News Flash Home
The original item was published from 3/2/2023 3:35:00 PM to 8/29/2023 12:00:03 AM.

News Flash

News Releases

Posted on: February 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City seeks property donations for infill housing program

A residential home

The City of Victoria will forgive outstanding code enforcement fines for property owners who donate their abandoned properties to a new program that encourages private builders to turn eyesore vacant lots into modestly priced homes.

The City is partnering with the nonprofit Victoria Housing Finance Corporation on the new infill housing program, which is based on similar programs that have been successful in other cities.

Mike Etienne, Assistant City Manager“This program will allow more Victorians to become homeowners and will add more productive properties to our tax rolls, especially in older and more traditional neighborhoods,” said Assistant City Manager Mike Etienne, who has helped to manage infill housing programs in San Antonio and Virginia.

Residents who donate their properties will be able to receive a federal tax deduction.

The City will transfer donated land to private builders, who will be required to price their homes within a limited profit margin. The City will only consider builders who can build significantly below Victoria’s median home prices. 

Property owners or builders who are interested in the program may contact the City Manager’s Office at 361-485-3030 or

Because this is a new program, the City plans to transfer no more than 10 properties the first year. Interested property owners are encouraged to contact the City as soon as possible. City officials plan to begin seeking builders in the summer.

Residents who want to purchase the homes must be able to qualify for a mortgage with a private financial institution.

How it’s funded

This program does not use City funds. City officials plan to provide some assistance with down payments and closing costs using federal community development block grant funds, which must be used for community development and elimination of poverty in qualifying census tracts or otherwise benefit residents who qualify as low- to moderate-income as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Because of federal regulations, residents who want to receive this assistance must make no more than 80% of Victoria’s median family income. To find out if you qualify, view the table at

Other program costs will be funded by the Victoria Housing Finance Corporation, a self-sufficient agency that earns money through developer fees and bond issuance fees.

Learn more

To learn more about workforce housing and other City of Victoria housing initiatives, visit

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Releases

City of Victoria Municipal Court building

Candidate list finalized for City Council election; 3 seats uncontested

Posted on: February 16, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

Duck pond ribbon-cutting, fishing event postponed due to weather

Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Duane Crocker

New mayor to be sworn in Feb. 20

Posted on: February 9, 2024
Exterior of the public safety headquarters. A large two-story building with public safety logos

City nears groundbreaking for public safety headquarters

Posted on: February 7, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Logo for the Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank on April 13. Logo includes six flags.

Tickets selling out for Bicentennial Ball presented by Prosperity Bank

Posted on: February 6, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Aerial view of a large carnival at the Victoria Community Center grounds.

City seeks residents’ input on Victoria Community Center improvements

Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Riverside Park duck pond gazebo

City to host ribbon-cutting for Riverside Park duck pond

Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
People smiling and standing around a Municipal Court table.

Municipal Court plans extra court sessions for Warrant Resolution Month

Posted on: January 30, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 31, 2021
Five portrait headshots

Public Works announces certifications

Posted on: January 23, 2024
A gazebo overlook with railing lined by Christmas garland and surrounded by planter boxes

Duck pond reopens in Riverside Park

Posted on: December 15, 2023
Kids run and play in foam snowflakes. A woman holds a small child up high.

Merry on Main offers festive family fun

Posted on: December 12, 2023