July 16, 2015
Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743
Public Inquiries: TDHCA Housing Resource Center: (512) 475-3976
- State funds to assist five Maverick Co colonias
- Self-Help Center expected to assist 4,900 people
- Program improves homes, provides consumer education
State housing agency’s $1 million contract to improve living standards in five Maverick County colonias
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) today announced that it has awarded a $1 million contract to the City of Eagle Pass to continue funding operations of the Maverick County Colonia Self-Help Center, a state-funded resource promoting homeownership and self-sufficiency for residents in five local colonias.
The contract will provide a wide range of technical and consumer assistance to an estimated 4,923 residents living in the following colonias: Las Quintas, Loma Bonita, Cedar Ridge #1, Morales #2 East, and Morales #2a.
The Maverick County Colonia Self-Help Center, one of seven along the Texas-Mexico border, supports the efforts of local colonia residents to improve their own living standards while making the most of limited housing funds.
“The Department’s Self-Help Centers provide residents the skills and tools to improve their homes and communities through collaborative effort,” said TDHCA Executive Director Tim Irvine in announcing the contract. “Our state has a long history of working to better ourselves while offering a hand up to our neighbors in need. Together with the City of Eagle Pass, we look forward to continuing that tradition.”
City officials anticipate the funding will help reconstruct four homes through self-help activities, operate the center’s tool library and computer lab, provide 24 training classes on construction skills, flood and drainage projects, and provide solid waste clean-up in the targeted colonias.
The Colonia Self-Help Center Program is funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program ("CDBG") through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Texas Department of Agriculture, which receives the state’s CDBG allocation from the federal government, and TDHCA.
For more information regarding the center, please contact City Manager Gloria Barrientos at (830) 773-1111.
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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