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

TDHCA Awards $469,242 through HOME Program Olmstead Set Aside

TDHCA's Governing Board recently approved four awards totaling $469,242 to three applicants through the 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program's Olmstead Set Aside fund.

The Department's Olmstead set aside addresses the housing needs of persons with disabilities residing in nursing homes or other institutional settings but who desire to transition back into the community. The three organizations receiving an award will use the funds to help eligible tenants pay rent, including security and utility deposits, as well as utility allowances for the rental of dwelling units. The following organizations received a HOME Program award under the program's Olmstead set aside:

Organization Cities Served Funds Awarded Persons
Assisted (Est.)
Valley Assoc. for Independent Living McAllen, Edinburg, Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito
Lubbock Regional MHMR Lubbock, Crosbyton, Levelland, Tahoka, Morton
Affordable Caring Housing Huntsville
Affordable Caring Housing Bryan, College Station

The HOME Program's Olmstead set aside was created in response to the Supreme Court’s Olmstead v. L.C. decision and is part of TDHCA’s larger effort to assist persons with disabilities access decent, affordable housing outside an institutional environment. Governor Rick Perry released an Executive Order on Community Based Alternatives for People with Disabilities, required TDHCA to work with Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to assure accessible, affordable, and integrated housing for people with disabilities.

Another TDHCA program, the Project Access Housing Choice Voucher Program, continues to help persons with disabilities make the transition from nursing or other institutional facilities into a home of their own. TDHCA, HHSC, and the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) implemented this voucher program in 2002, and to date DHS has referred to TDHCA approximately 85 persons hoping to make the transition from a nursing home into the community.

For more information on Project Access or to check on the availability of State Project Access vouchers contact Jorge Reyes, Information Specialist with TDHCA’s Center for Housing Research, Planning, and Communications at jorge.reyes@tdhca.state.tx.us or call (512) 475-4577.