on the 2016 National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan and Related Attachments
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA” or the “Department”) previously prepared and released a Draft 2016 State of Texas National Housing Trust Fund (“NHTF”) Allocation Plan (“Plan”) along with a Draft Substantially Amended 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, and Draft Substantially Amended 2016 One Year Action Plan (“OYAP”) in July 2016, in accordance with 24 CFR §91.320. The Draft Plan was published in the Texas Register and public comment was received through Aug. 15, 2016. No changes were made to the Plan as a result of comments received. The Plan reflected the intended uses of NHTF funds received by the State of Texas from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) in Program Year 2016. The Plan also illustrated the State’s strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan and 2016 OYAP. The Plan and all other required amendments and attachments were submitted to HUD on Sept. 14, 2016, and subsequently disapproved by HUD on Oct. 27, 2016. The Department submitted corrective documentation and held several discussions with HUD. As a result, it is the State’s conclusion that rehabilitation will not be an eligible activity under NHTF in Program Year 2016 given the fact that the rehabilitation standards requirements are above and beyond the requirements for any other multifamily program that TDHCA administers. Additionally, refinancing of existing debt will not be permitted and funds will not be used for homeownership housing. Finally, additional justification for the State adopting the Section 234 Condominium Housing as its maximum per-unit development limits has been included.
The amended Plan reflects the intended uses of the NHTF allocation from HUD for the State of Texas for Program Year 2016. The Program Year begins on Feb. 1, 2016, and ends on Jan. 31, 2017. The Plan also illustrates the State’s strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the Substantially Amended 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated and the Substantially Amended 2016 OYAP.
The documents may be accessed from TDHCA’s Public Comment Web page at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm.
The public comment period for the Plan will be open from Wednesday, March 1, 2017, through Thursday, March 30, 2017. Written comments concerning the Plan may be submitted by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax to 512-475-0070. Comments must be received no later than March 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. Austin local time.