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

TDHCA to Hold Public Hearing on 2004 Section 8 Plan

TDHCA will hold a January 20 public hearing in Austin to accept comment on the 2004 Annual Plan, which relates to the operations of the Section 8 Program. The Section 8 Program provides rental assistance to low income families, elderly persons, and persons with disabilities.

The hearing will begin at 1:30 on January 20, 2004, in the fourth floor board room of the Department's main offices, which are located at 507 Sabine. The plan and all supporting documentation are available to the public for viewing between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The Section 8 Program is located on the sixth floor of the TDHCA building. The plan is also online.

The Section 8 Program provides financial assistance to eligible families whose annual gross income does not exceed 50 percent of median income guidelines established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through rental assistance, families are able to live in safe, decent and sanitary housing they would not otherwise be able to afford. Section 8 is designed specifically for needy families in small cities and rural communities not served by similar local or regional programs.

Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Cecelia Arvallo, Project Manager of Section 8 Program, at cecelia.arvallo@tdhca.state.tx.us; via phone at (512) 475-3892; or by mail at PO Box 13941, Austin, Texas, 78711. Comments or questions must be received by 5 pm on Friday, February 6, 2004.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this hearing should contact Gina Esteves at (512) 475-3943 or Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 at least two days before the scheduled hearing. Individuals who require a language interpreter for this hearing should contact Ms. Hurd at least three days prior to the hearing date.