Housing and Community Development

Special Needs Housing

 

 

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SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING
The Department works to assist non-profit agencies and shelters in housing the homeless, preventing homelessness and breaking the cycle of homelessness. The Department partners with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County to address the issue of homelessness. The Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual homeless count and provides a year-end report regarding homeless service demands, and an analysis of trends, services and demographics. The Coalition works with numerous homeless assistance agencies to bring coordinated approaches to address the problem of homelessness.

 

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HOPWA)
Program provides multifamily housing and related supportive services to low and moderate income families throughout the Houston Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) for persons who are HIV positive and their families. Grants are provided to eligible non-profit organizations for acquisition, rehabilitation or conversion, new construction, supportive services associated with housing, rent, mortgage and utility assistance, and program administration. HOPWA supportive services may include activities such as counseling, case management, food preparation, housekeeping, and transportation. The service area includes Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Waller, Fort Bend Counties, Austin, Brazoria, Galveston and San Jacinto. Proposals are accepted through a Request For Proposals (RFP) process.

 

  • Proposers seeking funds to request new housing or to rehabilitate existing housing may contact the HCDD HOPWA section at 713.868.8300.
  • Proposers seeking to provide financial assistance or other supportive services should contact the HOPWA Program section at 713.868.8300.

 

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING
The Department facilitates the construction, acquisition and/or renovation of facilities for the homeless and other special housing needs through a Request for Proposals process. Non-Profit organizations intending to shelter or provide transitional living for the homeless may submit proposals under the Department’s Multifamily Housing Program. For more information, contact the Multifamily section, or the Program Operations section at HCDD, 713.868.8300.

 

The Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) Program funds the operation of emergency homeless shelters; expansion of emergency shelter capacity; and the provision of essential supportive services to homeless individuals. The program is administered by the Child Care Council of Houston, Incorporated. To inquire about agency participation, contact the Child Care Council of Houston, Incorporated at 713.266.6045.

 

HOME OF YOUR OWN PROGRAM

 

Purpose:

 

  • The purpose of the Home of Your Own Homeownership Program is to assist low income homebuyers with disabilities by providing up to $15,000 to purchase new homes and funds to modify an existing home.
  • If modifications do not exceed $8,500, then up to $6,500 can be used for homebuyer down payment and closing cost assistance.

 

Eligibility:

 

An eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

 

Low-income household as defined by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - (80% or below the median household income)

 

Annual family Household income must not exceed 80% of median (for 2004):

 

Family
Size

30% Median (Extremely Low Income)

50% Median
(Very Low Income)

80% Median
(Low Income)

1

$12,800

$21,350

$34,150

2

$14,650

$24,400

$39,050

3

$16,450

$27,450

$43,900

4
$18,300
$30,500
$48,800
5
$19,750
$32,950
$52,700
6
$21,250
$35,400
$56,600
7
$22,700
$37,800
$60,500

8

$24,150

$40,250

$64,400

 

  • Home must be purchased within the City limits of Houston
  • A person with disability as defined by HUD
  • Applicants must complete the homebuyer’s class before receiving assistance from Housing Opportunities of Houston.

 

 

Contact:

The Home of Your Own Program is administered by the Houston Area Urban League in conjunction with the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department and Housing Opportunities of Houston.