Since July 2010, AHA! has owned and operated JT’s House, a single-family detached home that serves low-income families with members with disabilities. AHA! was gifted the south Austin property following the passing of its owner, James “JT” Templeton in January of 2010. He and his partner Karen Greenbon purchased the home with the help of Easter Seals Central Texas’ Home of Your Own program.
JT spent the first 30 years of his life in an institution before gaining his freedom in 1986. The Austin-American Statesman published a feature on JT and his civil rights work upon his passing. JT impacted many people throughout his life and served on the board of directors for Accessible Housing Austin!.
The property was developed by JT and Karen to meet their needs and includes accessibility features such as:
- Wide hallways
- Tile floor throughout
- Automatic door openers
- Roll-in Shower
- No-step entrances
- Wide doorways
- Levered handles throughout
- Accessible backyard deck
- Front-loading washer and dryer
The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is also located just off of Brodie lane and close to Capital Metro’s 333 and 338 bus stops. The home also features a large, fenced-in backyard.