Housing Reconstruction/ Rehabilitation Assistance Program available

By Donna M. Johnson,

Director of Housing Programs, Grant Works, Inc.

Judge Carlos Urias and the Commissioners Court are pleased to announce that the County of Culberson has been awarded HOME Program funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).  The TDHCA mission is to “help Texans achieve an improved quality of life through the development of better communities.”

The HOME Program provides funds to assist low income homeowners with repairs to bring their homes into compliance with local codes and construction specifications or to replace homes with a new house when repair costs are greater than the allowable limits for repairs.  Assistance requires no repayment as long as the homeowner continues to own and occupy their home for fifteen years.  Applicants must live in Van Horn or Ranch Estates and must own and occupy their homes.

Applications will be taken on April 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Culberson County Commissioners Courtroom, 300 La Caverna in Van Horn.   Some of the documents interested homeowners will need to bring are: copies of  social security cards for all persons living in the home; copies of photo I.Ds for all persons 18 years or older living in the home; copies of a voter registration card or a utility bill with the homeowner’s name and the property address listed; copies of six months of checking statements; copies of six months of pay stubs; a copy of the latest savings account statement; a copy of the social security income statement; a copy of the most current year’s property tax receipt; and a copy of the Deed for the property showing proof of ownership.  Additional documents may be required depending on individual circumstances.  Those interested should plan on spending four to six hours for the application process.

Grant Works, Inc. has been hired to administer the Program.  GrantWorks is the largest grant management firm in Texas, serving more than 300 predominantly rural cities and counties. This company brings together more than 60 professionals to meet the community development, planning, and housing needs of client communities. GrantWorks’ staff members have professional expertise in planning, city management, housing, environmental review, labor standards, lead based paint assessment, and other skills to implement every aspect of the project.

For more information, interested homeowners may pick up a flyer at the Culberson County Judge’s Office or can contact Karen Sutton at GrantWorks by calling: 361-287-3341 or emailing [email protected].



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