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Naomi Cantu

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The EH Fund Staff Draft Rule, 10 TAC §7.63, Availability of Funds, is attached to this online forum topic. pdf Ending Homelessness Fund - 7.63 Availability of Funds.pdf     

Through a series of roundtables, the Department staff has received public input that the Department should not create a new program with the funds until the minimum annual amount of funds received into the fund reaches $500,000 in a state fiscal year. It is suggested that prior to reaching that level annual amounts received  should be utilized by being incorporated into existing Department homeless programs: the Emergency Solutions Grants (“ESG”) Program and the Homeless Housing and Services Program (“HHSP”).

The Department’s ESG Program receives approximately $8.9 million per year from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is a competitive statewide program. More information about ESG can be found online at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/esgp/

HHSP is funded by Texas general revenue of approximately $4.9 million per year which is allocated to municipalities with populations over 285,500, as indicated in statute. More information about HHSP can be found online at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/hhsp/index.htm.

For the fiscal years in which the Fund is less than $500,000, the EH Fund resources will be distributed equally among the pool of eligible EH Fund Subrecipients (eligible EH Fund Subrecipients will be discussed in Topic Two). For the fiscal years in which the Fund is greater than $500,000, the EH Fund resources will be competitively awarded with a maximum award of $250,000 (competitive award process discussed in Topic Two). 

  1. Is $500,000 for a new statewide program a reasonable threshold? Do you have an alternative suggestion for determining when a new program should be created with these funds?
  2. Are the proposed award amounts for the EH Fund reasonable?

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