City of Houston
Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Resources for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

This page has resources about the City of Houston's recovery programs for individuals, contractors, developers, and community organizations. Housing Resource Centers are located throughout the city. Residents can visit a Housing Resource Center or call 832-393-0550 with questions about recovery programs or to get help with the application process.

Need help? Call 832-393-0550

For Homeowners

The Homeowner Assistance Program (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 that meet your needs before you make a full application. HoAP is available to Houstonians of all income levels.

Click on the links below for tip sheets, or call 832-393-0550 with questions.

For Renters and Prospective Homeowners

The City assists renters and homebuyers by creating new, affordable housing options across the city.

Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program

The Harvey Homebuyer Assistance Program (HBAP) helps renters become homeowners with up to $30,000 through a forgivable, interest-free loan for down-payment and/or closing cost assistance to qualified homebuyers. The City places a sale-restricted lien on the property for five years to encourage new homeowners to stay in the home. This means that once the homebuyer stays in the home for five years, the lien is forgiven.

Single-Family Development Program

The City builds new single-family homes for low- and moderate-income Houstonians (read more about Area Median Income). Development will be prioritized in Complete Communities, close to highly-rated schools, and in areas safe from future flooding. First-time homebuyers may qualify to purchase one of these homes. The City places a sale-restricted lien on properties it builds for sale to income-qualified buyers to ensure that the home remains affordable for a specified period.

Multifamily Development Program

The City also invests in new and renovated rental housing stock by underwriting the development of affordable multifamily rental projects. Read more about the Multifamily Development Program.

For Landlords

Many small rental properties were damaged during Harvey. More small rentals should be developed to support a growing need for affordable home options. If you own a small rental property or are interested in developing a small rental property with fewer than eight units, assistance is available to repair the property and make it more resilient. The first step to see if this program is for you is to take the Harvey Recovery Survey.

For Contractors and Single-Family Developers

The City’s housing recovery programs will require significant contractor capacity to repair existing homes and build new homes for Houstonians affected by Hurricane Harvey. The City has high standards for promoting Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) as part of its recovery program. Prospective contractors should maintain awareness of contracting and sub-contracting opportunities through the City of Houston Strategic Procurement Division.

For Multifamily Developers

The Harvey Multifamily Program funds the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing and new construction developments for low- and moderate-income households. The developments may be funded through a combination of programs that include Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, grants, conventional equity and conventional debt. The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) typically underwrites 25-30% of qualified multifamily projects with grant or low-interest capital, in exchange for affordability periods. Successful applications must align with the City’s Multifamily Development Principles; have demonstrated capacity to manage Davis-Bacon, Section 3, and MWBE requirements; and comply with green building standards.

HCDD conducts ongoing monitoring to ensure that units subsidized with federal funds continue to be rented to low- and moderate-income Houstonians during the affordability period.

Applicants will apply for this funding through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process. HCDD will update this website to notify prospective applicants of key dates.


Application Log - Notice of Funding Availability

HCDD’s application period for the DR-17 Round I NOFA ended April 12, 2019. The log represents all applications received at the end of the application period. HCDD has commenced its threshold review of the applications. Applicants with a noted deficiency will be notified and allowed to cure deficiencies within a certain period. Any applications that do not meet threshold within the allowed cure period will be cancelled. Scoring will commence after applications have been reviewed and cure periods expired.

Several applications have also applied for 2019 9% Housing Tax Credits with the TDHCA. HCDD is aware of the timing requirements for this program and staff will work diligently to notify applicants of their award status as soon as possible. A revised list of applications that met threshold will be posted once the cure period for all applications have expired.

We thank you for your interest in HCDD’s multifamily program and your support to deliver affordable housing in the city of Houston.

For Community Organizations and Service Providers

Community organizations and service providers are important partners to the City in ensuring that Houstonians are getting what they need to recover and build forward from Hurricane Harvey.

Help spread the word about recovery to those affected by Harvey! The City’s recovery outreach team is available to attend community events large and small, such as health fairs, food fairs, festivals, Super Neighborhood Meetings, civic association meetings, school events, religious gatherings, and more.

Relocation Resources

The Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) is responsible for overseeing the compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act and Real Property Acquisition Policies of 1970 (URA), as amended. The URA is a federal law that establishes the minimum standards for federally funded programs and projects that temporarily relocate or permanently displace tenants from residential and commercial properties, or farms due to land acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation and conversion. HCDD ensures that fair and equitable treatment to temporarily relocated or displaced persons is provided by training and monitoring owners and/or landlords administering federally funded programs or projects. Projects that permanently displace tenants will be required to follow the URA. Projects that temporarily relocate tenants will be required to follow HCDD program for relocation.

Request Mobile Outreach at an Upcoming Event

Mobile Outreach Teams are available to attend community events to share information about recovery programs and assist Houstonians in the application process. Contact the Mobile Outreach Team to request participation in an upcoming event.

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Service Providers

Service provider agencies help HCDD implement important social service programs. These programs include support for people experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV/AIDS, and mental health services. Organizations apply for funding through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process. This site will be updated with information about how to apply.

Area Median Income (AMI)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establishes income limits to determine what households are eligible for programs. These income limits are based on a region’s Area Median Income (AMI), which is the midpoint of income distribution, as well as household size. HUD calculates the median income for each metropolitan region in the country every year. Download a chart of AMI in Houston for 2019.

The City of Houston's recovery programs are almost entirely funded through federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Many of its programs come with requirements to serve low- and moderate-income households, or households below 80% AMI.