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

Sunset Advisory Commission Votes to Continue TDHCA

The Sunset Advisory Commission yesterday (1/10/01) recommended that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) be continued for another two years at which time it will undergo another review by the Commission and TDHCA's staff.

The 10-member Commission also recommended several changes affecting the structure of its governing board, Manufactured Housing Division, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

The Commission voted to restructure the Department's governing board as a seven-member board (rather than nine) composed of public members appointed by the Governor. It also recommended that the new board appoint a series of advisory committees, as well as have access to proper working space and support staff assistance, as needed. The Department is also required to develop a process by which board decisions may be appealed. Furthermore, the Commission recommended changes to the board's statutory authority to ensure its ability to oversee non-housing related activity.

Two additional motions passed by the Commission affect two divisions within TDHCA. The Commission recommended a separate policy board be established for the Department's Manufactured Housing Division, but voted to keep the division's administrative functions within TDHCA. However, the Commission on a split vote recommended that the CDBG Program be relocated away from the Department into a new Office of Rural Community Affairs.

Wednesday's recommendations by the Commission will be rolled into the "Sunset Bill" on TDHCA to be voted upon by the legislature. The Department has seen the Sunset Review process as a way to reenergize its service delivery. Improved practices have been established or are currently being put in place, and following Sunset and legislative recommendations, the Department is proposing new initiatives to address deeper pockets of need in Texas.