Houston, TX - The City of Houston will invest more than $52 million in federal Harvey Recovery Program funds toward developing 624 affordable rental homes, the Housing and Community Development Department announced today.
Six developers have been selected for the first round of funding under the Harvey Recovery Program, with another $40 million in recommended awards to be announced later this month.
“Houston is a majority-renter city,” said Housing and Community Development Director Tom McCasland. “Creating more than 600 rental homes and ensuring that they are affordable for the long-term is going to help hundreds of families keep their housing costs down.”
In each of the six new developments, at least half of the units will be reserved for low- to moderate-income renters. Rents will be capped at rates established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and range from 60 to 90% of market rates. Construction is targeted to begin in early 2020, with the first units to be completed in 2021. The Department maintains a list of all properties in Houston with designated affordable units on its website at http://houstontx.gov/housing/City_of_Houston_Assisted_Properties.pdf
The Department currently oversees more than 5,000 affordable units throughout the city. Prospective renters should work through leasing offices to identify available units. Check the Housing and Community Development Department website for updates at https://www.houstontx.gov/housing/multifamily_housing.html, or call 832-394-6200 with questions.
The City signed an agreement with the Texas General Land Office in January for $1.3 billion to fund housing recovery efforts post-Hurricane Harvey. Of these funds, $350 million is budgeted for multifamily rental development.
Fifty nine developers responded to the program with proposals, a record-high number from developers interested in building high-quality, affordable rental homes in Houston.
“Too many Houstonians are rent-burdened,” said Ray Miller, Assistant Director for Multifamily and Public Services, who led the selection review. “With this disaster recovery funding, we’re able to fund new developments resilient to future flooding and in desirable areas within the urban core, near employment centers, close to highly rated school, and accessible to transit options.”
Five of the selected projects represent new construction. One development, Bellfort Park Apartments, is an apartment complex that provides affordable housing options that will be upgraded to preserve affordability for decades to come.
In April, Mayor Turner announced new Worker Protection Measures for multifamily development projects that will protect workers on each of the selected projects. These measures were the result of negotiations with labor rights advocates and the Gulf Coast AFL-CIO. “The City is exercising its right to make sure that workers who build federally-funded affordable homes in Houston can work safely and afford homes of their own,” said Mayor Turner at the April launch event.
2019 Multifamily Development Awardees – Round 1
|McKee City Living
|Covenant Community Capital / Gulf Coast Housing Partners
|Gala at MacGregor
|Magellen Housing TX / Royal American Development
|DWR Development Group / Edison Arts Foundation
|South Rice Apartments
|The Brownstone Group
|Bellfort Park Apartments
*Transactions have not yet been underwritten by the Housing and Community Development Department or reviewed by the Texas General Land Office. Allocation amounts may vary at the time of City Council approval and are subject to revision.
The Department is making these first six recommendations for awards to align with timing requirements set by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDCHA) 2019 Qualified Allocation Plan for 9% Housing Tax Credit allocations. Issuing awards now will allow developers to leverage additional funding sources and stretches the Department’s funding. The Department will release an additional notification of recommendations of awards for transactions funded with 4% Housing Tax Credits or conventional equity in the coming weeks.
The following projects have been waitlisted but are potentially eligible for additional funding in future phases of the program.
|The Briarwest Apartments
* Amounts reflect the original application amount and are subject to revision during HCDD underwriting