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

TDHCA Responding to Hurricane Katrina

TDHCA staff is part of the response effort by the state of Texas to assist evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Nearly a dozen employees traveled to Houston with Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday, September 2, to assess the situation and begin placing individuals and families in rental properties funded by TDHCA. Anyone currently in Texas as an evacuee may now search the TDHCA website for vacancies in TDHCA properties statewide.

Earlier, the Internal Revenue Service approved a request from Governor Perry for a waiver on rules administering the Housing Tax Credit Program. These rule waivers, which the IRS granted, is making it possible for the Department to place evacuees in tax credit properties, regardless of their income.

These and other TDHCA employees will be fanning out to Dallas, San Antonio, and other cities as necessary to assist state and local agencies processing evacuees and helping to place them in safe, decent private housing units financed by the state.