Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. This program has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. TDHCA will begin accepting applications for the program on Monday, Feb. 15, but Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com now to learn more about qualifications, required documents and the application process.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant financial strain on many Texans, and the Texas Rent Relief Program will provide an incredible lifeline to households in need of assistance on their rent and utility payments," said Governor Abbott. "I urge qualifying households to apply for this program once applications open on Feb. 15. The State of Texas will continue to provide the resources and support for those in need throughout the pandemic."
To qualify, households must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income as well as meet other criteria. Per federal guidelines, TDHCA will prioritize applications for households at or below 50 percent of the area median income level and households where one or more members are currently unemployed and have been for at least 90 days. Landlords are encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants, who must cosign the application.
Beginning Feb. 15, applicants can submit their application by calling (833) 9TX-RENT ((833) 989-7368) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or by submitting it online at TexasRentRelief.com.