Tribpedia: Housing And Community Affairs

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The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community development and community assistance programs. It also regulates the state's manufactured housing industry. It was established in 1991.

TDHCA administers funds in excess of $500 million each year. The majority of the funds come from mortgage revenue bond financing, home refinancing ...

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With New Rules, Housing Board Loses Power

Robert Johnson (far left), Larry Williams (second from left), and DeNarious Scales (far right) play dominoes outside the White Rock Lake Townhomes on Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Dallas, Tx.
Robert Johnson (far left), Larry Williams (second from left), and DeNarious Scales (far right) play dominoes outside the White Rock Lake Townhomes on Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Dallas, Tx.

Housing reforms quietly approved by Gov. Rick Perry late last year were intended to address growing concerns over housing being concentrated in low-income, minority areas and over how the agency distributed subsidies. But the well-intended changes could mean fewer affordable housing developments in Texas cities.

"Forward Commitment" Low-Income Housing Map

Use our interactive map to view the roughly 70 low-income housing projects that bypassed the state's point system and got board-approved for coveted tax credit subsidies over the last decade — subsidies worth a combined $660 million.

Interactive: Low-Income Tax Credit Housing Map

In Texas, an analysis shows that subsidized apartments are being built disproportionately in impoverished neighborhoods. This is despite a federal subsidy program aimed at breaking up concentrations of poverty and discouraging segregation. In partnership with the San Antonio Express-News, the Tribune has built an interactive map of the low-income tax credit housing projects in the state.

Hurricane Ike era blue tarps still on the roof a Hurricane Ike damaged home near downtown in Houston, July 28, 2011.
Hurricane Ike era blue tarps still on the roof a Hurricane Ike damaged home near downtown in Houston, July 28, 2011.

Amid Finger-Pointing, Hurricane Relief Lags

Nearly four years after Hurricanes Ike and Dolly destroyed homes near the Texas coast, thousands of Texans are still waiting for housing assistance. The long-term disaster recovery effort funded by the federal government has made little headway. But where two state agencies faltered, another is stepping in.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-103) speaks with reporter on House floor. February 8th,2011
State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-103) speaks with reporter on House floor. February 8th,2011

Dallas-Area Lawmakers Question Housing Department

Dallas-area lawmakers came before the board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs on Tuesday, warning members against granting tax credits to low-income housing developers who haven’t met all of the state’s requirements, and suggesting there are perceptions of abuse.