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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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
  • Connecting citizens needing assistance with cleaning and sanitizing their flooded homes to agencies with volunteers available to help

Additionally, HCDD works to identify resources to help flood survivors meet a myriad of needs. Click here for the comprehensive list of Harvey Recovery Resources.


Latest News and Announcements

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.