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

Office of Colonia Initiatives

Program Descriptions

Colonias Self-Help Centers Program

Program is a legislative directive to establish Colonia SHCs in Cameron/Willacy, El Paso, Hidalgo, Starr, and Webb counties. Two additional centers have opened in Maverick and Val Verde County. Five colonias in each county receive on-site technical assistance to low- and very low-income individuals and families in a variety of ways including housing, community development activities, infrastructure improvements, outreach, and education. SHCs are operated by a local nonprofit organization, local community action agency, or local housing authority that has demonstrated the ability to carry out the functions of a SHC.

Texas Bootstrap Loan Program

Program is designed to promote and enhance homeownership for very low-income Texans by providing loan funds to purchase or refinance real property on which to improve existing or construct new residential housing. Eligible Applicants are Colonia Self-Help Centers and State-certified nonprofit housing organizations. Program requires the borrower provide at least 65 percent of the labor necessary to build or rehabilitate the proposed housing or provide an amount of labor equivalent to the required amount by working through a State-certified owner-builder housing program.

Consumer Information Resources

The toll free 800 hot-line 1-800-525-0657 is available to voice concerns or request information.

For Colonia Self-Help Center information, please contact Albert Alvidrez at albert.alvidrez@tdhca.state.tx.us.

For Texas Bootstrap Loan Program information, please contact Glynis Vitanza at glynis.vitanza@tdhca.state.tx.us.

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