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The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on the Draft 2025 Regional Allocation Formula (RAF) Methodology.

The public hearing will take place as follows:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
2 p.m., Central Time
Stephen F. Austin Building Room 172
1700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The RAF may be accessed from TDHCA’s Public Comment Center at https://www.tdhca.texas.gov/tdhca-public-comment-center.

The RAF utilizes appropriate statistical data to measure the affordable housing need and available resources in the 13 State Service Regions used for planning purposes. The RAF also allocates funding to rural and urban subregions within each region. TDHCA has flexibility in determining variables to be used in the RAF, per Section 2306.1115(a)(3) of the Tex. Gov’t Code, which reads in part “the department shall develop a formula that includes other factors determined by the department to be relevant to the equitable distribution of housing funds.” The RAF is revised annually to reflect current data, respond to public comment, and better assess regional housing needs and available resources.

The RAF methodology explains the use of factors, in keeping with the statutory requirements, which include the need for housing assistance, the availability of housing resources, and other factors relevant to the equitable distribution of housing funds in urban and rural areas of the state.

The Single Family HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Multifamily HOME, Housing Tax Credit (HTC), and Texas Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program RAFs each use slightly different formulas because the programs have different eligible activities, households, and geographical service areas. For example, Section 2306.111(c) of the Tex. Gov’t Code requires that 95% of HOME funding be set aside for non-participating jurisdictions (non-PJs). Therefore, the Single Family and Multifamily HOME RAFs only use need and available resource data for non-PJs.

The public comment period for the Draft 2025 RAF methodology will be open from Monday, May 20, 2024, through 5 p.m., Central Time, on Thursday, June 20, 2024. Anyone may submit comments on the Draft 2025 RAF Methodology in written form or through oral testimony at the public hearing on June 4.

Written comments concerning the Draft 2025 RAF Methodology 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, or by email to [email protected]. Comments must be received no later than Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 5 p.m., Central Time.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for the public hearing on June 4 should contact Nancy Dennis, at 512-475-3959 or Relay Texas at 800-735-2989, at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Non-English speaking individuals who require interpreters for the public hearing should contact Danielle Leath by phone at 512-475-4606 or by email at [email protected] at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Personas que hablan espanol y requieren un interprete, favor de llamar a Danielle Leath al siguiente numero 512-475-4606 o enviarle un correo electronico a [email protected] por lo menos tres dias antes de la junta para hacer los preparativos apropiados.