FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2010
Contact: Gordon Anderson 512-475-4743
Jill McFarren 512-475-2844
State housing agency, Austin area nonprofit helping secure housing for persons with disabilities
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a funding award to an Austin-based nonprofit organization helping eligible persons with disabilities residing in Travis County secure affordable rental housing while working toward personal and financial independence.
TDHCA awarded $300,000 in rental assistance funds to Community Partnerships for the Homeless, doing business as Green Doors, to help an estimated 30 qualifying individuals with their monthly rent payments.
“Finding a safe, affordable place to call home is a monthly challenge for many Texans,” said TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber. “Unfortunately, the challenge is even greater for persons with disabilities, and the award we are announcing today will help some of the state’s most vulnerable residents achieve this basic goal. We are not only making an immediate impact on the lives of these individuals, today’s award has the potential to create the long-term benefits of self-reliance.”
Green Doors will use the award to help subsidize rents and make security and utility deposits for eligible low income households, ensuring they can find decent, affordable rental housing. The assistance is available for up to 24 months. In return, tenants must participate in a self-sufficiency program with the goal of achieving eventual financial independence.
This award was made through TDHCA’s HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HOME funds are designed to assist households at or below 80 percent of the area median family income. For Travis County, this equals an annual income of $59,050 for a family of four.
Under HOME Program rules, eligible applicants include qualifying units of local government, public housing authorities, Community Housing Development Organizations and other nonprofit groups, and qualifying for-profit organizations.
For more information on this award, please contact Green Doors at (512) 469.9130.
About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers a number of state and federal programs through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to strengthen communities through affordable housing development, home ownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.
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