Harvey Multifamily Program

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Percentage of Houstonians who rent their homes

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Percentage of households affected by Harvey were renters

On average, renter households struggle to find affordable options more than homeowners. 46% of renter households spend 30% or more of their monthly income on housing. 23% spend 50% or more. Three-fifths of children live in rental units. So do two-thirds of Houston’s foreign-born population.

Houston was short on affordable multifamily homes before Hurricane Harvey. Now, our need is even more urgent. The Harvey Multifamily Program builds and repairs multifamily developments. These new and refurbished units will stay affordable to low- and moderate-income residents for at least 20 years.

Map of Selected Developments

The first of three rounds of funding for multifamily development opened in February 2019 and closed April 12, 2019. Fifty-six applications were reviewed and 15 were selected for funding. The selected developments will create 1,604 apartments in Houston, the majority of which will be rented at guaranteed-affordable rates to qualified renters.

Funding Timeline

June 2019 September 2019 January 2020 2021
1st round applications 1st round projects announced 2nd round applications 3rd round applications,
3rd round projects announced
$
million for over 1600 units by 2024

Applicants will apply for this funding through a Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) process. HCDD will update this website with important dates.

Requirements

Developments must:

The City prioritizes developments that:

  • Leverage other financing sources.
  • Create mixed income housing opportunities.
  • Are close to public transit and highly rated schools.
  • Reinvest in Complete Communities and other Community Reinvestment Areas.
  • Are located in areas where real estate values are rising and where many moderate- and low-income residents need affordable options.
  • Protect from future flooding and climate concerns.

For details, please see our Compliance page

News

City of Houston selects 4 more developments that create affordable apartments with federal funds for Harvey recovery

Round 1 of the City’s Harvey Multifamily Program includes $163 million of investment that will create 1,604 apartments Houston will soon have many more affordable, resilient apartments for renters. The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department today announced four additional awards for its first round of funding for the Harvey Multifamily Program. This…

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Disaster Recovery (DR-17) Multifamily Rental Program Guidelines

Draft Guidelines for Proposed Programs: Hurricane Harvey The City of Houston will receive $1,175,954,338 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for assisting in long-term housing recovery from Hurricane Harvey. To receive this funding, the City must submit guidelines to the Texas General Land Office for approval. Click here to view the draft guidelines about…

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Application Log & Documents

The first of three rounds of funding for multifamily development opened in February 2019 and closed April 12, 2019. Fifty-six applications were reviewed and 15 were selected for funding. The selected developments will create 1,604 apartments in Houston, the majority of which will be rented at guaranteed-affordable rates to qualified renters.
Document NameLast Updated
Program Overview November 4th, 2019
Program Guidelines April 30th, 2020
Application Log: 2019 Multifamily NOFA (DR-17) April 23rd, 2019
2019 Multifamily NOFA (DR-17) Map May 2019