Texas lacks the financial resources to provide long-term affordable housing for low income hurricane evacuees.
The chart above shows the distribution of housing
assistance in Texas.
About 13% of the eligible low-income households (income
< 50% AMFI) in Texas receive federal housing assistance
while 87% of low-income families who are eligible do not
receive any form of help.
The State of Texas allocates housing subsidies
through the Texas Department of Housing and Community
According to TDHCA’s State Low Income Housing Plan,
23,435 Texas households with incomes less than 80% of the
median income received assistance in 2004 (see chart
above). Of these households, 84% had incomes between 31%
and 60% of the area median while only 11% had incomes below
30% of the median.
A principal reason for this imbalance is found in the
resources that TDHCA has at its disposal (see chart below).
The State of Texas allocates only about $3 million
per year from state funds for housing and relies
overwhelmingly on federal dollars to provide housing
A majority of the funds available come from bonds and
housing tax credits. Bonds and tax credits provide a
relatively shallow level of subsidy, making it difficult to
use these type of funds to aid families at the lowest
income levels who need deep housing subsidies.
hurricane evacuees will need long term rent assistance to
afford housing in Texas.