Housing/Community Services Department

Land Acquistion / Land Bank Program

Land Transfer Program

The City of Dallas offers opportunities for nonprofit groups to develop affordable housing by acquiring tax foreclosed vacant lots or surplus vacant lots from the city's inventory. The City of Dallas receives vacant lots as the result of property tax foreclosure and may sell some of those properties to eligible nonprofit groups at a below market price for the development of affordable housing.  The City of Dallas may also sell surplus properties to other eligible entities at a below market price for the development of affordable housing.

For more information, regarding this program, contact the Housing/Community Services Department at 214-670-7315.

Release of Non-Tax Liens

The City of Dallas releases non-tax liens on privately held, tax delinquent property, in exchange for the development of affordable housing. Interested parties must apply for consideration and agree to pay the delinquent taxes, penalties and interest on the property.

For more information, regarding this program, contact the Housing/Community Services Department at 214-670-7315.

City of Dallas Land Bank

The City of Dallas Urban Land Bank Demonstration Program acquires unproductive, vacant and developable lots for affordable single-family housing development. The Land Bank helps to both reduce unproductive expenditures and increase local government revenues. This process is being implemented by means of tax foreclosure. A property has to meet certain criteria to be considered for Land Bank use; 1) owe at least five years in back taxes; and 2) the total taxes and non-tax liens must be greater than the Appraisal District's value of the property. The Land Bank will purchase the properties from a private Sheriff’s sale, maintain the properties and assemble groups of parcels for sale to for-profit and nonprofit developers. The Land Bank Lots are on the City's Interactive Map application.

Urban Land Bank Demonstration Program Plan Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Land Bank Program Summary

Land Bank Lots Available for Sale May 2014 (pdf)

Proposal Including Development Plan To Dallas Housing Acquisition And Development Corporation For Land Purchase And Affordable Housing Development

For more information about the Land Bank program, contact the Housing/Community Services Department at 214-670-7315.

Residential Development Acquisition Loan Program

Residential Development Acquisition Loan Program provides for direct City acquisition or loans for developer acquisition of vacant or improved properties for affordable housing development through rehabilitation or demolition and new construction.

For more information on the Residential Development Acquistion Loan Program, please call 214-670-3619.

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