Due to COVID-19, the Texas Rent Relief program was created by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in order to provide Texas tenants with financial assistance for rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities). TDHCA began accepting applications from landlords and tenants on February 15, 2021.
The Texas Rent Relief program helps renters with financial relief for the following:
Renters can apply for assistance with these costs back to March 13th, 2020. Both landlords and tenants are eligible to apply for this program.
A landlord can create an account to apply for unpaid or future rent on behalf of their tenants. The tenant can then sign the application and the payments will be issued directly to the landlord. Any payments issued to the landlord through the TDHCA program must be used to pay the tenant's rental balance.
Tenants must meet all 5 qualifications in order to be eligible for relief:
This program cannot be used for the following:
Note As of April 21st, 2021, tenants in public housing or receiving project-based voucher assistance are now eligible to apply for assistance with the tenant-based portion of rent and utilities. Previously, tenants in Section 8/voucher program housing or public housing units were not eligible to apply.
If you are not sure whether you qualify for relief, TDHCA has a list of questions you can use to find out if you qualify. You can also look up your area's median income to determine your eligibility.
Payments are made directly to the landlord or utility provider. A tenant can ask their landlord to apply on their behalf, or the tenant can apply directly and the system will follow up with the landlord for information. Payment is typically issued to the landlord within 14 days of completing an eligible application. If your landlord does not agree to accept the payment, the payment will be made directly to the tenant after a period of 21 days of attempted outreach to the landlord or utility provider.