Texas

Texas Programs and Resources

The following government funding programs, contacts and resources are available in Texas

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The following programs are available to you in the state.

Texas Department of and Community Affairs
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/

Texas Housing Trust Fund
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
The Housing Trust Fund consists of both single family and multifamily  programs administered by the HTF Division, but also provides funds for programs and activities administered by other TDHCA Divisions, including Disaster Recovery Gap Financing Assistance and Bootstrap Self-Help Housing.

The Texas Housing Trust Fund provides loans, grants, or other comparable forms of assistance to finance, acquire, rehabilitate, and develop decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing.

Eligible Applicants may include local units of government, public housing authorities, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. The Department supports projects that target very low income, rural and special needs populations. Applicants must demonstrate how the project funds will address an identified affordable housing need in their area.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/htf/

Texas Housing Tax Credits (HTC)
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
The Housing (HTC) Program was created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), is the federal law that governs the HTC program. Section 42 authorizes tax credits in the amount of $1.75 per capita for each state as adjusted for inflation. For 2006, that inflation adjusted amount generated approximately $43 million in annual tax credit availability. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is the only entity in the state of Texas with the authority to allocate tax credits under this program.

Since 1987, the HTC Program has provided for the construction or renovation of over 120,000 units of affordable multifamily housing throughout Texas, and is generally recognized as the single most effective incentive for the development of new and affordable multifamily housing.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/htc/index.htm

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
Email: home@tdhca.state.tx.us
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Authorized under the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, the purpose of the program is to expand the supply of decent, safe, affordable housing through partnerships with Units of General Local Governments and non-profit or for-profit entities.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs HOME Division is responsible for administering the HOME program on behalf of the State of Texas, awarding grants and loans to local entities providing affordable housing to low-income families.

By state law, 95% of HOME funds must be distributed to communities, typically rural, that do not receive HOME funds directly from HUD; the remaining 5% must serve persons with disabilities and is available statewide.

To address local needs and housing conditions, the State of Texas HOME Program participates in four eligible activities:
* Owner-Occupied Housing Assistance (OCC) provides eligible homeowners with funding to rehabilitate or reconstruct their existing home.
* Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) offers rental subsidies and security deposits to eligible tenants for up to 24 months; the household must participate in a self-sufficiency program.
* Homebuyer Assistance (HBA) provides down payment and closing cost assistance towards the purchase of a home. In addition to providing traditional homebuyer assistance, this category is used to support contract-for-deed conversions and other initiatives that combine homebuyer assistance with rehabilitation or accessibility modifications.
* Rental Housing Development activities assist eligible applicants with the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of affordable single-family or multifamily housing.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/

Multifamily Preservation Initiatives
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
Phone: (512) 475-1643

The preservation of existing affordable and subsidized housing stock is a critical element to achieving the Department’s mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing. Given current demographic projections for the state of Texas, stabilization of the existing stock of affordable housing is as equally important as new production in terms of meeting future demand for housing.

Funding for preservation activities is provided through many of the Department?s programs, including HOME, Housing Trust Fund and the Housing Tax Credit Program. The Department also releases special funding through the Preservation Incentives Program, when funds are available. In addition to the funding activities undertaken by each of our programs, the Department also provides links to similar property lists maintained by other federal and state agencies.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/preservation/

Multifamily Bond Program
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
Phone: (512) 475-3344

The Department issues tax-exempt and taxable multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bonds to fund loans to for-profit and qualifying nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for the acquisition or development of affordable rental units. Applications for financing may be submitted to the Multifamily Finance division of the Department for review. A recommendation is made to the TDHCA governing board. Properties financed through the programs are subject to unit set aside restrictions for lower income tenants and persons with special needs, tenant program initiatives, maximum rent limitations, and other requirements as determined by TDHCA and its board.

The Private Activity Bond Program is administered by the Texas Bond Review Board. TDHCA is a conduit issuer for the State of Texas. Currently, the bond program receives approximately $2 billion in allocation for the State. Approximately $447 million is set aside for multifamily housing needs. TDHCA is currently accepting applications on a monthly basis for the Private Activity Bond Program. The bond program is coupled with the 4% Housing Tax Credit program to maximize the use of State allocations.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/bond/

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is a HUD-funded program authorized by the ?Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008? (HERA), as a supplemental allocation to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The purpose of the program is to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight. NSP provides funds to purchase foreclosed or abandoned homes and to rehabilitate, resell, or redevelop these homes in order to stabilize neighborhoods and stem the decline of house values of neighboring homes.

Texas will receive approximately $173M, approximately $71M of which has already been identified by HUD as a direct allocation to 13 cities and counties with the greatest need. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs along with the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) will work together to administer the remaining $102M funds.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/nsp/

CDBG Disaster Recovery Programs
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
TDHCA is administering $40,259,276 the State initially received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing recovery efforts related to Hurricane Rita.

TDHCA is administering $428,671,849 the State received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing recovery efforts related to Hurricane Rita. The funding also addresses needs arising from Katrina evacuees.

TDHCA is administering $620 million in housing recovery program funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds include $58 million in disaster recovery funding for multifamily rental housing
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/cdbg/

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2410
Email: barbara.howard@TDHCA.state.tx.us
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance payments on behalf of low income individuals and families, including the elderly and persons with disabilities. The program provides financial assistance for decent, safe and sanitary housing to eligible households whose annual gross income does not exceed 50% of HUD’s median income guidelines. HUD requires 75% of all new households admitted to the program be at or below 30% of the area median income. Eligibility is based on several factors, including the household’s income, size and composition, citizenship status, assets, medical and childcare expenses. Qualified households may select the best available housing through direct negotiations with landlords to ensure accommodations that meet their needs. TDHCA pays approved rent amounts directly to property owners.
Website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/section-8/

Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program
Texas State Energy Conservation Office
The State of Texas will implement a mail-in rebate program to help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with new, ENERGY STAR� qualified and ultra-efficient appliances. The program is scheduled April 16-25, 2010 to coincide with Earth Day activities, and will continue until funds are expended. Customers may reserve their rebates online before the program begins, and are required to provide proof of haul-away of replaced appliances. Consumers can also obtain a bonus rebate by providing proof that their old appliances were recycled through a State Energy Conservation Office partner retailer or recycling center.

Eligible Products:
* Refrigerators
* Freezers
* Clothes washers
* Dishwashers
* Room air conditioners
* Gas condensing water heaters
* Gas storage water heaters
* Gas tankless water heaters
* Electric heat pump water heaters
* Solar water heaters
* Central air conditioners
* Air source heat pumps

Program running April 16-25, 2010 to coincide with Earth Day activities – will continue until funds are expended
Website: http://www.texaspowerfulsmart.org/rebate/

Senators
Your members of Congress may help you move your deals forward.

John Cornyn (R-TX)
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2934
Email: Contact Online
Website: http://cornyn.senate.gov/

Ted Cruz (R-TX)
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington Dc 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5922
Email: Contact Online
Website: http://cruz.senate.gov/

House Representatives
Members of Congress don’t want boarded up properties or unaffordable housing in their districts. Reach out to them for a helping hand in getting your applications reviewed.

Texas

District Name Party Room Phone Committee Assignment
1 Gohmert, Louie R 2243 RHOB 202-225-3035 Natural Resources
the Judiciary
2 Poe, Ted R 2412 RHOB 202-225-6565 Foreign Affairs
the Judiciary
3 Johnson, Sam R 1211 LHOB 202-225-4201 Joint Taxation
Ways and Means
4 Hall, Ralph M. R 2405 RHOB 202-225-6673 Energy and Commerce
Science, Space, and Technology
5 Hensarling, Jeb R 2228 RHOB 202-225-3484 Financial Services
6 Barton, Joe R 2107 RHOB 202-225-2002 Energy and Commerce
7 Culberson, John R 2352 RHOB 202-225-2571 Appropriations
8 Brady, Kevin R 301 CHOB 202-225-4901 Joint Taxation
Ways and Means
9 Green, Al D 2201 RHOB 202-225-7508 Financial Services
10 McCaul, Michael T. R 131 CHOB 202-225-2401 Foreign Affairs
Homeland Security
Science, Space, and Technology
11 Conaway, K. Michael R 2430 RHOB 202-225-3605 Agriculture
Armed Services
Ethics
Intelligence (Permanent)
12 Granger, Kay R 1026 LHOB 202-225-5071 Appropriations
13 Thornberry, Mac R 2329 RHOB 202-225-3706 Armed Services
Intelligence (Permanent)
14 Weber, Randy R 510 CHOB 202-225-2831 Foreign Affairs
Science, Space, and Technology
15 Hinojosa, Rubén D 2262 RHOB 202-225-2531 Education and the Workforce
Financial Services
16 O’Rourke, Beto D 1721 LHOB 202-225-4831 Homeland Security
Veterans’ Affairs
17 Flores, Bill R 1030 LHOB 202-225-6105 Natural Resources
the Budget
Veterans’ Affairs
18 Jackson Lee, Sheila D 2160 RHOB 202-225-3816 Homeland Security
the Judiciary
19 Neugebauer, Randy R 1424 LHOB 202-225-4005 Agriculture
Financial Services
Science, Space, and Technology
20 Castro, Joaquin D 212 CHOB 202-225-3236 Armed Services
Foreign Affairs
21 Smith, Lamar R 2409 RHOB 202-225-4236 Homeland Security
Science, Space, and Technology
the Judiciary
22 Olson, Pete R 312 CHOB 202-225-5951 Energy and Commerce
23 Gallego, Pete D 431 CHOB 202-225-4511 Agriculture
Armed Services
24 Marchant, Kenny R 1110 LHOB 202-225-6605 Education and the Workforce
Ways and Means
25 Williams, Roger R 1122 LHOB 202-225-9896 the Budget
Transportation
26 Burgess, Michael R 2336 RHOB 202-225-7772 Energy and Commerce
Rules
27 Farenthold, Blake R 117 CHOB 202-225-7742 Oversight and Government
the Judiciary
Transportation
28 Cuellar, Henry D 2431 RHOB 202-225-1640 Appropriations
29 Green, Gene D 2470 RHOB 202-225-1688 Energy and Commerce
30 Johnson, Eddie Bernice D 2468 RHOB 202-225-8885 Science, Space, and Technology
Transportation
31 Carter, John R 409 CHOB 202-225-3864 Appropriations
32 Sessions, Pete R 2233 RHOB 202-225-2231 Rules
33 Veasey, Marc D 414 CHOB 202-225-9897 Armed Services
Science, Space, and Technology
34 Vela, Filemon D 437 CHOB 202-225-9901 Agriculture
Homeland Security
35 Doggett, Lloyd D 201 CHOB 202-225-4865 the Budget
Ways and Means
36 Stockman, Steve R 326 CHOB 202-225-1555 Foreign Affairs
Science, Space, and Technology

Large Cities and Communities
The following larger cities and communities are most likely to offer local programs:

  • Abilene

City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services

City of Abilene Economic Development

  • Allen

Allen Community Development

  • Amarillo

City of Amarillo Office of Community Development

  • Arlington

City of Arlington Community Development & Planning

City of Arlington Economic Development

  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville
  • Bryan
  • Carrollton
  • Cedar Park
  • College Station
  • Conroe
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Edinburg
  • El Paso
  • Euless
  • Flower Mound
  • Fort Worth
  • Frisco
  • Galveston
  • Garland
  • Grand Prairie
  • Grapevine
  • Harlingen
  • Houston
  • Irving
  • Killeen
  • Laredo
  • League City
  • Lewisville
  • Longview
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • McKinney
  • Mesquite
  • Midland
  • Mission
  • Missouri City
  • New Braunfels
  • North Richland Hills
  • Odessa
  • Pasadena
  • Pearland
  • Pharr
  • Plano
  • Port Arthur
  • Richardson
  • Round Rock
  • Rowlett
  • San Angelo c
  • San Antonio
  • San Marcos
  • Sugar Land
  • Temple
  • Tyler
  • Victoria
  • Waco
  • Wichita Falls