The National Housing Trust Fund is a new, dedicated source of funding for extremely low income households, providing states with funds to expand the supply of available, affordable housing for extremely low income households (ELI), or those that earn less than 30 percent of their area’s median income.
In 2016, the first year that Trust Fund dollars will be made available to states, Texas will receive $4,778,364 to be allocated through a competitive application process by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). The agency has begun to draft an allocation plan and will hold roundtables and a public comment period from April through June, before funding is released by the federal government in the summer.
We are part of a coalition of advocates for the homeless, people with disabilities and others who have developed recommendations for the state on how the Trust Fund can best be used.
We are state partners in the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), which began to advocate for the Trust Fund more than 15 years ago and has provided crucial guidance on Trust Fund allocation for states, local organizations and developers. NLIHC has produced materials about the Trust Fund in Texas, including a webinar accessible as a video and a slideshow and a model allocation plan for TDHCA.
More information on the Trust Fund can be found on NLIHC’s website.
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