Access to decent affordable housing is a fundamental human need. Maintaining an adequate supply of housing is also an important component of a community's economic vitality and overall quality of life.

Regional Housing Plan

In 2020, H-GAC developed a high-level plan as a first step in identifying shared challenges and exploring ways the agency can support the efforts of the region’s local governments in achieving a range of housing choices that will sustain their future needs.

The first phase of this plan focuses on local governments within and including Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. H-GAC will incorporate the housing initiatives of the City of Houston, Harris County, and the cities contained therein in the future.

Regional Housing Plan

Fair Housing Act

The National Fair Housing Act, as amended, prohibits discrimination in housing and declares it a national policy to provide, within constitutional limits, for fair housing within the United States. The H-GAC Board of Directors recognizes April as Fair Housing Month for the Gulf Coast State Planning Region. H-GAC urges that all citizens of the Gulf Coast Region become aware of and support fair housing law.

Fair Housing Act

Multi-colored ribbon with phone numbers for HUD-1-800-669-9777

HUD Section 3 (Employment)

Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968 requires recipients of HUD funding to "direct employment, training, and contracting opportunities to low-income individuals and businesses that employee these persons within their communities".

In the Houston-Galveston Region, job opportunities for candidates who meet Section 3 requirements can be forwarded to:

Edward Kelly
Workforce Solutions Employer Service Supervisor
[email protected]

H-GAC's Application for Funding through PRO Housing

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is pursuing funding through the PRO Housing Grant to identify and remove barriers to affordable housing in the Houston-Galveston Area Council region. The PRO Housing Grant award ranges from $1 million to $10 million to be distributed to approximately 20 jurisdictions nationwide.

If selected, H-GAC will help set the foundation and vision for regional housing in the Texas Gulf Coast Planning Region, set the groundwork for regional cooperation to meet housing need, and stimulate local affordable housing production. Our goal is to develop the resources to stimulate housing production and the preservation of affordable housing for low-income and middle-income residents in the 13-county H-GAC region. This proposal builds on existing efforts in Harris County, but will not duplicate those efforts. The effort will focus strongly on communities who would benefit most from additional organizational capacity. Proposed activities include:

  • Current housing needs assessment and 10-, 20-, 30-year forecasts by income categories and projected population growth, which includes analysis of fair housing issues across the region

  • Analysis of infrastructure capacity and recommendations needed to accommodate affordable housing across the region

  • A detailed update of the 2020 H-GAC Regional Housing Plan

  • Resource development to stimulate rural housing production through capacity-building programs for local developers like a housing production entrepreneurship program, peer exchanges, speakers bureau, and matchmaking

  • Program development for technical assistance and funding for initiatives meant to preserve housing affordability in rural communities

  • Development of an affordable housing toolbox, community land trust toolbox, and homebuyer education

  • Coordination with the Livable Center Program, which would provide technical assistance to implement housing recommendations in past Livable Centers studies

Full text of the draft application is available for reference.

Public Comment

H-GAC accepted oral and written public comments from October 13, 2023, through October 27, 2023, by email, phone message, online form, postal mail, and hand delivery.

Public Hearing

In addition to the methods listed above, H-GAC also accepted oral and written comments related to the grant application during a public hearing on Thursday October 19, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hearing was held in person at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas, second floor conference rooms and on Zoom.

About this Grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will award a total of $85 million to urban and rural communities that are suffering from a lack of affordable housing. More information can be found at the grant website.