Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Disaster Relief Resources:
Communities and Nonprofits

Our Disaster Relief Role

  • Not a first responder.
  • Apply Department expertise and resources to help local administrators assist eligible Texans impacted by disasters.
  • Provide immediate and short term community service and housing support, and long term affordable housing relief.

Disaster Relief Program Funding

  • All of TDHCA's disaster relief programs typically do not have designated relief funds, but may provide deobligated or other funds for disaster relief support.
    • TDHCA’s HOME Disaster Relief Program Funding: HOME program has funds designated for disaster relief activities.
      • Of TDHCA's total annual HOME Program funding allocation, 95% is reserved for non-participating jurisdictions and 5% is reserved to assist persons with disabilities statewide.
      • HOME has approximately $500,000 available for disaster relief assistance as of 05/13/14, and will be adding $1 million to the set-aside in the next few months. The Department's practice is to maintain a HOME DR Fund balance of $1 million whenever possible to support impacted households not located in HUD designated Participating Jurisdictions, unless otherwise allowed by the Governor.
  • As with all TDHCA programs, funding for the Department’s disaster relief activities is subject to availability.
  • All activities supported through TDHCA funding must follow applicable program rules, including but not limited to eligible applicants, beneficiaries, activities, etc.
  • Some programs require an application through a Notice of Funding Availability. Read TDHCA’s NOFA page.

Eligible Beneficiaries

  • Eligible beneficiaries vary by program and are subject to income eligibility, which is typically identified as Area Median Family Income (AMFI). See Income and Rent Limits for details.
  • TDHCA programs typically target lower to moderate income populations, generally serving households earning up to 80% AMFI.
  • Some programs may give assistance priority to a variety of special needs populations, such as:
    • Colonia residents;
    • Migrant farm workers;
    • Persons with alcohol and/or drug addictions;
    • Persons with disabilities;
    • Persons with HIV/AIDS; Homeless populations;
    • Public housing residents;
    • Seniors;
    • Veterans;
    • Victims of domestic violence; and
    • Youth aging out of foster care.

Immediate - Short Term Relief Programs

Shelter Support

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Eligible Applicants:Community Action Agencies (CAAs) or entities designated by the Governor

Eligible Activities:Food; clothing; gift cards for food, gas, toiletries; medical items

Beneficiaries:Impacted households earning up to 125% Federal Poverty Level

Contact:Michael DeYoung - (512) 475-2125 michael.deyoung@tdhca.state.tx.us
Community Affairs - (512) 475-3951

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Temporary Housing

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is the funding source for TDHCA’s Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

Eligible Applicants:Existing administrators of TDHCA's LIHEAP-funded Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

Eligible Activities: Temporary housing assistance, such as hotel vouchers

BeneficiariesImpacted households earning up to 125% Federal Poverty Level whose supply of power to the dwelling is disrupted causing temporary evacuation

Contact:Michael DeYoung - (512) 475-2125 michael.deyoung@tdhca.state.tx.us
Community Affairs - (512) 475-3951

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Long Term Relief Programs

Rental Assistance

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
Offered through TDHCA's federally funded Texas HOME Program

Eligible Applicants:Units of local government, nonprofit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities

Eligible Activities: Rental subsidies for up to 24 months while the household engages in a self-sufficiency program; may include security and utility deposit

Beneficiaries: Renters earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Sandy Garcia (512) 475-1391 sandy.garcia@tdhca.state.tx.us
Jennifer Molinari (512) 475-2224 jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Program (512) 463-8921 home@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Disaster Relief page

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Home Rehabilitation, Reconstruction

HOMEowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) Program
Offered through TDHCA's federally funded Texas HOME Program

Eligible Applicants:Units of local government, nonprofit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities

Eligible Activities: Home rehabilitation (up to $40,000 per home), reconstruction (up to $85,000 per home), or replacement of a manufactured housing unit with a manufactured housing unit or a stick-built home (up to $65,000 per home)

Beneficiaries: Households earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Sandy Garcia (512) 475-1391 sandy.garcia@tdhca.state.tx.us
Jennifer Molinari (512) 475-2224 jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Program (512) 463-8921 home@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Disaster Relief page

Amy Young Barrier Removal (AYBR) Program
Offered through TDHCA's state funded Housing Trust Fund

Eligible Applicants:Units of local government, nonprofit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities

Eligible Activities: Accessibility modifications in rental and owner-occupied housing; helps eliminate hazardous conditions in owner-occupied homes.

Beneficiaries: Persons with disabilities earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Homero Cabello (512) 475-4118 homero.cabello@tdhca.state.tx.us
HTF Programs (800) 462-4251 htf@tdhca.state.tx.us

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Single Family Housing Development, Rehabilitation

CHDO Set-Aside: Single Family Development Program
Offered through TDHCA's federally funded Texas HOME Program

Eligible Applicants:Community Housing Development Organizations

Eligible Activities: Development or rehabilitation of affordable single family housing for homeownership

Beneficiaries: Households earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Sandy Garcia (512) 475-1391 sandy.garcia@tdhca.state.tx.us
Jennifer Molinari (512) 475-2224 jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Program (512) 463-8921 home@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Disaster Relief page

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Homebuyer Assistance

HOMEbuyer Assistance Program (HOME HBA)
Offered through TDHCA's federally funded Texas HOME Program

Eligible Applicants:Units of local government, nonprofit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities

Eligible Activities: Down payment and closing cost assistance of up to $20,000 per household for the purchase of a home.

Beneficiaries: Households earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Sandy Garcia (512) 475-1391 sandy.garcia@tdhca.state.tx.us
Jennifer Molinari (512) 475-2224 jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Program (512) 463-8921 home@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Disaster Relief page

Texas Bootstrap Loan Program
Offered through TDHCA's state funded Housing Trust Fund

Eligible Applicants:Certified organizations of "self-help" owner-builder housing programs, such as Colonia Self-Help Centers, eligible nonprofit organizations

Eligible Activities: Development of single family housing in which owner-builders provide at least 65% of the labor required to construct or rehabilitate their home ("sweat equity")

Beneficiaries: Households earning up to 60% AMFI

Contact:Homero Cabello (512) 475-4118 homero.cabello@tdhca.state.tx.us
Raul Gonzales (512) 475-1473 raul.gonzales@tdhca.state.tx.us
HTF Programs (800) 462-4251 htf@tdhca.state.tx.us

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Multifamily Housing Development, Rehabilitation

Housing Tax Credit (HTC) Program   

Eligible Applicants:Private for-profit and nonprofit developers

Eligible Activities: Tax credits used to offset the developer's federal tax liability in exchange for the development of affordable rental properties or the rehabilitation of existing properties to maintain affordable rents for an extended period of time

Beneficiaries: Tenants earning up to 60% AMFI

Contact:Cameron Dorsey (512) 475-2213 cameron.dorsey@tdhca.state.tx.us
Multifamily Division (512) 475-3340 or 800-525-0657

Note: The HTC program is composed of two components:

  • 9% HTC: A highly competitive, annual program to which disaster relief points may be applied in the application scoring process (applications accepted December - March). The 9% HTC program may typically provide approximately 70 percent of development costs.
  • 4% HTC: A non-competitive program (applications accepted year-round), which may typically provide approximately 30 percent of development costs, and is typically paired with the Department's Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) Program.

Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) Program

Eligible Applicants:Private for-profit and nonprofit developers

Eligible Activities: Low-interest loans to help finance the development of affordable rental properties or the rehabilitation of existing properties to maintain affordable rents for an extended period of time

Beneficiaries: Tenants earning up to 60% AMFI

Contact:Cameron Dorsey (512) 475-2213 cameron.dorsey@tdhca.state.tx.us
Multifamily Division (512) 475-3340 or 800-525-0657

Note: This is a non-competitive program, and applications accepted year-round.

Multifamily (Rental Housing) Development (MFD) Program
Offered through TDHCA's federally funded Texas HOME Program

Eligible Applicants:Units of local governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities; Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO)

Eligible Activities: Development or rehabilitation with or without acquisition of affordable multifamily rental housing

Beneficiaries: Tenants earning up to 80% AMFI

Contact:Sandy Garcia (512) 475-1391 sandy.garcia@tdhca.state.tx.us
Jennifer Molinari (512) 475-2224 jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Program (512) 463-8921 home@tdhca.state.tx.us
HOME Disaster Relief page

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Demolition

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

Eligible Applicants:Units of local government and nonprofit organizations

Eligible Activities: Demolition of condemned residential or commercial structures.

Beneficiaries: Census tracts with 51% or more of Low-, moderate- and middle-income (LMMI0 households

Contact:Marni Holloway (512) 475-3726 marni.holloway@tdhca.state.tx.us