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Aging in Place Roundtable

TDA is pleased to announce the following opportunity:

Aging in Place: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Rescheduled Date:
August 20, 2021 at 1:00 - 2:00PM 

Meeting link available HERE  

Join us for a roundtable discussion on resources available for those members of your community who want to live in the residence of their choice, for as long as they are able, as they age.   Experts in the field will share information about services or other support that residents might need over time as their needs change.  Community leaders are encouraged to participate and share how these needs are met in your own community.

Panelists: 

Helen Eisert, LCSW-S|Senior Housing Policy Advisor, Office of Mental Health Coordination, Texas Health and Human Services

Judy Telge, Coastal Bend ADRC Housing Navigator, and, Director of Development, Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living

Alex Guerra, Board Director, Meals on Wheels Texas

David Ramos, Housing Specialist, AAA/ADRC of the Coastal Bend

This discussion opportunity is part of TDA’s efforts to Affirmatively Furth Fair Housing Choice.  Persons with disabilities, including age related disabilities, are a protected class covered by the Fair Housing Act.  This discussion will explore options to assist members of this protected class to continue to be important members of the community as their needs change.


2021 DRP Preliminary Scores Available

TDA is pleased to announce preliminary scoring has been completed for applications submitted under the 2021 Downtown Revitalization (DRP) Program. Scores have been posted on the TDA website at the link below; please review each score for accuracy. If you have any questions or comments, please email Crystal.Ortegon@TexasAgriculture.gov by July 29, 2021.

2021 DRP Preliminary Scores


Policy Issuance - Federal Revisions for Section 3 Requirements

The Texas Department of Agriculture announces Policy Issuance 20-01: Federal Revisions for Section 3 RequirementsThis Policy Issuance implements HUD’s Final Rule, which changes the ways in which the program’s Section 3 goals are defined and measured, and can be found in 24 CFR Part 75.  These changes will significantly impact the recordkeeping required for TxCDBG projects, so please review at the earliest opportunity to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.  Transition guidance for the new requirements are included in the Policy Issuance.  TDA has scheduled a webinar (details below) to provide an initial introduction to the new requirements, with additional training available as the transition date of July 1 nears.  

CDBG Over Coffee: New Section 3 Requirements
Thursday, May 20, 2:00 pm
Link to training can be found HERE.


TDA-GO Application Submissions

​Video instructions on How to Submit A TxCDBG Application in TDA-GO! are available to guide communities as they complete the final steps to submit 2021-2022 CD and 2021 DRP applications (2021-2022 CFC Applications due June 1, 2021 at 11:59PM)

Video Instructions on Solving Login Issues and Viewing Submitted Applications are available for users needing assistance logging into their account and wishing to view applications after they have been submitted in the system. Not include in the video: a user account will become locked after exceeding a number of failed login attempts - please reach out to TxCDBG Program Staff if you experience this issue.


Public Hearing - Comment on Draft 2021 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One Year Action Plan

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will hold one public hearing during a 31-day Public Comment period to accept public comment on the draft 2021 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan (the Plan). The Public Comment period for the draft Plan will be held Monday, April 26, 2021, through Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The one public hearing for the 2021 One-Year Action Plan is scheduled to take place as follows:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2:00 p.m. Austin local time

Via GoToWebinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3293607285601450768

Dial-in number: +1 (213) 929-4212
Access code: 110-094-260
(persons who use the dial-in number and access code without registering online will only be able to hear the public hearing and will not be able to ask questions or provide comments)

TDHCA, Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) prepared the Draft 2021 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan (the Plan) in accordance with 24 CFR Sec. 91.320. TDHCA coordinates the preparation of the State of Texas Consolidated Plan documents. The Plan covers the State's administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) by TDA, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) by DSHS, and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, and the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) by TDHCA.

The Plan reflects the intended uses of funds received by the State of Texas from HUD for Program Year 2021. The Program Year begins on September 1, 2021, and ends on August 31, 2022. The Plan also illustrates the State's strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 State of Texas Consolidated Plan.

The Plan may be accessed from TDHCA's Public Comment Web page at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. The public comment period for the Plan will be open on Monday, April 26, 2021, and run through Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Anyone may submit comments on the Plan in written form or oral testimony at the public hearing scheduled for May 5, 2021. In addition, written comments concerning the Plan may be submitted in the following ways:

1. by mail to: The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941

2. by email to: info@tdhca.state.tx.us

3. by fax to: (512) 475-0070

Comments may be submitted at any time during the comment period. Comments must be received no later than Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Austin local time.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services at the public hearing should contact Elizabeth Yevich, at (512) 463-7961 or Relay Texas at 1-800-735-2989 at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Non-English speaking individuals who require interpreters at the public hearing should contact Elena Peinado by phone at (512) 475-3814 or by email at elena.peinado@tdhca.state.tx.us at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


TDA Launches the TDA Grants Online (TDA-GO) System

TDA is pleased to announce the launch of the TDA Grants Online (TDA-GO!) system.  The first programs to use this system are the three open TxCDBG Fund Cycles (also known as Opportunities) – the Community Development Fund, the Colonia Fund: Construction program, and the Downtown Revitalization Program.

To access the TDA-GO system: https://tda-go.intelligrants.com/

To obtain Log-in Information:
 - Applicant Organizations requesting early account set up:  if your community (or administrative services provider) submitted information needed to establish the account, the Authorized Official should have received a system generated email this morning.  Please check your spam folder if you do not initially see this email.
 - Applicant Organizations that did not provide information for early account set up: please use the New User/Organization Registration link.  Please note: only the Authorized Official for the organization (local government) should complete this new user request.  Accounts for additional staff members can be created once the Organization is established.
 - If you did not receive an email, but you believe your organization’s information was submitted, please send an email to cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov, please include the name of the Applicant Community and Authorized Official, and if possible the date your information was submitted.

To request that a Third Party (Consultants, including COG Organizations) be allowed access to your application:

 - Third Party Access requested early: if your local government selected a third party application preparer, and this information was submitted prior to today, no additional action is needed.
 - New Third Party Access requests:  please complete the form on TDA's website.
 - If you believe your information was submitted, but your Consultant is not able to view the application, please send an email to cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov.


To review additional Program Materials and Training Opportunities:
 -TDA-GO Grant Recipient Training Manual can be found within the system, using the Training Materials link.
 - Various documents specific to TxCDBG applications within the TDA-GO! system are currently posted to the TDA website.  Additional materials may be posted as needed, including a link to the recording of today’s training, once available.
 - The first TDA- GO! Q&A session is currently scheduled for February 4th.  Additional training opportunities and Q&A sessions will continue to be scheduled and posted to the TDA website throughout the application period.
 - For specific technical assistance:
    - Related to CDBG requirements, please email cdbgapps@Texasagriculture.gov
    - Related to the TDA-GO! system, including CDBG applications, please email tda-go@texasagriculture.gov 


Online TxCDBG Certified Administrator Workshop

​TDA is pleased to announce the first virtual training opportunity for TxCDBG Grant Recipients and their service providers. Rather than conducting a series of implementation workshops around the state, TDA has created an online presentation covering key program material. Once an individual has reviewed the Online Workshop, they may take the certification test to become a Certified Administrator for the TxCDBG program for the coming year. The list of certified administrators posted to the TDA website will be updated in November, and periodically thereafter as additional persons become certified. 

To begin the Online TxCDBG Certified Administrator Workshop & Test, click HERE
For additional information about Professional Services for the TxCDBG program, click HERE
To access the full TxCDBG Implementation Manual, click HERE


TxCDBG Program Guidance and Applications - Social Distancing

​TxCDBG guidance that has been modified for social distancing has been collected HERE. This document will serve as an FAQ, and we will add topics as needed.

A fundamental component of the Texas CDBG program is the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons. For many communities, this means conducting a door-to-door survey of residents in a project area to document eligibility for grant funding. In this season of "social distancing", it is unknown when this work can safely be completed. 


2020-2021 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators

This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify grant administrators. Administrators that provide grant writing services and/or administration services for the TxCDBG Program are invited to submit applications. Local governments shall solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the TxCDBG program, and a subsequent administration services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for administrative services contracts up to $50,000. 

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators

Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators


TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Grant Administrators can be found HERE.


2020-2021 RFQ & Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

This is a two phase procurement process to pre-qualify planning services providers. Individuals or firms that provide planning services for the TxCDBG Program are invited to submit applications. Local governments shall solicit proposals from this pool for preparation of an application to the TxCDBG program, and a subsequent planning services is grant is awarded. This streamlined procurement process is for planning services contracts up to $50,000.

Request for Qualifications Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers

TDA's response to written inquiries regarding the 2020 RFQ and 2020 RFQ Application to Prequalify Planning Services Providers can be found HERE.


CDBG Listserv Signup

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers HUD's non-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Texas. In connection with that responsibility, dissemination of information (often time-sensitive) to stakeholders is important. Following are examples of information communicated to stakeholders: Notice of funding rounds, availability of funds, public notices, workshops, and general program information. Subscribe to CDBG by filling out the form located at the following link: 

http://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/cdbg

You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.


Fax Number Change:

Please be advised that faxes directed to TxCDBG should be sent to the following number, effective immediately: (888) 216-9867