Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
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March 7, 2012
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State housing agency awards $542,000 to repair, replace substandard housing in Agua Dulce

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and State Representative Connie Scott today announced a $542,000 award to the City of Agua Dulce 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 Agua Dulce anticipate the funds will help repair or replace 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 Scott who joined the Department in announcing the award. “The state’s home repair program is critical to communities such as Agua Dulce and I encourage TDHCA to continue its commitment to maintaining homeownership in some of the more rural areas of our state.”

“Rebuilding 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 at the local level.”  

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 a family for four in Agua Dulce equals an annual income of $43,350.

However, it may be another six to eight weeks before local housing officials are prepared to accept applications for assistance; area homeowners should await further information before contacting the city.

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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