In a city where over half of our population rents homes, we need to make sure we’re meeting their needs. HCDD relies on community partners and developers to create affordable apartment units throughout the city. We give financial backing for developers to create new units, a portion of which must be held to lower-income people for affordability periods up to 40 years.
Residents looking for available apartments to rent should refer to the Rental Assistance page.
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How to Apply for Funding
The Department regularly creates Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) to select projects. Developers should also look to banks, investors, and private philanthropy for more funding. The latest requests were made through our Harvey Multifamily Program .
In addition, HCDD gives Resolutions of No Objection and Resolutions of Support to support projects receiving 4% and 9% Tax Credits.
Documents for Tax Credit Resolutions
|Housing Tax Credit Resolution Guidelines – 2020||Download|
|4% HTC – Request for Resolution of No Objection||Download|
|4% HTC – Example of a Completed Request for Resolution of No Objection||Download|
|Minimum Property Standards for Rehabilitation, Reconstructions, and New Construction||View|
Most Recent Awards
In January 2020, a total of 20 projects were approved to receive Resolutions of Support for 9% Tax Credits. These projects can be reviewed in this packet of fact sheets.
Compliance for Developers
Funding from the Department comes on the condition that the development remain affordable for periods up to 40 years. In addition, the development must comply with federal standards. Our inspectors conduct onsite monitoring annually to check accuracy of rent and occupancy reports, review onsite records, and inspect units.
Depending on the source that funded the project, different additional requirements go into effect.
|2019 HOME Rent Limits||Maximum rents allowed for units funded through HOME||Download|
|2020 HOME Income Limits||Accepted income levels of applicants to HOME units||Download|
|2018 Utility Allowances||Allowance for tenant-furnished utilities and other services||Download|
|Affidavit of Unemployment||Statement of unemployment, filled out by unemployed residents||Download|
|Asset Verification||Statement of assets, filled out by residents who qualify for affordable units||Download|
|Certification of Zero Income||Statement of zero income, filled out by residents with zero income||Download|
|Child Support Affidavit||Statement verifying that residents are current on child support payments||Download|
|Child Support Verification (CDBG)||Verification of child support income (submitted to Attorney General) for residents in CDBG-funded properties||Download|
|Employment Verification||Verification of tenants’ employment status, filled out by employed residents||Download|
|Income Contribution||Statement of contribution that resident will make to rent||Download|
|Intake Application (CDBG)||Application for residents to live at CDBG-funded properties||Download|
|Intake Application (HOME)||Application for residents to live at HOME-funded properties||Download|
|Lease Addendum – Revised||Addendum that must be added to all lease contracts supported by the City of Houston||Download|
|Pension Verification||Statement of pension, to be filled out by residents receiving pension payments||Download|
|Rent Schedule (Blank)||Rent schedule for property||Download|
|Social Security Benefit Verification||Statement verifying that resident receives Social Security payments||Download|
|Substandard Housing Complaint – Form 2||Form for residents wishing to file a complaint about a property||Download|
|Sworn Assets (Under $5,000)||Form documenting assets of households who have less than $5,000 in combined assets||Download|
|Telephone Verification||Form verifying an acceptable form of contact via telephone||Download|
|Tenant Income Certification (pages 1-4)||Form documenting income that resident receives and will contribute to rent||Download|
|Tenant Release and Consent||Form for tenant to release information about employment, income, and assets for the purpose of verifying information||Download|
|Verification of Business Income||Statement verifying assets and income of a resident’s business||Download|
|Veterans Benefit Verification||Statement verifying that resident receives Veterans Benefits||Download|
The Fair Housing Act protects individuals and families from discrimination in the sale, rental, financing or advertising of housing based on their race, color, religion, family status, national origin, sex, or disability.
In the case of questions about rights of both tenants and landlords, please see this comprehensive guide . Upon request, we can also provide a hard copy of this booklet. To make a fair housing complaint, call our hotline at 832-394-6200, extension 5.