Office of Colonia Initiatives
A legislative directive to establish Colonia SHCs in Cameron/Willacy, El Paso, Hidalgo, Starr, and Webb counties. Two additional centers have opened in Maverick and Val Verde County. Five colonias in each county receive on-site technical assistance to low and very low-income individuals and families in a variety of ways including housing, and community development activities, infrastructure improvements, and outreach and education. Operation of the Colonia SHC’s is carried out through a local nonprofit organization, local community action agency, or local housing authority that has demonstrated the ability to carry out the functions of a SHC.
Program is designed to promote and enhance homeownership for very low income Texans by providing loan funds to purchase or refinance real property on which to improve existing or construct new residential housing. Eligible Applicants are Colonia Self-Help Centers and State-certified nonprofit organizations. Program requires the borrower provide at least 65 percent of the labor necessary to build or rehabilitate the proposed housing or provide an amount of labor equivalent to the required amount by working through a State-certified owner-builder housing program.
The toll free 800 hot-line 1-800-462-4251 is available to colonia residents to voice concerns or request information. This number is also used when colonia residents have trouble making monthly mortgage payments.
For Colonia Self-Help Center information, please contact Albert Alvidrez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Texas Bootstrap Loan Program information, please contact Raul Gonzales at email@example.com.
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