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
First, the Department is proposing to release approximately $3,000,000 for HOME Single Family activities in April 2015. These are 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. Prior to the actual release of these funds, expected to be April 22, 2015, the Department is interested in garnering input on the proposed release. Any input is time sensitive as we are eager to make these de-obligated funds available promptly. If you would like to make comment, please provide that input by email to jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us no later than April 2, 2015.

In the interest of making these funds available to households quickly, these de-obligated funds will not be released using a contract method; however, we want to affirm that we fully intend for the 2015 HOME annual allocation to use a new methodology incorporating awards and contracts as we have previously stated. To address concerns of the reservation system possibly being "crashed" by too many simultaneous submissions on April 22, 2015, we are proposing that different activity types will be released in staggered timeframes. That proposal, reflected below, provides for $450,000 under the Persons with Disabilities Set-Aside and $2,550,000 under the General Set-Aside.

Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Set-Aside

9:00 AM DST

$150,000

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

 

 

9:30 AM DST

$150,000

Homebuyer Assistance (HBA)

 

 

10:00 AM DST

$150,000

Homeowner Rehabilitation (HRA)

 

 

 

General Set-Aside

 

11:00 AM DST

$850,000

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

 

 

11:30 AM DST

$850,000

Homebuyer Assistance (HBA)

 

 

12:00 PM DST

$850,000

Homeowner Rehabilitation (HRA)

 

 

 

Funds not requested for specific activities will collapse and be made available regardless of activity type on May 5, 2015. PLEASE NOTE that the Department is planning to roll out the new Environmental Review Module ("ERM") on April 2, 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 previous site-specific environmental clearance PRIOR TO ERM roll out. For more information on ERM, please contact Environmental staff at environmental@tdhca.state.tx.us.

Reminder: In order to be considered, any feedback to the Department on this proposal must be submitted to jennifer.molinari@tdhca.state.tx.us no later than April 2, 2015.

II. 2015 HOME RULES
On April 2, 2015, staff will release 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 will be 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/ on April 2, 2015, and click on the forum topic "Single Family Single Family HOME Program Rule." The discussion forum will close on April 17, 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
A roundtable will be hosted on Monday, April 13, 2015. The purpose of the roundtable will be to:

  1. update stakeholders on finalized plans to release $3,000,000 of deobligated funding;
  2. solicit input on a staff draft of revisions to 10 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 23, Single Family HOME Program; and
  3. update stakeholders on the timeline of activities related to the 2015 HOME annual allocation for Single Family activities.

We do not anticipate this roundtable addressing the final allocation method for the 2015 HOME funds, but will host a separate subsequent roundtable specifically to address that method with the most significant coverage on competitive scoring criteria.

Date:                     Monday, April 13, 2015
Time:                     01:30 PM CDT - 03:00 PM CDT
Location:                William P. Hobby, Jr. Building
                             Tower III, Room 102
                             333 Guadalupe Street
                             Austin, TX 78701

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-program-roundtable-austin-texas-registration-16402560500


The online discussion forum and roundtable will give us an opportunity to solicit and incorporate meaningful feedback prior to taking the Rules to the Governing Board to request release for official public comment. Details on the location and the roundtable agenda will be provided in the near future.

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.