Texas Grow Home Updates: June 2011

The Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC) have made significant advancements toward their goal of constructing 45-60 green, affordable Grow Homes in Cameron, Galveston and Harris counties.

These steps include working with the National Disaster Housing Reconstruction Advisory Committee to develop a “disaster housing recovery plan.” This plan abides by our original “temp to perm” concept, wherein a emergency housing unit can be modified to result in a permanent residence.

We have met with developers from the above-mentioned counties to present our proposed process for the housing pilot program and introduce them to key players and discuss the development process. This process is being facilitated in the style of a tax credit application from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

This summer, the Grown Home Team hopes to release a request for proposal (RFP) to begin the architectural selection process for home designs in Cameron County. The team is anticipating the responses to that request from architects in the area. Planning is also underway for a larger scale meeting with service providers, construction and community partners to plan a detailed approach for taking on the Houston/Galveston area.

Also, the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville has selected two architectural firms, both of whom are well-known for the quality and design of the communities they have planned.

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