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RULE §20.3Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise. Any capitalized terms not specifically defined in this section or any section referenced in this chapter shall have the meaning as defined in Chapter 2306 of the Tex. Gov't Code, the Program Rules, the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), or applicable federal regulations.

  (1) Activity--The assistance provided to a specific Household or Administrator by which funds are used for acquisition, new construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, refinance of an existing Mortgage, tenant-based rental assistance, or other Department approved Expenditure under a single family housing Program.

  (2) Administrator--A unit of local government, Nonprofit Organization or other entity acting as a subrecipient, Developer, or similar organization that has an executed written Agreement with the Department.

  (3) Affirmative Marketing Plan--HUD Form 935.2B or equivalent plan created in accordance with HUD requirements to direct specific marketing and outreach to potential tenants and homebuyers who are considered "least likely" to know about or apply for housing based on an evaluation of market area data. May be referred to as "Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan" (AFHMP).

  (4) Affiliate--If, directly or indirectly, either one Controls or has the power to Control the other or a third person Controls or has the power to Control both. The Department may determine Control to include, but not be limited to:

    (A) Interlocking management or ownership;

    (B) Identity of interests among family members;

    (C) Shared facilities and equipment;

    (D) Common use of employees; or

    (E) A business entity which has been organized following the exclusion of a person which has the same or similar management, ownership, or principal employees as the excluded person.

  (5) Affiliated Party--A person or entity with a contractual relationship with the Administrator as it relates to a Program, the form of assistance under a Program, or an Activity.

  (6) Agreement--Same as "Contract." May be referred to as a "Reservation System Agreement" or "Reservation Agreement" when providing access to the Department's Reservation System as defined in this chapter.

  (7) Amy Young Barrier Removal Program--A program designed to remove barriers and address immediate health and safety issues for Persons with Disabilities as outlined in the Program Rule.

  (8) Annual Income--The definition of Annual Income and the methods utilized to establish eligibility for housing or other types of assistance as defined under the Program Rule.

  (9) Applicant--An individual, unit of local government, nonprofit corporation or other entity, as applicable, who has submitted to the Department or to an Administrator an Application for Department funds or other assistance.

  (10) Application--A request for a Contract award or a request to participate in a Reservation System submitted by an Applicant to the Department in a form prescribed by the Department, including any exhibits or other supporting material.

  (11) Area Median Family Income (AMFI)--The income limits published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Housing Choice Voucher Program that is used by the Department to determine the income eligibility of Households to participate in Single Family Programs.

  (12) Borrower--a Household that is borrowing funds from or through the Department for the acquisition, new construction and/or rehabilitation of the Household's Principal Residence.

  (13) Certificate of Occupancy--Document issued by a local authority to the owner of premises attesting that the structure has been built in accordance with building ordinances.

  (14) CFR--Code of Federal Regulations.

  (15) Combined Loan to Value (CLTV)--The aggregate principal balance of all the Mortgage Loans, including Forgivable Loans, divided by the appraised value.

  (16) Competitive Application Cycle--A defined period of time that Applications may be submitted according to a published Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) that will include a submission deadline and selection or scoring criteria.

  (17) Concern--A policy, practice or procedure that has not yet resulted in a Finding, but if not changed will or may result in a Finding, or disallowed costs.

  (18) Contract--The executed written agreement between the Department and an Administrator performing an Activity related to a single family Program that describes performance requirements and responsibilities. May also be referred to as "Agreement."

  (19) Contract Term--The timeframe in which funds may be expended under the Contract or Agreement for certain administrative costs and for all the hard and soft costs of Activities, as further described in the Contract or Agreement.

  (20) Control--The possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management, operations or policies of any person or entity, whether through the ownership of voting securities, ownership interests, or by contract or otherwise.

  (21) Debt--A duty or obligation to pay money to a creditor, lender, or person which can include car payments, credit card bills, loans, child support payments, and student loans.

  (22) Debt-to-Income Ratio--The percentage of gross monthly income from Qualifying Income that goes towards paying off Debts and is calculated by dividing total recurring monthly Debt by gross monthly income expressed as a percentage.

  (23) Deobligate--The cancellation of or release of funds under a Contract or Agreement as a result of expiration of, termination of, or reduction of funds under a Contract or Agreement.

  (24) Developer--Any person, general partner, Affiliate, or Affiliated Party or affiliate of a person who owns or proposes a Development or expects to acquire control of a Development and is the person responsible for performing under the Contract with the Department.

  (25) Development--A residential housing project for homeownership that consists of one or more units owned by the Developer during the development period and financed under a common plan which has applied for Department funds. This includes a project consisting of multiple units of housing that are located on scattered sites.

  (26) Domestic Farm Laborer--Individuals (and the Household) who receive a substantial portion of their income from the production or handling of agricultural or aquacultural products.

  (27) Draw Request--A request submitted to the Department, by an Administrator, seeking reimbursement of Program funds for completing an expenditure relating to the Program.

  (28) Enforcement Committee--The Committee as defined in Chapter 2 of this title (relating to Enforcement).

  (29) Finding--An Administrator's material failure to comply with rules, regulations, the terms of the Contract, or to provide services under a Program to meet appropriate standards, goals, and other requirements established by the Department or funding source (including performance objectives). A Finding impacts the organization's ability to achieve the goals of the program and may jeopardize continued operations of the Administrator. A Finding includes the identification of an action or failure to act that results or may result in disallowed costs.

  (30) Forgivable Loan--Financial assistance in the form of a Mortgage Loan that is not required to be repaid if the terms of the Mortgage Loan are met.

  (31) HOME Program--A HUD funded Program authorized under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program at 42 U.S.C. §§12701 - 12839.

  (32) Household--One or more persons occupying a rental unit or owner-occupied Single Family Housing Unit as their primary residence. May also be referred to as a "family" or "beneficiary."

  (33) Housing Contract System (HCS)--The electronic information system or systems that are part of the "central database" established by the Department to be used for tracking, funding, and reporting single family Contracts and Activities. May also be known as Contract System.

  (34) HUD--The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or its successor.

  (35) Improvement Survey--A boundary survey plus land improvements by a Texas surveyor with a surveyor's seal, license number, and signature, meeting the requirements of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying under Chapter 663, Part 29, Title 2 of the TAC, showing (at a minimum) the accompanying legal description; all boundaries clearly labeled with calls and distance found on the ground and per the legal description; the location of all improvements, structures, visible utilities, fences, or walls; any boundary or visible encroachments; all adjoinders and recording information; location of all easements, setback lines, and utilities; or other recorded matters affecting the use of the property.

  (36) Life-of-Loan Flood Certification--Tracks the flood zone of the Single Family Housing Unit for the life of the Mortgage Loan.

  (37) Limited English Proficiency (LEP)--Refers to persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English.

  (38) Loan Assumption--An agreement between the buyer and seller of Single Family Housing Unit that the buyer will make remaining payments and adhere to terms and conditions of an existing Mortgage Loan on the Single Family Housing Unit and Program requirements. A Mortgage Loan assumption requires written Department approval.

  (39) Manufactured Housing Unit (MHU)--A structure that meets the requirements of Texas Manufactured Housing Standards Act, Chapter 1201 of the Texas Occupations Code or Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guidelines as required by the Department.

  (40) Mortgage--Has the same meaning as defined in §2306.004 of the Tex. Gov't Code.

  (41) Mortgage Loan--Has the same meaning as defined in §2306.004 of the Tex. Gov't Code.

  (42) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)--A HUD-funded program authorized by HR3221, the "Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008" (HERA) and Section 1497 of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as a supplemental allocation to the CDBG Program.

  (43) NOFA--Notice of Funding Availability or announcement of funding published by the Department notifying the public of available funds for a particular Program with certain requirements.

  (44) Nonprofit Organization--An organization in which no part of its income is distributable to its members, directors or officers of the organization and has a current tax exemption classification status from the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code.

  (45) Office of Colonia Initiatives--A division of the Department authorized under Chapter 2306 of Tex. Gov't Code, which acts as a liaison to the colonias and manages some Programs in the colonias.

  (46) Parity Lien--A lien position whereby two or more lenders share a security interest of equal priority in the collateral.

  (47) Persons with Disabilities--Any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or has a record of such an impairment; or is being regarded as having such impairment. Included in this meaning is the term handicap as defined in the Fair Housing Act, and disability as defined by other applicable federal or state law.

  (48) Principal Residence--The primary Single Family Housing Unit that a Household inhabits. May also be referred to as "primary residence."

  (49) Program--The specific fund source from which single family funds are applied for and used.

  (50) Program Income--Gross income received by the Administrator or Affiliate directly generated from the use of single family funds, including, but not limited to gross income received from matching contributions under the HOME Program.

  (51) Program Manual--A set of guidelines designed to be an implementation tool for a single family Program. A Program Manual is developed by the Department and amended or supplemented from time to time.

  (52) Program Rule--Chapters of Part 1 of this title which pertain to specific single family Program requirements.

  (53) Qualifying Income--The income used to calculate the Borrower's debt-to-income ratio and excludes the total of any income not received consistently for the past 12 months from the date of Application including, but not limited to, income from a full or part time job that lacks a stable job history, potential bonuses, commissions, and child support. Income received for less than 12 months such as retirement annuity or court ordered payments will be considered only if it is expected to continue at least 24 months in the foreseeable future.

  (54) Reservation--Funds set-aside for a Household submitted through the Department's Reservation System.

  (55) Reservation System--The Department's online tracking system that allows Administrators to reserve funds for a specific Household.


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