Rental assistance offered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) Texas Rent Relief program found at www.texasrentrelief.com is designed to help renters who can’t afford rent for up to 15 months get back rent and assistance for up to three months of future rent, along with utility assistance.
Rent relief applications are being prioritized across the state in an effort to keep Texans in their homes as eviction moratoriums expire across the state.
With the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP), courts can put a temporary hold on the eviction process while the parties work toward assistance through the Texas Rent Relief program.
How to Navigate TexasRentRelief Website
- Visit www.texasrentrelief.com
If you do not know if you qualify you can click the “Do I Qualify” button to answer a few questions at the bottom of the page.
If you do qualify you can get prepared for the application process which at the bottom of the page gives you information to get you ready. Once you have the necessary information you can click either the Apply Now as a Landlord button or the Apply Now as a Tenant button.
Here’s some of the information needed:
- Help renters with these costs beginning March 13, 2020
- Past due, current and up to 2 months of expected rent costs
- Past due, current and up to 2 months of expected utility and home energy expenses
- After the initial 3 months of current/future assistance, you can apply for 3 additional months of assistance if funds are still available
Landlords Applying Info
Info is for landlords applying for their tenants that are behind on rent
Locate the units and households that are eligible including any tenants that have disabilities and have language barriers
Ensure those households meet the requirements to be eligible
Tenants Eligibility Info
Help renters with these costs beginning March 13, 2020
Past due, current and up to 2 months of expected rent costs
Past due, current and up to 2 months of expected utility and home energy expenses
After the initial 3 months of current/future assistance, you can apply for 3 additional months of assistance if funds are still available at texasrentrelief.com
Copy of signed lease
Rent receipts or proof of payment for the past 3 months paid rent
Government issued ID
Individuals facing eviction need to provide the following:
- Court docket number
- Just of the peace precinct number
- County of the court
- Income is under the program income limit
Households with 6 or fewer members receiving assistance from any of these programs should be in one of the following programs:
- Head Start
- Tribal TANF for head of household
- Veterans Affairs Disability Pension
- Survivor Pension
- Enhanced Survivor Benefits
- Section 306 disability pension
- WIC for households with three or fewer members
Income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income must show one of the following for all household members 18 or older:
- 2020 tax return
- Wage statement
- Interest statement
- Check stubs for the previous 30 days
- Current letter from your employer verifying gross wages
- Unemployment compensation
- Pension, retirement letter, social security, investment income
- Certifications for household members that identify as self-employed, receiving cash income, or receiving no income
Rent Relief Program Assistance
TDHCA is helping both TEDP eligible applicants and Texas renters in need during the pandemic. Both landlords and tenants will benefit from this program. Both are in need of financial stability right now.
To track the performance of the Texas Rent Relief program, the TDHCA launched a public dashboard, available at TexasRentRelief.com. It will provide data on the number of applications approved, the total assistance paid, geographical breakdowns of households assisted, and demographics of those assisted.
Contact TexasRentRelief Customer Service
Monday – Saturday 8am to 6pm CST
Texas Rent Relief Program
PO Box 671307
Houston, TX 77267