February 16, 2012
Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743
State housing agency awards $542,000 to repair, replace substandard housing in Ingleside
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and State Representative Todd Hunter today announced a $542,000 award to the City of Ingleside that will help fund home repairs for low income homeowners, helping residents maintain homeownership while providing a significant boost to the local economy.
Officials with Ingleside anticipate the funds will help rehabilitate six homes owned and lived in by income eligible households.
“This is wonderful news for some of my constituents whose home is now in need of major repairs,” said Representative Hunter who joined the Department in announcing the award. “The state’s home repair program is critical to communities such as Ingleside and I encourage TDHCA to continue its commitment to maintaining homeownership in the rural areas of our state.”
“Repairing older homes not only helps maintain homeownership for low income families, it also helps maintain the vitality of smaller Texas communities,” noted Tim Irvine, TDHCA Executive Director. “Home repair assistance also benefits the regional economy through an influx of construction payroll salaries and increased taxes and fees that help fund essential public services.”
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. If a home has deteriorated to the point it no longer is cost effective to repair, it may be demolished and replaced with either a traditional “site built” home or a manufactured home.
Qualifying applicants include rural cities and counties, public housing authorities, Community Housing Development Organizations and other nonprofit housing groups, and certain for-profit organizations which then work with eligible 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 Ingleside equals an annual income of $42,800 for a family for four. For more information about this award, please contact the city directly at (361) 776-2517.
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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