Housing and Community Development Department

Housing Department LogoThe City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) provides the leadership and financing to make affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization happen in Houston. Currently, the Department administers over $100 million annually in various federal, state and local programs. From investing in neighborhood parks, multifamily communities and economic development, to providing first-time homebuyer assistance and funds to serve the homeless, elderly and disabled -- HCDD works to improve the quality of life for Houston’s neighborhoods and families.

Neal RackleffAbout the Director
Neal Rackleff has over 20 years of successful affordable housing, community and economic development experience. As Director of the City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department, Rackleff oversees the City's community development activities, including the strategic investment of funds for quality affordable housing, neighborhood facilities, social services and general neighborhood revitalization activities.

Prior to joining the City’s Housing and Community Development Department, Rackleff practiced law at the firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP, specializing in community and economic development, affordable housing, and municipal and public law. Rackleff represented nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit entities in financing and revitalization activities. Read More...

HCDD Building Homes for Houstonians
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, causing extensive damage in some parts of Houston. Despite numerous obstacles, the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) has worked diligently to repair and restore damaged homes. Using Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HCDD has already provided the following assistance to Houstonians:

Disaster Recovery Round 1 - Completed

   283      Persons Received Downpayment Assistance to Buy New Home

2,448      Multifamily Units Renovated

   219      Single-Family Homes Completed

2,950      Houston Family Impacted by Hurricane Ike Have Been Assisted 

We are currently deploying Round 2 of Disaster Recovery funds from HUD. Round 2 includes the construction or renovation of 1,088 multifamily housing units and 275 single-family homes. Follow our progress on the single-family homes with the graphs below.

Round 2 Status Update

* While the amount of Disaster Recovery Round 2 funds will be enough for approximately 275 homes, HCDD anticipates using other funding sources to address at least 330 homes.

Latest News and Announcements

2016 Annual Action Plan
Please complete this year’s Community Needs Survey online.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
To view the 2015 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice click here.

Projects in Your District
Click on the map below to see where we have collaborated on projects with state and federal government agencies, local city departments, nonprofits and private industry in your district.

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