Information for Nonprofits

The City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department works closely with nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of Houston’s residents, both through providing funding and by building advocacy networks.

Nonprofit organizations should find their need among the boxes to the right. If you are looking for services from a nonprofit, please contact them directly. Our recommendations for help can be found on the Supportive Services page.

If you are an organization looking for specific funding opportunities, our Funding Opportunities page shows the latest information.

My Organization is...

None of these? Call 832-394-6200 for your need or see separate pages if you are considered a Community Housing Development Organization or Multifamily Developer.


Advocates

HCDD connects with nonprofit organizations to increase collaboration between public and nonprofit sectors. There are many ways to get connected:

  • Sign up for our mailing list to get information on upcoming events we are hosting.
  • Host an event at your organization or invite our outreach team to a community space -- fill out this events form .
  • Join our monthly Housing Advocates Collective , open to any nonprofit working on housing or disaster recovery related issues.
  • Work with HCDD to build capacity or training within your organization. If you are interested in connecting with us or other nonprofits, contact Ellary Makuch at ellary.makuch@houstontx.gov.
  • Provide your feedback in other ways. We are always looking for feedback and ways to build Houston together – call 832-394-6200 to start working with us.
  • Partner with us on fair housing activities and outreach! Contact Kimmy Johnson at 832-394-6355 or fairhousing@houstontx.gov.

Fair Housing Ambassadors program

By applying to join our Fair Housing Ambassadors Program, you can be a bridge between your community and the latest information and resources relating to fair housing. Ambassadors receive training and help with events and outreach relating to fair housing. The program opens applications and spaces for training every year – check back soon to see when the latest opportunities will be.

Fair Housing Ambassadors

Fair Housing and Hurricane Resiliency Outreach Grant

The Housing and Community Development Department is working to better equip our community with hurricane preparedness information. We are looking to partner with local nonprofits to organize and execute community outreach programs that will effectively reach historically under-served populations and share important resilience information. With your help, we can better prepare our City’s residents for hurricane season.

Applications were accepted through July 20th and the application period is now closed.

A grant introduction workshop was held on July 7th describing the grant process.


Service Providers

HCDD's Public Services programs provide funding that can boost capacity for essential nonprofit service providers. Programs we support include:

  • Transitional housing or services for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Health clinics for low- and moderate-income residents
  • Housing and health services for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Job training and educational opportunities for adults
  • Supportive services for adults living with disabilities
  • Childcare and early childhood education
  • Substance abuse recovery aid
Types of Funding
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding is provided to the City based on population. We receive CDBG funding annually.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funding is dedicated to serving people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their families.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding is provided annually to transition people from homelessness into homes and to prevent more people from becoming homeless in the city.
  • Currently, our department also has access to CDBG-DR17 funding in response to Hurricane Harvey. Information on the Harvey Public Services program can be found here .

Community Facilities

HCDD’s Public Facilities programs fund new community amenities, either new constructions or capital improvements for public facilities. Some examples include:

  • Elementary school parks and play spaces
  • Libraries
  • Health clinics
  • Job opportunity centers
  • Grocery stores
  • Technology and innovation hubs

See more information on creating community amenities.

Types of Funding
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding is provided to the City based on population. We receive CDBG funding annually.
  • Local Bonds: Voters have passed ballot measures that allow the City to borrow to finance projects
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs) are special zones meant to attract investment in specific areas. They set aside taxes from new improvements (tax increments) in order to fund capital improvements.
  • Section 108 Loans are granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through an open application. This financing program can be used for long-term investments in large projects and is an open application.
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2100 Travis Street, 9th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
832-394-6200
hcdd@houstontx.gov