Category Archives: Housing

Arlington Updating Housing Strategy

The amount and type of housing within a city can serve as a snapshot of what it’s like to live there. City planning officials are hoping to learn more about the kinds of housing available in Arlington and what residents and local stakeholders think could be done differently or improved. The effort is designed to both satisfy federal fair housing guidelines and create a long-term Comprehensive Housing Strategy for the City. Leaders said they hope that the project will provide insight that Arlington needs to develop effective, informed and focused housing policies as well as guidance toward any future plans Read more…

Energy Efficient Homes for First-time Homebuyers

The City of Arlington’s non-profit homebuilder is experimenting with structural insulated panels (SIPS) to build an affordable single-family home on Biggs Terrace in East Arlington. The Tarrant County Housing Partnership (TCHP) has teamed up with the City of Arlington to build one of the city’s first homes using an energy-efficient Structural Insulated Panel system (SIP). SIPs create tight, well-insulated, stable housing structures which resist fire, wind, insects, and decay. TCHP purchased the panels for this home from Korwall Industries, Inc., located in Arlington. Building this type of home will provide tremendous savings to the homeowners, with estimated energy costs to Read more…

Arlington Housing Authority to Accept Applications for Housing Choice Voucher Program

  The Housing Authority of the City of Arlington (AHA) will resume accepting applications for its Housing Choice Voucher program. Applications will be accepted for two weeks during the open enrollment period beginning May 5, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., through Friday, May 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. The AHA will only accept applications via its web site. Applicants can apply 24 hours per day from any public or private computer at www.arlingtonhousing.us.  Applicants may use computer equipment at any branch of the Arlington Public Library, or a computer kiosk at the AHA office located at 501 W. Sanford, Suite 20, Read more…

Help for Those at Risk of Losing Their Homes

Beginning this week, Arlington residents at risk of eviction and homelessness can apply for financial assistance through the Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP). The Arlington HHSP is a state funded initiative that will be used to further the Arlington 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2019. The Arlington Housing Authority administers this grant on behalf of the City. The $289,345 HHSP grant will be utilized to provide short term rental housing assistance, homeless prevention, and case management services. The City anticipates that it will serve approximately 370 homeless persons (140 homeless households) from December 16, 2013 – September Read more…

Arlington Area Housing Market Improving

The housing market seems to be improving in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. According to a new report from CoreLogic, the number of completed home foreclosures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the last year has dropped 36 percent from 2012 levels. Lenders foreclosed on 7,264 area homes during the 12-month period ending in October—the lowest volume in more than five years. Overall, the metroplex ranked ninth nationally for foreclosures among the major cities CoreLogic surveyed. The percentage of seriously delinquent late home loans fell to 3.6 percent – down from 4.35 percent in October 2012. City of Arlington leaders are Read more…

Arlington to Host Annual Heart Association Golf Tournament at Tierra Verde

Join us for the City of Arlington’s Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 4 at the beautiful Tierra Verde Golf Club located at 705 Golf Club Drive in Arlington. This fun event is open to the public. The tournament will help the City of Arlington meet this year’s $60,000 fundraising goal to go toward American Heart Association programs and research. Heart disease and strokes claim more than 90,000 lives every year. The golf tournament is just one of many fundraising activities led by the City of Arlington and its employees to raise money for this worthy cause. Important Sponsors Read more…

Get Paid for Your Home Improvements

If you have been waiting to make those costly upgrades to your home, it’s time to make it happen. The Arlington Home Improvement Incentive Program is in place to help you pay for capital improvements and energy efficient renovations. How does it work? A one-time rebate equal to 10 times the amount of the increase in City taxes will be paid to the homeowner based on the property’s pre-improvement and post-improvement appraised value. For the purposes of this program, the Tarrant County Appraisal District will determine the home’s certified value. The rebate will be paid to the homeowner pursuant to Read more…

Help Available for Qualified Homebuyers in Arlington

If you are interested in becoming a homeowner in Arlington, help is now available. Qualified homebuyers can participate in the Arlington Housing Finance Corporation’s Mortgage Credit Certificate program, also known as MCC. The Arlington Housing Finance Corporation’s MCC Program is a federal income tax credit designed to assist those who are trying to become homeowners. With an MCC, the qualified homebuyer is eligible to write off up to $2,000 of the annual interest paid on the mortgage as a special tax credit. The credit can be claimed annually as long as the home is your principal residence. The AHFC has Read more…

Volunteers Still Needed for Arlington’s Homeless Count

Volunteer for Arlington’s Homeless Count Night on January 24, 2013, and make a difference for our community and those in need. The Arlington Housing Authority is looking for volunteers to go out and survey homeless individuals in several designated geographic areas throughout the city. The biennial Homeless Count Night is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness on any given night in Arlington and throughout Tarrant County. Information collected helps us better understand why they are homeless, so we can refine existing programs to best serve those in need. Data gathered also may impact the future Read more…

Arlington Housing Authority Renovates 2500th Home in Time for Christmas

Home for the holidays will have special meaning this year for one Arlington family who just had a major home renovation completed by the Arlington Housing Authority. Gene and Janis Gameson’s home was built in 1957 and the couple has lived there for the past 20 years. Their home was in desperate need of repair, but the disabled veteran and his wife couldn’t afford to make the improvements on their own. Then they heard about the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Arlington Housing Authority staff performed a unit assessment and cost estimate, and bid the work to approved contractors.  The Gameson’s home Read more…