Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) – Overview
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community and energy assistance programs, Colonia activities, and regulation of the state’s manufactured housing industry. The Department currently administers $2 billion through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to deliver local housing and community-based opportunities and assistance to Texans in need. The Department’s resources primarily derive from mortgage revenue bond financing and refinancing, federal grants, and federal tax credits.
All TDHCA divisions regularly interact with other state and federal agencies, the state legislature, housing, and community development organizations, community assistance agencies, lending institutions, real estate interests, the media, and other public sources
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) was created on September 1, 1991.
- The 72nd State Legislature consolidated functions formerly administered by the Texas Department of Community Affairs and the Texas Housing Agency.
- The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Emergency Nutrition and Temporary Emergency Relief Program were transferred from the Texas Department of Human Services effective September 1, 1992.
- The Texas Manufactured Housing Division was transferred from the Department of Licensing and Regulation to the Department on September 1, 1995, and made a separate administrative entity within the Department effective September 1, 2001.
To administer its assigned programs efficiently, transparently, and lawfully and to invest its resources strategically and develop high-quality, affordable housing, which allows Texas communities to thrive.
The Department accomplishes this mission by acting as a conduit for federal grant funds for housing and community services. However, because several major housing programs require the participation of private investors and private lenders, TDHCA also operates as the state’s housing finance agency.
Ensuring program compliance with the many state and federal laws that govern housing programs is another essential part of the Department’s mission. This ensures the health and safety of TDHCA’s housing portfolio and guarantees that state and federal resources are efficient and effective.
TDHCA also serves as a financial and administrative resource that helps provide essential services and affordable housing opportunities to Texans who qualify for this assistance based on their income level. Additionally, the Department is a resource for educational materials and technical assistance for housing, housing-related, and community services matters.
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