The City of Houston is committed to building a resilient and equitable city after Hurricane Harvey. Our housing recovery programs seek to build safe and affordable homes across our city, in communities where people can thrive.
The City of Houston, through the Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD), will administer $1.17 billion in housing recovery programs for Hurricane Harvey. The City works with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to ensure these programs follow federal and state regulations. Houston's Local Action Plan identifies the following programs for housing recovery:
- Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP)
- Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program (HBAP)
- Harvey Single-Family Development (HSFD) Program
- Harvey Multifamily Program
- Harvey Recovery Small Rental (HRSR) Program
- Harvey Public Services Program
- Buyout Program
- Economic Revitalization Program
See the Public Notices page for up-to-date public notices about these programs.
Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP)
HoAP is the primary program to help homeowners whose homes were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. There are five options within HoAP to assist homeowners at different stages of recovery and with specific recovery needs. The first step in getting help is to take the Harvey Recovery Survey to assess if there are programs you may qualify or and to help identify what documents you will need before you make a formal application.
Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program
The Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program (HBAP) provides up to $30,000 through a forgivable, interest-free loan for down-payment and/or close-cost assistance to qualified homebuyers. The program serves Houstonians earning up to 120% of Area Median Income (AMI). The City places a sale-restricted lien on the home for five years to ensure that the program is meetings its affordability objectives.
Harvey Single-Family Development Program
The Harvey Single-Family Development (HSFD) Program builds new single-family homes for low- and moderate-income Houstonians. These homes typically sell for under $200,000 to eligible buyers. The City places a sale-restricted lien on properties for sale to income-qualified buyers to ensure that the home remains affordable for a specified period.
Harvey Multifamily Program
As a majority-renter city, Houston needs more quality, affordable rental housing after Hurricane Harvey. As demand for housing continues to rise, workers may not be able to afford homes in areas that are safe from flooding and close to jobs and transit. Ensuring Houston’s continued economic growth depends on having transit-connected, resilient, and affordable housing options for people at all income levels. The Multifamily Program provides funding to repair existing and develop new multifamily homes across Houston. Developers will be able to apply for funding through a subrecipient selection process.
Harvey Recovery Small Rental Program
Many Houstonians live in single-family rental properties, or rental properties with fewer than eight units. These small rental properties are important for affordable housing, and many were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. The Harvey Recovery Small Rental Program assists landlords to make repairs and improve the quality of these properties.
Harvey Public Services Program
Service provider agencies help HCDD implement important programs, including support for people experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV/AIDS, and mental health services. Agencies can apply for funding through this program through a subrecipient selection process.
This program is intended to assist residents to move out of areas that have been impacted by multiple disasters or are at high risk of flooding from future disasters. The program is currently under development. City of Houston residents interested in a buyout option should visit the Harris County Control District's Voluntary Home Buyout Program website.
Economic Revitalization Program
The goal of this program is to create jobs and improve economic opportunities in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Program Guidelines are being developed and will be posted for public comment in 2019.
Funds for Harvey Recovery Programs are provided by the City of Houston and the Texas General Land Office through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program.