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 will create and rehabilitate multifamily apartment homes. These new and refurbished units will stay affordable to low- and moderate-income residents for at least 40 years.

Map of Selected Developments

The Harvey Multifamily Program issued two calls for proposals, in early 2019 and early 2020. Through these two funding rounds, a total of 34 developments will be supported for funding. Through these developments, over 3,900 new rental homes will be created, with about 85% of all homes reserved for low- or moderate-income renters.

By combining program funding with other sources, including 4% and 9% tax credits and private financing, the awards represent over $1 billion in development. They include communities for seniors, supportive housing options for those experiencing housing insecurity, and workforce homes for individuals and families.

You can learn more about each supported development by reviewing this list or by exploring the map below.

Funding Timeline

June 2019 September 2019 January 2020 June 2020 March 2021
1st round applications 1st round projects announced 2nd round applications 2rd round applications announced Additional $100 million added to program, additional projects announced
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million will create 3,900 units by 2024.

Applicants applied to this program through a series of Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) and application periods. Information about these NOFAs can be found on the contracting page.

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

Addition of four developments brings Harvey Multifamily Program total to 3,900 new homes

$100 million expansion of Harvey Multifamily Program will provide additional affordable homes to essential workers, seniors, and vulnerable Houstonians. The City of Houston Housing and…

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$11 million in federal disaster recovery funds allocated for new affordable apartment community in Houston Heights

The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) will provide $11 million to construct a new multifamily development in Houston Heights. On March…

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City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is announcing changes to Round 2 of its Harvey Multifamily Program

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is announcing changes to Round 2 of its Harvey Multifamily Program, due to…

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The Harvey Recovery Small Rental Program Awards $20M to Nonprofit Housing Developers to Create Up to 14 Affordable Apartment Communities

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) will select up to 14 developments to receive funding as Round 1 of…

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5 Additional Properties Added to Round 2 of the City’s Harvey Multifamily Program, Creating Another 700 Rental Units for Houstonians

HOUSTON – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) will allocate an additional $54,560,000 to support five more proposals to bring over…

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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,…

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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…

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Application Log & Documents

The first round 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.

The second round of funding for multifamily development opened in January 2020 and closed in March 2020. 19 applications have so far been selected for funding, resulting in a final program amount of 3,900 new apartment homes across 34 different properties.

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