November 04, 2015


Washington, D.C. - Congressmen Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) today announced $2,779,683 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support affordable housing in San Antonio. Bexar County will receive the funding through the Community Development Block Grants program, the Emergency Solutions Grants program, and the HOME program.  
"Having an affordable place to live gives folks stability and security that help them pursue their dreams,"? said Rep. Castro. "Bexar County will be able to move more homeless families off the streets and increase the opportunities for individuals of all income levels to find safe, affordable housing options in our city. By ensuring San Antonians don't slip through the cracks, we'll better be able to maximize our city's potential. With these grants and the housing they support, HUD is helping lay the foundation of opportunity for so many individuals in Bexar County."
"I am pleased to learn about the new money available in federal grants for affordable housing through the Community Development Block Grants program in San Antonio,"? Congressman Cuellar said. "Affordable housing gives many people the opportunity to secure a safe and quality place to live as they build their lives."?
"For some disadvantaged local families, this provides more than a roof over their heads, it offers a sense of security and a chance to climb the economic ladder,"? said Rep. Doggett. "With investments in locally-owned businesses and affordable housing, San Antonio's economic development will continue to expand as this becomes an even better place for more to call home."?
The Community Development Block Grants program provides annual grants to states and local governments to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to states and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.
The Emergency Solutions Grants program provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; improve the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; and provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.