The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is announcing an eight-day public comment period and one public hearing for a second substantial CDBG-CV amendment to the State of Texas Consolidated Plan: 2019 One-Year Action Plan. The Plan amendment proposes changes to the uses of $141.8 million in Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding. The CDBG-CV funds previously proposed to be used for rental assistance are now being proposed to be used partially for rental assistance, but primarily for mortgage payment assistance. The reason for this change is that a significant amount of federal resources have now been funded by Congress specifically for rental assistance and it is estimated that Texas will receive approximately $1.9 billion for rental assistance. Therefore, TDHCA is reprioritizing the use of the CDBG-CV funds to other needed activities. The proposed plan amendment can be viewed at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm under Items Open for Public Comment.
The Plan is also amended to reflect that some portion of administrative funds may be used to support the planning for and/or establishment of a statewide homeless information management warehouse, system or initiative. All other proposed activities for the CDBG-CV funds remain unchanged: food bank distribution expenses, relief for providers for persons with disabilities, legal services for persons with disabilities, and broadband planning.
The public comment period for the amendment will be held Thursday, December 31, 2020, through Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 5 p.m. Austin local time. The draft CDBG-CV Second Substantial Amendment may be accessed from TDHCA’s Public Comment web page at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm.
A virtual public hearing for the amendment is scheduled to take place as follows:
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
6:00 p.m., Austin local time
To register for the hearing please go to GoToWebinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6299113522613314829
Dial-in number: +1 (914) 614-3221, Access Code 550-052-721 (persons who use the dial-in number and access code without registering online will only be able to hear the public hearing and will not be able to ask questions or provide comments).