Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

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TDHCA
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Austin, Tx 78711

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Austin, Tx 78701

TDHCA Press Room

TDHCA’s homeless programs assist more than 58,000 in 2021

Marks December 21 as Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day in Texas

More than 27,000 persons experiencing homelessness were counted in Texas on one day during the last two weeks of January 2020, including more than 1,400 unaccompanied homeless youth, as measured by the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report released in March by HUD. With effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still being felt by Texans around the state, funding to combat homelessness through TDHCA’s homeless programs has become all the more critical.

In 2021, the Department assisted more than 58,000 persons through the state-funded Homeless Housing and Services Program, federally funded programs such as Emergency Solutions Grants and the CARES Act, Housing Stability Services through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the donation-based Ending Homelessness Fund. In total, TDHCA awarded more than $148 million to nonprofits, local and community organizations and units of government to provide the services necessary to help Texans that are at-risk of homelessness or homeless individuals quickly regain stability in permanent housing.

In 2022, The Department will release the HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) with approximately $132 million allocated to the development of affordable rental housing, supportive housing, the development of non-congregate shelters, and other services to help qualifying households that are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of being homeless. Once the HOME-ARP plan is approved by HUD, Notices of Funding Availability will be released for eligible organizations to compete for funds.

TDHCA applauds all the volunteers across the state helping to alleviate homelessness and is committed to continually work to address the systemic causes of housing instability.

As a part of the national recognition that each year loved ones have died while homeless, TDHCA asks everyone to join us marking December 21, 2021, as Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day in Texas.

 

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