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Texas Rent Relief Program Provides Assistance To Texans

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is administering $1.3 billion in emergency Federal relief funds to help income-eligible Texans struggling to keep up with rent and utility payments during the pandemic. The following provides data analysis of the Texas Rent Relief Program to date: Employs more than 1,450 staff, most working seven days a week to help applicants across all 254 Texas counties. Assistance continues to grow with an average of $3.5 million approved per day, with marked increases seen weekly.

Over $53 million has been paid or is in the process of receiving money.

They prioritize those at risk of eviction, and they have approved 3,310 eviction diversion applicants for approximately $24 million in assistance.

It represents 40% of the eviction diversion applicants. Nearly 4,300 applications are under review or in final review before approval for payment. Of those under consideration, 50% are missing information or documentation. In these cases, our team has reached out to the applicant and is awaiting a response. Tenants can provide eviction information within their application, which will put the application in the priority group. If the landlord files for eviction after the application is submitted, the tenant can call us at 833-989-7368 to provide their court docket number, precinct number, and county of the court information to prioritize their application.

Once the Texas Rent Relief begins processing an application for eligibility, there is a delay in receiving the documentation necessary to approve funding.

Currently, just over 96,400 applications submitted, with 90% in the initial review, final review, pending payment, or paid. There are approximately 25,000 outstanding requests for missing documentation. Applicants need to ensure all email and phone contact information is correct, check spam email folders and voice messages and respond accordingly as Texas Rent Relief Program staff attempt to finalize applications for approval.

TDHCA launched a public dashboard to report on the program’s performance, available at [].

Households must have incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income and meet other criteria to qualify for assistance. Full eligibility details at [].

The Texas Rent Relief Program can help renters with costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020:Past due, current, and up to two months of expected rent costs. Past due, current, and up to two months of expected utility and home energy expenses. After the initial three months of forwarding assistance, you can apply for three additional months of service if funds are still available.