Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
June 30, 2011
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Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743

State, local nonprofit aim to bring long-term stability to lives of low income young adults

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced a $123,409 award to a Houston-based nonprofit organization working to bring long-term stability to the lives of low income or at-risk young adults.

The DePelchin Children’s Center will use the award to provide a wide array of supportive services to six former foster youths living in unstable, temporary, or unsuitable housing.  Services will include housing; linkages to school, job training, employment and support services; social and financial management skills; and healthy food choice and consumer skills.

“Helping bring greater stability to the lives of low income Texans is a critical part of TDHCA’s mission, as this is the first step toward fostering self-sufficiency,” noted Timothy Irvine, TDHCA Acting Executive Director. “This award will help young adults overcome the many barriers they face as they acquire the necessary education and skills to secure a sustainable future and break the cycle of poverty. We are creating a brighter future, not just for these individuals but also for the entire community in which they live.”

The award was part of a $500,000 discretionary award for innovative and demonstration projects under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program and represented a portion of the state’s $32.5 million annual allocation from the federal government.

In addition to DePelchin Children’s Center, other entities receiving an award were the Bexar County Commissioners Court, Seton Homes and Project QUEST, all of San Antonio; and the Abilene-based West Central Texas Council of Governments.

The CSBG Program assists households earning no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently set at $27,937 for a family of four. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and supports a variety of direct services in addition to helping maintain the core administrative elements of local partner organizations.

Unlike most of the Department’s funding programs, CSBG Program awards are not made through a competitive allocation process. Eligible entities are designated by the Governor to provide a broad range of services designed to eliminate poverty and foster self-sufficiency within a specific service region, and each agency receives a direct allocation from TDHCA based on a distribution formula.

However, the $500,000 in discretionary awards were made through a competitive process open to all CSBG eligible entities in Texas, as well as other private nonprofit organizations, units of local government, and regional councils of governments.

For more information about this award, please contact the DePelchin Children’s Center directly at (713) 730-2335.

About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page. 

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