Public input sought on affordable housing projects
The public can offer thoughts on six proposed housing developments competing for state tax credits during a town hall meeting Jan. 29.
The forum will be at 6 p.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. Citizens will hear details about the proposed projects vying for funding through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The housing proposals are:
- Glen Park, by VCZ Development, at 4001 S. Chadbourne St., 60 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.
- Meadow Falls, by VCZ, 4665 Southland Blvd., 76 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.
- Balcones Flats, by Herman & Kittle Properties, 913 W. 33rd St., 64 units, 2-3 bedrooms for family households.
- The Trails, by Generation Housing Development, 2600 Era St., 72 units, 1-3 bedrooms for family households.
- Cherry Trails, by Four Corners Development, on Appaloosa Trails behind The BLVD Apartments, 48-60 units, 1-2 bedrooms for the elderly.
- Twohig Plaza, by Four Corners, 201 S. Chadbourne St., 40-60 units, 1-2 bedrooms for the elderly.
Community & Housing Support
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs makes funding available through tax credits for single- and multi-family rental construction projects. Credits are awarded through a competitive process. The state will award credits to only one project from this area, which includes Midland and Odessa. City political and financial support improves a project’s competitiveness and is often the deciding factor in which earns the tax credits.
Two local developments, each for seniors, have earned tax credits each of the last two years. Kirby Park Villas’ 72 units on MLK Drive and 29th Street is under construction. Construction on the 48-unit Oak Trails complex near Fort Concho begins in the spring.
Community & Housing Support secures Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the development of viable urban communities by expanding the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for low- to moderate-income people.
CDBG assists families through a combination of grants and low-interest loans for home owner housing rehabilitation, home owner emergency repairs, and demolition of substandard structures. The HOME program provides down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers who are approved by a participating lender (see program brochure), and offers temporary tenant-based rental assistance through MHMR.
The implementation and operation of the CDBG and HOME programs conform to the policies and guidelines established by HUD and the City Council.
Fair housing complaints
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can contact the City’s fair housing officer, Bob Salas, at 325-655-0824. You can also visit this site if you are alleging a violation of HUD program regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status.
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