve TRLA’s ability to respond to colonias residents’ needs by partnering with community groups, agencies and neighborhood associations
- Increase colonias residents’ awareness and knowledge of relevant financial and consumer issues
- Provide legal services such as advice, counsel, negotiations or litigation to colonias residents. Some of the areas of litigation include: foreclosures, property tax claims, platting issues, real estate conveyances, title issues and substandard housing cases.
- Support non-profit self-help housing groups in the TRLA service area
- Create and maintain important contacts with other direct-services agencies and community organizing groups.
- Help groups of colonias residents create community organizations.
- Employ full-time outreach coordinators to conduct seminars and to distribute flyers on financial literacy, consumer rights, and property ownership
- Conduct sessions to teach the financial literacy curriculum to promotoras, who can replicate the TRLA seminars in their communities.