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Naomi Cantu

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Welcome to the Ending Homelessness Fund (“EH Fund”) rules forum. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (“TDHCA”) is conducting this forum on uses of the EH Fund to gather public input. The online forum will be open from Friday, July 13 to Friday, July 27, 2018.

The 85th Texas Legislature passed H.B. 4102, which became effective on September 1, 2017. The act amended Subchapter H, Chapter 502, Transportation Code to add Section 502.415, Voluntary Contribution to Ending Homelessness Fund. This section allows registrants of a motor vehicle in Texas to elect to contribute any amount of funds to the newly established EH Fund. The funds must be utilized to provide grants to counties and municipalities to combat homelessness. The EH Fund is currently averaging approximately $12,000 per month in donations.

The act requires the Department to adopt rules governing Applications for grants from the EH Fund, and the issuance of those grants. In drafting the rules, the Department seeks input from homeless and poverty program stakeholders, Program Participants in the Emergency Solutions Grants Program or Homeless Housing and Services Program, and other interested parties.

A full copy of the EH Fund staff draft rule is attached to this introduction topic. pdf Ending Homelessness Fund Staff Draft Rule - updated.pdf     

In addition, 10 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 7, Homelessness Programs, Subchapter A, General Provisions, is attached to this topic. Subchapter A includes defined terms used in the EH Fund staff draft rule. pdf Homelessness Programs General Provisions.pdf     

Questions about the online forum may be sent to Naomi Cantu, Coordinator for Homelessness Programs and Policy, at naomi.cantu@tdhca.state.tx.us.

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