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; demonstrated capacity to manage Davis-Bacon, Section 3, and MBWE 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.

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HCDD is seeking proposals to finance the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or purchase multifamily properties that provide affordable housing within Houston city limits Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The purpose of this program is to provide affordable rental housing opportunities to Houston residents that may have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Applicants can include for profit, nonprofit or public housing authorities that must demonstrate a capacity to construct, or rehabilitate, and operate multifamily affordable housing. Total funding within the first round will range up to $100,000,000.

Bid proposals will be reviewed, underwritten and scored to select awardees based on a predetermined set of criteria outlined in the NOFA. It is the responsibility of each applicant to electronically generate and examine the entire NOFA and associated Excel workbook, seek clarification in writing and review their submittal for accuracy before submitting their application.

All questions submitted in writing prior to the application submittal deadline will be answered by email and the answers will be posted on the website noted above.  HCDD will not be bound by any information conveyed verbally. A pre-proposal conference is scheduled Friday, February 15, 2018, at 1 p.m., 2100 Travis, 9th Floor community room. Submissions of the NOFA will be received until 3 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Housing and Community Development Department, 2100 Travis, 9th Floor, Houston, TX 77002.

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.

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 2018.

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.