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

HOME Division

Overview

What is HOME?

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME Program) is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Authorized under the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, the purpose of the program is to expand the supply of decent, safe, affordable housing and strengthen public-private housing partnerships between Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, nonprofits, and for profit entities.

The TDHCA HOME Division is responsible for administering the HOME Program on behalf of the State of Texas. Entities approved to administer the HOME Program from TDHCA may use funds for eligible activities such as Homeowner Rehabilitation, Homebuyer Assistance, Contract for Deed Conversion, Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Single Family Development, and Multifamily Development. TDHCA has set aside funding for Disaster Relief and Persons with Disabilities, among other set-asides.

Who can HOME help?

The TDHCA HOME Division contracts with Units of General Local Government, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofit and for profit entities that provide affordable housing to low-income families in their local communities. By state law, 95% of HOME funds must be distributed to communities, typically rural, that do not receive HOME funds from HUD (please download the PDF list of communities that are generally ineligible for TDHCA HOME funding (PDF). Additionally, 5% of HOME funds must serve persons with disabilities and is available statewide.

The HOME Division does not directly work with individuals looking for rental assistance or homeownership opportunities. Individuals seeking information about affordable options should visit the Help for Texans page of the TDHCA Web site. Homebuyers interested in the Texas HOMEbuyer Assistance Program or other TDHCA down payment assistance programs should contact their local home mortgage lenders to discuss eligibility and how to apply.

The HOME Division administers multiple programs and initiatives. Funding is limited to specific types of entities. Choose a category below for a list of applicable programs and initiatives:

Programs

Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA)

The Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) program funds Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofits wishing to provide the following services under the Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance initiative: (1) Rehabilitation or reconstruction of owner-occupied housing on the same site, (2) New Construction of site-built housing on the same site to replace an existing owner-occupied Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU), (3) Replacement and relocation of existing housing located in a floodplain to a new MHU or New Construction of housing on an alternative site, (4) New Construction or a new MHU to replace a housing unit that has become uninhabitable as a result of disaster or condemnation by local government, and (5) If allowable under the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), refinance of existing mortgages meeting federal requirements. More »

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Homebuyer Assistance (HBA)

The Homebuyer Assistance (HBA) program funds Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofits wishing to provide: (1) Down payment and closing cost assistance for homebuyers; and (2) Rehabilitation for accessibility modifications of single family housing units as needed. More »

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Contract for Deed Conversions (CFDC)

The Contract for Deed Conversion (CFDC) initiative funds Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofits wishing to assist colonia residents with converting contracts for deed into warranty deeds to attain ownership and property rights. Contract for Deed Conversions may occur with one of the following additional activities: (1) Reconstruction or New Construction of site-built housing; (2) Replacement of an existing Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU) with a new MHU; and (3) Rehabilitation of colonia housing. More »

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Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

The Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program funds Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofits wishing to provide the following services to individuals in their local communities: (1) Security and Utility Deposits; and (2) Rental Subsidies for up to 24 months while the household engages in a self-sufficiency program. If available, additional funds may be set-aside to provide assistance beyond 24 months for individuals meeting additional program requirements. More »

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Single Family Development

HOME provides funding to nonprofits certified as a Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) for the new construction or rehabilitation of affordable single family homes. More »

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HOME Multifamily (Rental Housing) Development Program

HOME provides funding to Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, nonprofits, and for profit entities for the new construction or rehabilitation of affordable multifamily rental developments. More »

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Other Assistance

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

Additional funds are set-aside for Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, nonprofits, and for profit entities that assist households that include a person with a disability. The funds set-aside for Persons with Disabilities can be used for the TBRA, HBA, and HRA activities and may be utilized throughout the state, including within Participating Jurisdictions.

Units of general local government, public housing authorities, and nonprofits may access the Persons with Disabilities set-aside by submitting an application which requests access to the set-aside on the application. Administrators with an existing Reservation System Agreement may request an amendment to their agreement to access the Persons with Disabilities set-aside.

For more information see the TBRA, HBA, and HRA information on this page. Please also visit the Housing Trust Fund Program page for more resources.

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Disaster Relief

Additional funds are set-aside to be accessed in the event of a disaster and are made available to Units of General Local Governments, Public Housing Authorities, and nonprofits to assist persons needing homebuyer assistance for relocation, rehabilitation, reconstruction assistance, or temporary rental assistance. For a list of entities that currently have an agreement to assist persons in the event of a disaster, visit the HOME Disaster Relief page. The TDHCA Disaster Relief Resources page also has additional information on available resources..

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