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Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Texas Community Development Program PDF Print E-mail

The TCDP, created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, is designed to promote the development of viable communities and upgrade the living conditions of low and moderate income persons.  This goal is accomplished by funding projects that improve public facilities and housing conditions in lower income neighborhoods, by expanding economic opportunities that create or retain jobs and by eliminating conditions hazardous to the public health.

All activities funded under TCDP must meet one or more of three criteria below:

  • Benefit primarily low and moderate income persons (at least 51% of the beneficiaries must have a family income of less than 80% of the area median income)
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; and/or
  • Meet other community development needs of particular urgency which represent an immediate threat to the health and safety of the residents of the community. 

The TCDP is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  There are two major categories of funding.  The Entitlement Category is for larger cities (such as Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange) and larger counties (such as Harris), while the Discretionary Category is for small cities and counties and channeled through the state government.  In Texas, the program is administered by the Office of Rural and Community Affairs (ORCA).

Jurisdictions eligible to participate under the Discretionary Category of TCDP funding are units of general purpose local government that are not eligible under the Entitlement Category.  In Southeast Texas, this includes seventeen eligible cities and all three counties (Hardin, Jefferson and Orange). 

Additional Resource Links:

Office of Rural Community Affairs 

For questions and/or comments concerning this program, please contact:

Shanna Burke 
Public Safety Division, Director
2210 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, TX  77703
Phone: (409) 899-8444, extension 7516
Fax: (409) 347-0138
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