A lot of people here know Maya and other application.
To be honest Houdini is wonderful and very powerful but ever software have strength and weakness.
Before you take your decisions try to use Houdini Apprentice get more Knowledge and of course about Houdini's procedural think.
Maybe this video can help you to start:
About you thinking to use Blender and Houdini is a good choice, but both software can have their on method to do the things right.
Blender community is very friendly and here perhaps with a more direction question you will have a lot of help too ;-)
Start with Houdini's beginners tutorials and have a happy day ;-)
(sorry my terrible English)