Construction Begins on New Dalhart Affordable Housing Development

March 6, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Dalhart to commence the construction of the Rita Blanca Apartments, a 28 unit affordable rental housing development targeted to low-income agricultural workers. To finance the construction of the Rita Blanca Apartments, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) has provided a 20-year loan totaling $356,125.  Additional financing totaling approximately $2.8 million is being provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. The Rita Blanca Apartments project is being developed by the Guadalupe Economic Services Corporation (GESC), a Texas nonprofit corporation. 

The Rita Blanca Apartments will be reserved for families earning 60% or less of the area median income, which is $32,220 for a family of four in Dalhart.   All units will receive project based rental assistance from USDA, which allows low-income residents to pay only 30% of their gross income on rent. Rita Blanca Apartments is expected to be ready for leasing by the Spring of 2014.  Leasing information is available by contacting Matt Archuleta at 505-258-1592. Click here for a copy of the press release.

Pictured from left to right: Leon Carey, USDA Rural Development Area Director; David Danenfelzer, TSAHC Manager of Development Finance; Diana Lopez, GESC Executive Director; City of Dalhart Mayor Kevin Caddell; Dallam County Judge David Field; and James Stroud, City of Dalhart City Manager.