Building a More Equitable City
The City of Houston and Harris County are working together to provide $159 million in rent and utilities assistance to families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be distributed by two agencies with established experience in helping people in need: BakerRipley and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
New Homes for the Near Northside!
Dear Near Northside community, thank you to all those who joined us online and in person to provide input and thoughts on the New Homes for Near Northside developments! We appreciated your participation over the past couple of months. Although the public input period closed on Wednesday July 21st, there will be one final meeting to discuss what we heard, provide a summary of feedback and next steps.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a nation-wide eviction moratorium that applies to vulnerable renters through June 30, 2021. Learn if you are qualified and what to do if you are, with helpful tip sheets and downloadable copies of the declaration in six languages. Even if you don't qualify, you can share these resources with others to help us #KeepHoustonHoused .
Visit our landing page for more information. If you need immediate help or legal assistance, call the Eviction Defense Coalition Hotline at 713-982-7340.
360 Road to Homeownership Series
Our newest series of workshops, the 360 Road to Homeownership Series, will be a set of virtual information sessions discussing the steps to take to prepare for buying your first home. Join us for all four of our workshops on different topics, where we'll be answering question in real time to those on the line. If you miss a session, recordings will be available online.
Please spread the word about resources relating to this year's Winter Storm. Our department has prepared a one-pager of select resources that can be downloaded, printed, and shared widely, available in both English and Spanish. If your home was damaged during the winter storm, you can now apply for assistance on home repairs. Complete the Connective Home Repair Application to get started.
Virtual Office Hours
We are now holding our weekly Community Office Hours virtually! From 1pm-4pm every Wednesday, you can call in and be connected to program representatives. They will be able to answer questions, give status updates, and more.
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HCDD continues to take steps to keep our employees and residents safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors to our office will have their temperatures taken when arriving and will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing. When possible, we are encouraging everyone to find virtual ways to submit documents and hold meetings.
The City of Houston and Harris County are working hard to distribute funding for rental and utility assistance as quickly as possible.
If your landlord continues to evict you after you have received assistance, violates the program in any other way or if you have other fraud concerns, please report them through this form .
Thank you for your assistance. Should you have any other concerns or complaints, please call us at 832-393-0550 or submit a letter in writing to:City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
2100 Travis St, 9th floor,
Houston TX 77002.
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The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) works to create opportunities for all Houstonians to have access to safe homes that they can afford in communities where they can thrive. Our department works closely with service providers and developers across the city to improve quality of life for Houston residents. Full details of our strategies and proposals can be found in regularly published reports: