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

State housing agency, regional 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 Alice-based regional nonprofit organization helping eligible persons with disabilities residing in a 10-county area of South Texas secure affordable rental housing while working toward personal and financial independence.

TDHCA awarded $300,000 in rental assistance funds to the Community Action Corporation (CAC) of South Texas to help an estimated 20 qualifying individuals living in Jim Wells, San Patricio, Aransas, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Kleberg, Webb, and Zapata counties with their monthly rent payments.

“Finding a safe, affordable place to call home is a monthly challenge for many Texans,” said TDHCA Acting Executive Director Timothy Irvine. “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.”

CAC of South Texas 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.

Under HOME Program rules, eligible applicants include qualifying units of local government, public housing authorities, Community Housing Development Organizations and other eligible nonprofit groups, and qualifying for-profit organizations.

For more information on this award, please contact CAC of South Texas directly at (361) 664-0145.

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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