Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
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August 5, 2010
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Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743

State housing agency awards $400,000 to repair, replace substandard housing in Willacy County

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a $400,000 award to Willacy County to fund home repairs for low income homeowners, helping residents maintain homeownership while providing a shot in the arm to the local economy.

Willacy County officials anticipate the funds will help rehabilitate six homes owned and lived in by income eligible households.

“TDHCA believes that repairing substandard housing, particularly in rural portions of Texas, is a major part of the Department’s mission,” said TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber. “In addition to helping maintain homeownership and the vitality of local neighborhoods, repairing the state’s deteriorating housing stock also benefits the regional economy through an influx of construction payroll salaries and increased taxes and fees that helps fund essential public services. We are proud to contribute to an improved quality of life for the residents of Willacy County.”

TDHCA awards home repair funds to qualifying applicants through the Department’s HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, which helps repair or replace homes owned and lived in by low income homeowners.

Assistance may include roof repair or replacement, as well as repairs to the electrical and plumbing systems. If a home has deteriorated to the point it no longer is cost effective to repair, it may be demolished and replaced either by a traditional “site built” home or a manufactured home.

Qualifying applicants include eligible cities and counties, public housing authorities, Community Housing Development Organizations and other nonprofit housing groups, and certain for-profit organizations which then work with qualifying households at the local level.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is the funding source for the HOME Program. The program serves households earning no more than 80 percent of the area median family income, which for Willacy County equals an annual income of $37,200 for a family for four. 

For more information regarding this award, please contact the county at (956) 689-3393.

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, homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.

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