Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Employee Benefits

What can I expect as an employee of TDHCA?

You will be eligible for the state benefits of a retirement plan, 457 and 401(k) deferred compensation plans, group health and life insurance, and other optional coverage, including dental insurance. For eligible employees, TDHCA offers a sick leave pool, FMLA coverage, a tuition reimbursement program, and an employee assistance program. The building is a smoke-free environment. In addition, you will have free parking in one of the state parking lots or garages. Read below to learn more about the benefits of being part of our diverse workforce.


Employees are members of the Employees Retirement System, which makes them eligible for retirement, disability, and death benefits. (For additional information, please refer to the Employees Retirement System (www.ers.state.tx.us).

Group Insurance

A comprehensive group health and life insurance program is available to employees. Most new employees are eligible for health insurance coverage on the first day of the month after their 60th day of employment. Additional coverage is available for employees and dependents for a reasonable additional charge. (For additional information, please refer to the Employees Retirement System (www.ers.state.tx.us).


Typically, employees receive between 12 and 15 days of holiday leave (State Auditor website) each year as set by the state legislature.

Annual Leave

Employees accrue annual leave based on their length of state service. New state employees are eligible to take annual leave after they have been employed by the state for six months.

Sick Leave

Employees accrue sick leave each month, and it may be used when the employee or an immediate family member is ill or for medical appointments. Employees who have exhausted all of their own leave may be eligible for paid leave from the agency’s Sick Leave Pool, or Extended Sick Leave may be granted.

Other Leave

Other leave is available to eligible employees, including emergency leave, family and medical leave (Department of Labor website), military leave, parental leave, parent-teacher conference leave and recognition leave.

Longevity Pay

Eligible employees receive additional pay each month based on their years of state service.

Deferred Compensation

Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars to either or both the Tex$aver 401(k) or 457 deferred compensation programs. (For additional information, please refer to the Employees Retirement System (www.ers.state.tx.us).

Training Opportunities and Education Assistance

TDHCA supports continued learning and professional development by offering employees the opportunity to attend training courses, seminars, and conferences conducted in-house and by outside entities. The education assistance program assists eligible employees in attaining college degrees.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP offers short-term counseling and referral services, LawAccess, Work/Life Services, and online HelpNet resources. Services are free, confidential, and available to all TDHCA employees and their immediate family members.

Other Benefits

  • Free parking
  • Flexible work schedules available for many positions
  • Balance of work and personal life