FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2011
Contact: Gordon Anderson 512-475-4743
Jill McFarren 512-475-2844
State housing agency awards $1 million to
Maverick County to improve colonia housing
(AUSTIN) — Recognizing that improving housing conditions in the state’s colonias can lead to improved health and economic standards for colonia residents, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced that it has awarded Maverick County a $1 million contract to operate its Colonia Self-Help Center.
The Maverick County Self-Help Center (SHC) will serve an estimated 4,432 residents living in the Loma Bonita I, II & III, Las Quintas, and Las Brisas colonias. The contract is the county’s fourth for the center’s operations and provides a wide range of housing related services designed to help qualifying households improve their own circumstances.
“By partnering with the county, the Department’s Self-Help Center provides colonia residents the tools and expertise to improve their homes and communities through sweat equity and collaborative effort,” noted TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber. “Our centers tap into the state’s great tradition of Texans helping themselves and one another, offering the promise of a better way of life for many of our most vulnerable neighborhoods. We are very proud of this initiative and look forward to continuing the strong relationship which we enjoy with Maverick County.”
The contract will assist the Self-Help Center in providing 15 construction skills training classes, the delivery of solid waste services, small self-help home repairs for 28 households, and the rehabilitation of another 24 homes. The center also operates a tool lending library, access to new technology resources, and a host of other benefits to colonia residents.
The Colonia SHC Program helps provide technical assistance to eligible colonia residents in the areas of housing rehabilitation, new home construction, construction skills training, and many other housing related topics. Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Community Development Block Grant Program allocation to the State of Texas.
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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