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

Office of Colonia Initiatives/Housing Trust Fund Staff

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Staff Title Phone
Raul Gonzales Director
Office of Colonia Initiatives/Housing Trust Fund/Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Glynis L. Vitanza Program Manager
Office of Colonia Initiatives/Housing Trust Fund
Diana K. Velez Project Manager
Single Family Construction
Lisa Johnson
Direct Lending Officer
Office of Colonia Initiatives/Housing Trust Fund
Charles "TC" Day
Program Specialist
Office of Colonia Initiatives/Housing Trust Fund

Border Field Offices

The Office of Colonia Initiatives (OCI) Division manages three border field offices in El Paso, Laredo, and Pharr which act as liaisons between the state and local organizations. These border field offices administer various OCI programs and services at the local level and provide technical assistance to colonia residents, nonprofits, for-profits, units of general local government, and other community organizations along the Texas-Mexico border.

The border field offices are partially supported through General Revenue, bond funds, HOME and Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) funds.

Border Field Office Address Phone
El Paso
Albert Alvidrez
Border Field Officer
401 East Franklin, Suite 550-C
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-834-4925
Fax: 915-383-4926
Juan Palacios
Border Field Officer
8116 FM 359
Laredo, TX 78043
Austin: 512-475-2261
Laredo: 956-523-4756
Yesenia Ayala Perez
Border Field Officer
1503 West Polk Avenue, Suite 65
Pharr, TX 78577
Phone: 956-783-0693