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Housing & Development

LETTER FROM HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS ON HARVEY RELIEF

As Texas rebuilds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to ensuring safe, affordable housing for all those affected by the disaster. HUD is tasked with comprehensive, long-term disaster relief and has been working on the front lines in Texas. We are your ear on the ground and your voice in Washington, and we are committed to providing a compassionate and effective response

SENIORS GET TO STAY IN HOMES AT FOREST DALE APARTMENTS IN DALLAS, TEXAS

Mercy Loan Fund (MLF), a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) today announced that it has provided a $7.0 million loan to Chesapeake Community Advisors (CCA) and Trinity Village Non Profit Housing Corp. (Trinity) for the acquisition of Forest Dale Apartments, a 206-unit community for seniors with low incomes in Dallas, Texas

Rep. Smith Votes to Fund Hurricane Relief

Rep. Lamar Smith voted to provide $15 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. The funding bill also extends the National Flood Insurance Program.

Gohmert’s Statement on Hurricane Relief Funding Vote

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the vote in Congress to provide federal funding in the Disaster Relief Fund

Culberson Statement on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement after House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced an initial emergency supplemental appropriations bill to begin rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

NAHB Calls on Stakeholders to Band Together during Rebuilding of Texas Gulf Coast

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on the need for collaboration among key stakeholders as communities look to rebuild.

EPA/TCEQ Statement on Water Quality of Flood-Impacted Areas from Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) release the following statement today, in regards to the water quality of flood-impacted areas from Hurricane Harvey

Grant Awarded for West Texas Infrastructure Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved grant funding this week to repair the Presidio International Rail Bridge and South Orient Railroad, which extends from Presidio to San Angelo. With this funding, Presidio can continue serve as a pillar of Texas trade, benefitting both the border region and the State’s economy. U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) championed this initiative to TxDOT and local officials to ensure the line’s rehabilitation and improved operations, and safety.

Texas Developer Joins Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Board

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) announced the election of G. Granger MacDonald to FHLB Dallas’ Board of Directors (Board). Mr. MacDonald was elected by the Board to fill an independent director seat that was vacated in April. He will serve out the remainder of the term for that seat, which expires December 31, 2017.

Green Homes in Texas Add $25,000 Resale Value, Study Finds

A new study from The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) finds that new homes in Texas built to meet green building standards like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system, are worth an average of $25,000 more in resale value than conventional homes

TDI windstorm inspectors help consumers along coast

Michael Cowen helps homeowners with inspections so they can buy windstorm insurance. He drives hundreds of miles and spends hours on the phone each week talking with homeowners, contractors, and local building officials about inspection requirements.

Playa Restoration Program Fills Grassland Playa Pits, Trenches at No Cost to Landowners

A new multi-partner playa restoration program, the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, is offering participating landowners free backfilling of pits and trenches in playas surrounded by grass.

Presidio Port of Entry Receives Presidential Permit to Start Construction

The Presidential Permit for the Presidio-Ojinaga infrastructure project in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas was approved this week, indicating final approval of a long and tedious process to widen the local Port of Entry one lane in either direction to accommodate 18-wheelers. Due to the efforts of Congressman Will Hurd alongside local officials, the long-planned expansion initiative will strengthen cross-border trade between the U.S. and Mexico and position Presidio as an efficient and cost-effective transit hub for imports and exports. Receiving the permit is the last hurdle before construction may begin.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces $497,413 grant awarded to the University of Houston-Downtown under...

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement announcing today that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Houston-Downtown a $497,413 grant to implement its Upward Bound Program to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education

Team from University of Texas at Austin Wins 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition with...

A redevelopment plan for a Chicago site presented by a team from the University of Texas at Austin has taken top honors in the 2017 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale site in an urban area. Members of the team were awarded a first-place prize of $50,000 after the conclusion of the competition on April 6.

Texas Remodeler Dan Bawden Installed as 2017 NAHB Remodelers Chair

Remodeler Dan Bawden, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP, of Houston, was installed as the 2017 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers on Jan. 10 during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. As chairman of NAHB Remodelers, Bawden represents the more than 53,000 members of NAHB who are involved in the remodeling industry

Texas Builder Named 2016 NAHB Custom Home Builder of the Year

Luis Jauregui, owner of Jauregui Inc. in Austin, Texas, has been honored as the Custom Home Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Custom Home Builders Committee. Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, the award was presented at a luncheon today in Orlando, Fla. at the NAHB International Builders’ Show

Veasey Introduces Legislation to Help Veterans Buy Homes

Congressman Marc Veasey introduced H.R. 6320, the Give Veterans Home Loan Choices Act, to ensure our nation’s veterans are provided all the loan options available to them so that they can make a well-informed decision when selecting a home loan for their families.

Marathon Water Supply Awarded More than $230,000 in Grants

U.S. Representative Will Hurd is pleased to announce the selection of the Marathon Water Supply and Sewer Service Corporation (WS&SS) for two grants totaling more than $230,000 for water improvement projects

Online Survey Seeks to Understand Private Land Management Needs

Understanding Texas private landowner needs, preferences and concerns in operating and managing their land and natural resources is the purpose of a brief online questionnaire developed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Private Lands Advisory Committee in partnership with Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources

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Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

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LETTER FROM HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TO THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS...

As Texas rebuilds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to ensuring safe, affordable housing for all those affected by the disaster. HUD is tasked with comprehensive, long-term disaster relief and has been working on the front lines in Texas. We are your ear on the ground and your voice in Washington, and we are committed to providing a compassionate and effective response