Houston Housing Authority, Mayor Parker Get in the Holiday Spirit with $100M to Help End Homelessness in Houston

Houston, TX, November 23, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Houston Housing Authority and Mayor Annise Parker announce details of plan to add 1,000 units of permanent housing for homeless Houstonians within the next two years through $100 million in Project-Based Vouchers, funded by HUD. This pledge includes plans to construct new apartments that will provide supportive services, as well as the intent to provide up to 200 vouchers to be used at new properties and/or up to 200 vouchers for existing properties that comply with program requirements and federal Housing Quality Standards.

“At a time when we give thanks, we must remember that there are still Houstonians without the most basic of needs – a roof over their heads. This commitment by the Houston Housing Authority will help homeless and low-income Houstonians get on their feet and become a part of Houston’s economic engine,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston is proud to partner with HHA during this time of giving in the effort to end homelessness in Houston.”

HHA President & CEO Tory Gunsolley said, “With the help of our community partners, we recently celebrated a huge milestone by housing 100 homeless veterans in 100 days. Another 100 veterans have been housed since that announcement. Cumulatively, we have placed more than 500 homeless veterans. We have also hired a full-time manager to oversee our homeless housing initiative. We are doing what we can to meet the need for affordable housing in Houston.”

The goal of the new initiative is to create permanent supportive housing for homeless and vulnerable Houstonians. The targeted population includes income eligible (less than 30 percent of the area media income) homeless veterans and homeless individuals or families and individuals with disabilities. There are currently 20,000 participants on the Housing Choice Voucher Program wait list. This new commitment will have the added benefit of creating approximately 1,000 jobs per year for the next three years.

Property owners and developers interested in receiving Project-Based Vouchers through both the Housing Choice Voucher and the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing programs must submit their proposals to the Housing Authority by January 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. More information is available at housingforhouston.com/doing-business-with-hha/current-bidsrequest-for-proposalsrequest-for-quotes.aspx.

Updates and information for homeless providers, developers and potential participants will also be listed on the HHA website www.housingforhouston.com, Facebook page and Twitter page (www.twitter.com/housing4houston.com).

About HHA:
The Houston Housing Authority provides affordable homes and services to more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians, including over 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and another 5,500 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers the nation’s third largest voucher program exclusively serving homeless veterans. More information about HHA can be found at www.housingforhouston.com.
Houston Housing Authority
Claudia Nwaogu