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  • $4.9M awarded for homelessness prevention services
  • Additional $1.5M directed to help youth experiencing homelessness
  • In FY18, HHSP served more than 13,000 eligible individuals


State housing agency awards $4.9 million in nine cities for housing and services to assist homeless


(AUSTIN) – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has announced funding in nine Texas cities under the state-funded Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP), which helps provide housing and support services to individuals and families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The TDHCA Governing Board approved the funding at its meeting on July 25, 2019, as part of a $4.9 million HHSP allocation. Each city or nonprofit organization within the city will also receive a portion of an additional $1.5 million to provide services to unaccompanied homeless youth and homeless young adults 24 years of age and younger. The additional funding comes as part of the appropriation bill passed earlier this year by the 86th Texas Legislature.

For state fiscal year 2020, the following cities or nonprofits received funding: City of Arlington, City of Austin, City of Dallas, City of Plano, Mother Teresa Shelter in the City of Corpus Christi, City of El Paso, City of Houston, City of Fort Worth, and Haven for Hope in the City of San Antonio. The City of Plano became eligible for participation in FY2018 due to an increase in population that placed the city over the threshold for participation. Per state law, TDHCA distributes the funding to large metropolitan areas with populations greater than 285,500 persons.

Services and activities provided through HHSP include construction, development, procurement, or rehabilitation of structures targeted to serve homeless persons or persons at-risk of homelessness, and direct services and case management to homeless persons or those at-risk of homelessness.

HHSP, created by the 81st Texas Legislature (2009), funds homeless prevention and homeless services in the nine largest Texas cities. In FY18, more than 13,000 individuals were served through HHSP assistance. A chart detailing the city and amounts received follows the end of the press announcement.


HHSP Subrecipient

FY 2020
Award for HHSP General Funds

FY 2020
Award for HHSP Youth Set-Aside Funds

Total HHSP Funds


City of Arlington





City of Austin





City of Corpus Christi – administered by Mother Teresa Shelter





City of Dallas





City of El Paso





City of Fort Worth





City of Houston





City of Plano





City of San Antonio – administered by Haven for Hope of Bexar County









* The City of San Antonio has applied to administer the HHSP youth set-aside funds, and its Application is in process. Based on the allocation formula, $268,670 in HHSP youth set-aside funds are being reserved for such future award recommendation in City of San Antonio.


About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page. 

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