Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Program

Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) are developers who complete new projects using funding from the federally-funded HOME program. In comparison to other contractors, CHDOs are community-based and design homes with the interests of pre-determined homeowners in mind.

Interested in becoming a Community Housing Development Organization? Get started with a training course run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To learn more, please call us at 832-394-6200 or refer to other resources published by HUD .

To learn more

call 832-394-6257


If you are a potential homebuyer looking to purchase, there are some early steps you can take:

  • Take a first-time homebuyer education course (even if it isn’t your first time buying a home). You can find a qualifying class online .
  • Qualify for a fixed-rate (not adjustable-rate or seller-financed) mortgage. We ask for a pre-approval letter from a lender.
  • Make sure you meet other qualifications:
    • Household income is less than 80% of Area Median Income .
    • The home must be your primary residence for at least five years
  • Be prepared to live in the home for at least five years.

The City of Houston only funds home development and does not sell the homes directly. To learn more, contact the groups directly.

Currently Certified CHDOs:

Frequently Asked Questions - For Organizations

Q: Are there formal guidelines for the CHDO Program?
A: Yes, you can download the Program Guidelines .

Q: What are the Federal Regulations required to work with the HOME Program and become a CHDO?
A: The work of CHDOs is set by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD). You can find information on these regulations at the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (Part 92: Subpart G)

Q: Can I get tax-exempt status for my organization?
A: Yes. We suggest using resources at the IRS to find more information.

Q: Do I need to be recertified as a CHDO?
A: Yes, Community Housing Development Organizations must be recertified every two years. Also, developers are only designated as CHDOs while they are working on funded projects through HOME funding. For recertification documents, please contact us directly.

Key Documents

Name Description View
CHDO Program Guidelines Overview and qualifications for the CHDO program Program Guidelines
T28889 -- CHDO Request for Proposals, Single-Family Construction Official documents relating to the CHDO Request for Proposals Main RFP Letter of Clarification 1 Letter of Clarification 2 Letter of Clarification 3
Requirements for CHDOs Requirements to see if your organization may qualify as a CHDO CHDO Requirements Checklist
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