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The TDHCA convened its board meeting at 10:05 am on April 13, 2023, at the Greer Bldg, 125 East 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701.

April 13 Meeting Summary

TAAHP Staff attended the board meeting and summarized its main takeaways. TDHCA has uploaded the video recording if you would like to watch full meeting.

RESOLUTIONS – Partial statements below

APRIL 2023 FAIR HOUSING MONTH IN TEXAS
April 2023 is Fair Housing Month, and marks 55 years since the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968), signed by U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson on April 11, 1968. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs – (1) recognizes the significance of Fair Housing Month as an important time to acknowledge, better understand, and support equal housing opportunity, and encourages the continued commitment to fair housing in the State of Texas; and (2) recognizes that in the pursuit of the goal and responsibility of providing affordable housing and equal housing opportunities for all, the Governing Board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs does hereby celebrate April 2023 as Fair Housing Month in Texas and encourages all Texas individuals and organizations, public and private, to join and work together in this observance of the impact and importance of affordable housing and equal housing opportunity to the success of all Texans.

MAY 2023 COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH IN TEXAS
Community Action Agencies are nonprofit and unit of local government organizations designated under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to serve to ameliorate the effects of poverty and help persons experiencing poverty to transition to self-sufficiency.. Texas has a strong and vibrant network of Community Action Agencies to deliver Community Action to Texans in need. Community Action will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; continue to provide support and opportunities for all eligible households in need of assistance and continue to develop and carry out effective welfare system reforms. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the State of Texas support the Community Action network in Texas in working to improve communities and make Texas a better place to live not only during Community Action Month in May, but throughout the entire year.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • Fair Housing Initiative – $124,000  develop and bolster capacity fair housing rights in TDHCA properties
  • Texas Rent Relief Portal has opened on March 14th and will close on March 28th. Shut it down in 3 days. TDHCA has about $96 million in remaining funds. 10-15K households. Got 50K applications. Evictions priority & then first come first serve. This includes a recent $40 million reallocation they received from other state and local programs.
  • Homeowner assistance fund (HAF) is active. The HAF program is federally funded that can help Texan residents with overdue mortgage payments, property tax, homeowners’ insurance, HOA fees and now recently utilities assistance. Half has been funded or approved. TDHCA has approved funding for 35,000 households. They have disbursed $390 million, with an additional $1.1 million in progress.
  • TDHCA budget approved in the TX House. Awaiting Senate.

 

Agenda Item 15 – Texas Homeownership Activity Report 2022

  • 6 Billion – Assistance Amount Issued
  • 7,760 Total Households Assisted
  • $7,625 Average Down payment Assistance
  • $66,796 Average Household Income – 73% of Borrowers at or below 80% AMI

 

Agenda Item 16

Presentation, discussion, and possible action regarding a Material Amendment to the Housing Tax Credit Application for MillPond at Robstown (HTC #22211)

  • The amendment is for a 100% increase in the residential density from 2.89 to 5.77 units per acre, which requires approval by the Board. The change is a result of a decrease in the Development site acreage from 24.952 to 12.476 acres, a reduction of 12.476 acres.
  • Board approves material amendment request

 

Agenda Item 23

Presentation, discussion, and possible action on the selection of Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. to administer the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program and Low Income Household Water Assistance Program in Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties (the service area previously served by Big Bend Community Action Council, Inc.)

  • CCSCT is designated the CEAP and LIHWAP service provider for Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties and to be awarded any remaining CEAP and LIHWAP funding for the region, and shall henceforth be the designated network provider to receive CEAP funds for the associated counties.
  • Board approves staff recommendation for the Community Council of South Central Texas to administer referenced programs to referenced counties

 

Agenda Item 24

Presentation, discussion, and possible action on the 2023 Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan and Award.

  • For 2023, the department expects to receive 2023 DOE WAP Funds in the approximate amount of $8,795,494.
  • Of that amount, approximately $8,145,494 will be distributed to subgrantees.
  • The remaining $650,000 will be allocated to the Department’s administrative, training, and technical assistance functions.
  • Weatherization Readiness Funds in the amount of $853,314 will also be distributed to subgrantees.
  • Board approves

 

Agenda Item 25

Presentation, discussion, and possible action on an extension of the development period for Lakeridge Villas (HOME Contract #1002954)

  • Developer requires additional time to complete the development period, citing contractor issues, abnormal weather, and supply chain difficulties as cause
  • Staff has determined that a six-month extension, ending December 21, 2023, should meet the borrower’s proposed timeline, and would not cause the Department to violate any federal deadlines.
  • The board approves the extension of the development period for Lakeridge Villas to 36-months

 

Agenda Item 27

Presentation, discussion, and possible action regarding a waiver of 10 TAC §11.101(a)(3)(B)(iii) for Skyway Gardens II (23119)

  • Application included a request to waive rule relating to the Neighborhood Risk Factor associated with school performance.
  • Development Site is located within the attendance zone of an elementary school with a 2022 Texas Education Agency (TEA) Accountability Rating of “Not Rated” due to Senate Bill 1365;
  • The Applicant claims that providing the after school learning center as required by the QAP would impose an ongoing operational expense that could quickly impact the viability of the project.
  • Adopts staff recommendation by a 3-1 vote (Ms. Farias) voting nay) to deny the rule waiver request

 

Agenda Item 29

Presentation, discussion, and possible action on a timely filed scoring appeal under the Department’s Multifamily Program Rules for Majestic Villas (23168)

  • The Department received the Competitive HTC Application for Majestic Villas on March 1, 2023, which was submitted to compete within the Rural 10 subregion.
  • Prior to the submission of the full Application, a Pre-Application for Majestic Villas was submitted to the Department on January 6, 2023, to compete within the Urban 10 subregion.
  • Critically, this subregion is not consistent with the subregion for which the full Application was later submitted.
  • The Qualified Allocation Plan awards six points to Applicants that participate in the Pre- Application process, so long as certain requirements are met. Among these is the requirement that the designation of rural or urban must remain the same between the Pre-Application and full Application.
  • Board approves the scoring notice appeal, hereby granting them the 6 points

 

Agenda Item 29

Presentation, discussion, and possible action on a waiver of 10 TAC §11.101(a)(2)(I) for New Hope Housing Avenue C (23156)

  • New Hope Housing Avenue C proposes the new construction of 80 affordable units in Houston, Harris County. The proposed development site is located 1.95 miles from the Valero Houston Refinery.
  • The 2023 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) establishes certain site characteristics that constitute Undesirable Site Features, which includes, “development sites located within 2 miles of refineries capable of refining more than 100,000 barrels of oil daily.”
  • A site that includes an Undesirable Site Feature is ineligible to compete for funding without a waiver of the applicable rule related to the Feature.
  • The waiver request also states that, while the nearest boundaries between the proposed site and the refinery are 1.95 miles apart, the residential buildings themselves will be situated on the site in a manner that places them more than two miles from the refinery.
  • Board Adopts Staff Recommendation To Approve The Rule Waiver Request

Meeting adjourned at 12:53 pm

The next TDHCA board meeting is on May 11, 2023.