86th Legislative Session
Identical bills filed in House and Senate to cap property tax revenue at 2.5%
Identical property tax reform legislation has been filed in both chambers. HB2 and SB2 proposes lowering the rollback rate to 2.5% from the current 8% for all taxing units with more than $15 million in combined property and sales tax revenue. The Senate Property Tax Committee will hold a hearing for SB2 on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00am. Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Speaker Bonnen said the identical bills set the tone of both chambers working together this session.
Here is a the link to HB2.
General Land Office
The oldest state agency in Texas, the General Land Office (GLO) manages state lands, operates the Alamo, helps Texans recovering from natural disasters, helps fund Texas public education through the Permanent School Fund, provides benefits to Texas Veterans, and manages the vast Texas coast.
Education – The Texas Constitution of 1876 set aside half of Texas’ remaining public lands to establish a Permanent School Fund (PSF) to help finance public schools. The GLO manages these lands, including sales, trades, leases and improvements, as well as administration of contracts, mineral royalty rates and other transactions.
Energy – The General Land Office oversees over 13 million acres of land and mineral rights on behalf of the Permanent School Fund (PSF).
Veterans – The GLO provides veterans with access to land, home and home improvement loans that allow them to own their very own piece of Texas. We also offer State Veterans Cemeteries to honor those who have served, as well as State Veterans Homes that provide care to and dignity for veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents.
History – The GLO Archives and Records is home to more than 35.5 million documents and 45,000 maps, dating back to the year 1561, tracing the history of Texas’ public lands.
Land – The GLO manages state lands and mineral rights totaling 13 million acres. A primary responsibility of the GLO is to lease these lands for the benefit of the Permanent School Fund.
Coastal Management – The GLO is responsible for developing a comprehensive, long-term planning framework to ensure a resilient ecologic and economic management of the Texas coast.
Recovery – The GLO is the lead state agency for managing disaster recovery grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state.
The Small Business and Local Government Assistance (SBLGA) program provides confidential technical assistance without the threat of enforcement.
Permits and Licenses You Might Need – Look up your type of business to see what permits, licenses, registrations or other authorizations you may need from the TCEQ.
Establishing a New Public Water System: The Basics – Simplified overview of the essential points to consider in establishing a new public water system.
How Do I?
- Make an environmental complaint
- Sign up for e-mail updates
- Get involved
- Offer comments
- Track complaints, enforcement
- Know if I need a permit or license
- Find the status of a permit, license
- Check air quality in my area
Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is the state agency responsible for affordable housing, community and energy assistance programs, colonia activities, and regulation of the state’s manufactured housing industry.
The following TDHCA programs are open to eligible nonprofit organizations, such as Community Action Agencies; Community Housing Development Organizations; units of local government, Colonias; and Public Housing Authorities.
Build or Rehabilitate Single Family Homes in Rural Texas.
- HOME Program – Single Family Repair – Loans and grants for the rehabilitation of single family homes. This program includes, roof repair or replacement, electrical system and plumbing repairs.
- HOME Program – Rental Housing Development – Loans or grants for the development of affordable rental housing in rural Texas.
Build or Preserve Multifamily Rental Housing
- Housing Tax Credit Program – Used to fund the construction of high quality affordable rental communities in Texas.
- HOME Program – Rental Housing Development– Loans or grants for the development of affordable rental housing in rural Texas to eligible entities to develop or preserve affordable rental housing.
- Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bond Program – Loans for the acquisition or development of affordable rental units.
Homeownership Assistance / Deed Conversion
- Contract for Deed Conversion Initiative (HOME Division) – Used to support the facilitation of colonia-resident homeownership by converting contracts for deed into traditional mortgages.
- HOME Program – Homebuyer Assistance Program – Loans and grants to provide down payment and closing cost assistance.
- Texas Bootstrap Loan Program – Loans to purchase or refinance real property on which to improve existing or construct new residential housing through “sweat equity.”
- HOME Program – Tenant-Based Rental Assistance – Grants to provide rental assistance for two years.
Home Affordability: Energy Efficiency
- Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) – Funds to provide energy education, emergency utility bill payment assistance, and HVAC repair/replacement.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Funds to install weatherization materials and conduct energy conservation education.
Transitioning Texans Out of Poverty
- Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) – Funds Community Action Agencies to help provide a wide range of essential services designed to promote stability and self-sufficiency among low income individuals.
- Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program – Funds to provide shelter and related services to the homeless.
- Colonia Self-Help Centers (SHC) – Funds Self Help Centers in Cameron/Willacy, El Paso, Hidalgo, Maverick, Starr, and Val Verde, and Webb counties to provide technical assistance for community development activities, infrastructure improvements, and outreach and education.
Tools for Serving People with Disabilities
- Resources for Potential Administrators of TDHCA funds – Nonprofits interested in administering funds to serve people with disabilities are encouraged to check out TDHCA’s Programs for Administrators information.
- Technical Assistance and Training Resources – TDHCA also offers Technical assistance and training resources for nonprofits interested in creating affordable housing for people with disabilities coordinated with services.
- Local Service Providers – Contact local service providers in your area for information about services available to tenants with disabilities.