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 homes 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.

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Long-Term Recovery from Harvey Community Meetings

With more than $1 billion in housing recovery allocated to Houston, the City is seeking community input on priorities for long-term recovery efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. HCDD is partnering with community groups on a series of upcoming meetings. These events will be a chance for residents to receive information about short-term recovery programs, learn about the process for long-term recovery, and give input about what types of housing recovery activities they want to see in their communities. See the following list for a schedule of meetings. Check back often for updates.

Long-Term Recovery Community Meetings

Date Partner Location Address Time
05/19/18 Texas Organizing Project Harris County AFL-CIO 2506 Sutherland Street 3-5 p.m.
05/23/18 Texas Organizing Project Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center 6402 Market Street 6-8 p.m.
05/26/18 FIEL Houston FIEL Houston 6610 Harwin Drive 10 a.m.-Noon
05/29/18 Texas Organizing Project Acres Homes Multi-Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery Rd. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
06/02/18 Texas Organizing Project Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church 7701 Jutland Rd. 2:30-4:30 p.m.
06/02/08 Texas Organizing Project Northeast Multi-Service Center 9720 Spaulding Street Noon-2 p.m.
06/06/18 AARP Texas AARP Teletownhall (English)   7-8 p.m.
06/07/18 AARP Texas AARP Teletownhall (Español)   7-8 p.m.
06/07/18 Texas Organizing Project and Univision Southwest Multi-Service Center 6400 High Star Drive 6-8 p.m.
06/11/18 Super Neighborhood Alliance City Hall Annex 900 Bagby Street 6:30-8:30 p.m.
06/13/18 Council Member Laster - District J TBD   6-8 p.m.
06/14/18 Council Member Travis - District G TBD   6-8 p.m.
06/19/18 Council Member Martin - District E TBD   6:30-8:30 p.m.
06/20/08 Council Member Castex-Tatum - District K TBD   6-8 p.m.
06/21/18 East Houston Civic Club East Houston Civic Club Meeting 7418 East Houston Rd. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Can't make any of the meetings? You can fill out an online survey about your disaster recovery experience, needs and priorities at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/HoustonHarveyRecovery.

HCDD Hurricane Harvey Response

As Houstonians work to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flood waters, HCDD has been at the center of the response and recovery efforts. Since opening the George R. Brown as a shelter for over 10,000 flood survivors at its peak of occupancy, we have remained committed to helping our friends and neighbors move beyond the storm.

HCDD’s disaster recovery assistance includes:

  • Working with FEMA, Houston Endowment, Harris County, Coalition for the Homeless, Houston Housing Authority, New Hope Housing and other local partners, to identify and fund at least six months of rent in apartments and college dormitory-style housing for residents leaving the Red Cross shelters
  • Coordinating with other city departments and Lone Star Legal Aid to resolve lease and habitability concerns between landlords and tenants in multifamily communities impacted by flooding

For the comprehensive list of Harvery resources visit HoustonRecovers.org and Harvey Housing Assistance.

Latest News and Announcements

Home Repair Scams

Use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor. Scams are common, especially following a major storm, flood, or other weather event when many homeowners are trying to repair their houses. The Office of the Attorney General of Texas offers the following links for reporting home repair scams and choosing contractors.

SAY YES to Quality Homes for All Incomes, In All Areas!

To increase awareness of the need for affordable home development in Houston, HCDD has launched an outreach campaign entitled “Can I Be Your Neighbor?”. The campaign aims to create a well-informed community discourse through targeted educational presentations and informational materials. “Can I Be Your Neighbor” is intended to decrease misconceptions and opposition to affordable home development and promote quality homes for all incomes in all areas of Houston. To learn more about this campaign visit www.houstontx.gov/housing/SayYes.

We invite you to take a survey to give us your views on affordable homes in Houston (click here for survey link).

New Streamlined Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP)

The City's Homebuyer Assistance Program has recently been revised with new guidelines and increased financial assistance. This program provides funds to approved applicants to assist in paying down payment, closing costs, and principal buydown on their home purchase. Visit our Homebuyer Assistance Program for full details and a list of FAQ's.

MWSBE and Section 3 Applications

Are you interested in becoming a Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBE) or Section 3 vendor with the City of Houston? Click on one of the links below to get started.