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

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program


The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has partnered with the state’s Medicaid agency, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on an application for the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration Program. HHSC oversees four other agencies, Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS); all of whom are partners in this program. The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is taking the lead for all of the Health and Human Service Agencies for this program.

The State of Texas was one of six states selected for the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Systems (CMS) Real Choice Systems Change Grant received in 2011. DADS and TDHCA partnered on the application for these funds. The State of Texas’s application was selected, in part, because of its demonstrated on-going commitment to infrastructure change, innovation, and building sustainable partnerships to benefit low income persons with disabilities. As part of the CMS Real Choice Grant, the State created the 811 Team composed of TDHCA, HHSC, DADS, DFPS, DSHS consumers of services, advocates, and housing providers/developers. The 811 Team held multiple meetings devoted to the identification of the populations to be served through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program.

On February 19, 2013, TDHCA received a notice of funding award letter from HUD in the amount of $12,000,000 under the Fiscal Year 2012 funding round.

Award Letter from HUD (PDF)

Target Populations

Following extensive analysis and public input, including roundtables held in five cities, the 811 Team chose three target populations for the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program.

  1. People with disabilities living in institutions. People that wish to transition to the community from nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities may not have access to affordable housing in their community.
  2. People with serious mental illness. These individuals are engaged in services but face challenges due to housing instability. Stable, integrated, affordable housing would enable these individuals to fully engage in rehabilitation and treatment, greatly improving their prospects for realizing their full potential in the community. 
  3. Youth with disabilities exiting foster care. Youth exiting foster care often become homeless, particularly without the stability of long-term housing and comprehensive support services.

Pilot Areas

Due to the large size of the State of Texas and the primary locations of concentrations of these populations, TDHCA will focus the agency’s resources on seven pilot areas. Specifically, the project will be piloted in seven distinct areas, all of which are Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and are geographically dispersed statewide:

  1. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
  2. Brownsville-Harlingen
  3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
  4. El Paso
  5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
  6. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
  7. San Antonio-New Braunfels

These MSAs were chosen because they are representative of the state’s geographic, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity. Within the seven MSAs, TDHCA will be able to develop an efficient Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program to efficiently and effectively match qualified tenants with quality units. The State of Texas has identified approximately 6,500 people from the target populations in the seven identified pilot projects areas. The anticipated 385 Section 811 PRA vouchers will fill six percent of the need in the state’s seven pilot project areas.

To learn more about the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program, visit HUD’s Section 811 website.

TDHCA Application Files (PDF format)

TDHCA contact:
Kate Moore
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, TX 78711-3941
(512) 936-7804
Or, email kate.moore@tdhca.state.tx.us.

Learn more about other activities related to the CMS Real Choice Systems Grant.