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

HOME Division Announcements

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is soliciting input on upcoming activities under the HOME Single Family Program.

I. PROPOSED APRIL FUND RELEASE
The Department is proposing to release approximately $5,100,000 for HOME Single Family activities through the Reservation System in April 2015. This includes funds that were recaptured from close-outs and cancelled activities that occurred after the release of the 2014 HOME annual allocation for Single Family activities. Releasing these funds WILL NOT REDUCE the amount of funding to be awarded from the 2015 HOME annual allocation.

The Department originally scheduled the fund release to occur on April 22nd. However, the Department recognizes that some Administrators may not have entered households into the Housing Contract system prior to the release of the Environmental Review Module (“ERM”) as recommended. To ensure sufficient time for Administrators to enter households, and Department staff to process corresponding environmental reviews in the ERM, the Department is now scheduling the release to occur April 29th. The release will provide for $750,000 under the Persons with Disabilities Set-Aside and $4,350,000 under the General Set-Aside. To address concerns of the reservation system possibly being "crashed" by too many simultaneous submissions on April 29, 2015, different activity types will be released in staggered timeframes.

Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Set-Aside

9:00 AM CDT

$250,000

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

 

 

9:30 AM CDT

$250,000

Homebuyer Assistance (HBA)

 

 

10:00 AM CDT

$250,000

Homeowner Rehabilitation (HRA)

 

 

 

General Set-Aside

 

11:00 AM CDT

$1,450,000

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

 

 

11:30 AM CDT

$1.450,000

Homebuyer Assistance (HBA)

 

 

12:00 PM CDT

$1,450,000

Homeowner Rehabilitation (HRA)

 

 

 

Funds not requested for specific activities will collapse and be made available regardless of activity type on May 12, 2015. As discussed during webinars related to the ERM, staff strongly recommends that Administrators enter households into the system in a pending status and upload environmental review records as soon possible. For more information on ERM, please contact Environmental staff at environmental@tdhca.state.tx.us.

II. 2015 HOME RULES
On April 6, 2015, staff released a draft Rule that reflects the revisions that will be proposed to 10 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 23, Single Family HOME Program. That same day, an online discussion forum was opened to begin to solicit feedback on the proposed Rule revisions. This is a new step that the Department is taking that provides an additional early opportunity for staff to get a sense of what possible changes are of greatest interest. To access the online discussion forum, please visit https://tdhca.websitetoolbox.com/, and click on the forum topic "Staff Draft – HOME Program Rule." The discussion forum will close on April 30, 2015. We welcome and value your input and participation. After considering feedback on the staff draft of the HOME Rule, a draft Rule will be presented to the Board to be released for public comment at the Board meeting of May 7, 2015. A final adoption of the HOME Rule, with public comment taken into consideration, is anticipated to be presented to the Board in July 2015.

III. NEW ALLOCATION METHOD
In response to valuable feedback received during hearings and roundtables, the 2015 HOME annual allocation will be released using a new methodology. That methodology will involve a return, in part, to using a contract system as opposed to the exclusive use of a reservation system. A preliminary concept of the method was discussed at roundtables on February 17, 2015, and February 25, 2015. In the April Board Book staff will be providing the Board with a report that lays out for the Board the intended framework of the new allocation methodology that will be used in the 2015 Single Family HOME NOFA.

IV. ROUNDTABLE
The Department has conducted several roundtables as part of our commitment to receive input into all the planned activities. Roundtables were held on the proposed award process February 17, 2015, and February 25, 2015, with another roundtable on April 13, 2015, that was focused on proposed changes to the HOME rule, as well as other program updates including finalized plans to release $5,100,000 of funding. Another roundtable will be held in May, 2015, focused on scoring factors and competition process of the 2015 HOME.

We value and appreciate your input into our HOME Single Family activities. If you have questions, please contact Abigail Versyp at abigail.versyp@tdhca.state.tx.us or 512.475.0908.