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House Committee on Urban Affairs - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Robert Talton, Chair
Martha Wong, Vice Chair
José Menéndez, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Alma Allen
Kevin Bailey
Roy Blake, Jr.
Eddie Rodriguez
Charges
• Evaluate the alternative approaches and implications of short-term restrictions on new construction in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 4 percent tax credit-private activity bond program as well as its 9 percent tax credit program.
• Consider the implications of eliminating the lottery system for allocating 4 percent housing tax credit awards through the state's Private Activity Bond Program and replacing it with an alternative allocation system.
• Examine the home ownership rate for low-income Texans, and recommend suggestions on how home ownership rates can be improved for underserved populations.
• Compare and contrast Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administration of the Housing Tax Credit program with best practices around the country.
• Review the manner and procedures for the determination by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs of the annual Low Income Housing Tax Credits statewide including the 4 percent and 9 percent housing tax credit programs.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of current underwriting methods of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for its programs.
• Examine municipal regulation of mobile food vending vehicles.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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