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

Belfort Park Apartments re-open after renovations to provide resilient, affordable homes in Southwest Houston

Bellfort Park Apartments, near the Willowbend, Braeswood, and Willow Meadows communities, celebrated its grand re-opening on July 28, 2021. The community of 64 garden-style apartments…

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City Council Approves Caroline Lofts, Providing 119 Affordable Rental Homes in Midtown

Caroline Lofts will provide opportunities for essential workers and others to live in resilient, affordable homes with close access to Downtown. HOUSTON – 07/22/2021 City…

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Houston City Council Approves Development of Affordable Workforce Homes in Greenspoint Area

Summit at Renaissance Park provides 325 new, resilient homes for residents to help welcome development of Greenspoint  Houston City Council has approved $14.9 million for…

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Houston City Council approves new construction of senior affordable apartment homes

City is investing $10.25 million in Harvey Recovery funds to build new senior apartment complex in Historic Third Ward. Houston City Council has unanimously approved a…

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Harvey Multifamily Program is announcing that up to $28 Million will be available for the currently issued Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

With recent changes to award amounts for existing developments, the Harvey Multifamily Program is announcing that up to $28 Million will be available for the…

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Law Harrington Senior Living Center Opens to Provide 112 Affordable Homes for Seniors of All Incomes, Genders, and Sexualities

HOUSTON – Community leaders, including Mayor Sylvester Turner and former Mayor Annise Parker, joined residents in the Third Ward to celebrate the grand opening of Law…

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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