On February 25, 2014, Ms. Cynthia de Luna, President & C.E.O. of the Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio, hosted an Open House ceremony for a Public Housing Homeownership Recipient. This program was initiated by the Housing Authority in 1996 and will strive to continue to realize the American Dream for other residents of Public Housing.
This memorable occasion was made possible by the contributions of our local Home Depot Store; Border Federal Credit Union; and the assistance of F.A. Construction, Westex Roofing, J.C. Cabinet Shop, O.K. Painting, J. Bosquez Construction, Amistad Consulting, Meza Heating & Air Conditioning, Chuy’s Electric, V & M Construction and staff of the Housing Authority. Also guests present were, members of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Honorable Mayor Robert “Bobby” Fernandez, the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and members of the various Resident Councils.
The mission of the Del Rio Housing Authority (DRHA) is to provide safe, decent, affordable and sanitary housing to the low and mixed income families of the City of Del Rio. DRHA was established on January 20, 1940 by a three member Board. The late Don Arturo Gonzalez, as President of LULAC Council #18, went door to door to obtain information from households about income, number of children, and education. Mr. Gonzalez was instrumental in getting the first federal grant to establish the DRHA. Mr. Gonzalez was also DRHA’s first Executive Director. Today, DRHA with over 50 years of experience, consists of several programs, assisting over 1,500 families. The programs are: Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Moderate Rehabilitation, USDA-Farm Labor Housing, State Funds, and the management of Section 202 Housing for the elderly.
Other programs include the Home Ownership Program, Capital Fund Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Amy Young Barrier Removal Program, after school tutoring, scholarships and the Family Self-sufficiency Program which provides services to residents to assist them in their goals and empowering them to become self sufficient. At the present time, applications are being accepted at the various DRHA properties or sites. For additional information, please stop by the Del Rio Housing Authority located at 207 N. Bedell St. or call (830) 774-6506.