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City of Killeen offering rental assistance, eviction diversion assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19

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Posted at 8:26 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 21:26:54-05

KILLEEN, TX — The City of Killeen has announced it is offering rental assistance and eviction diversion assistance to residence who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Applicants must be Killeen residents and have "experienced a negative financial impact on the household resulting from COVID-19." Residence must also be below 80% of the area median income based on household size.

Assistance is limited and granted on a first come, first served basis.

The City will help with up to six months of consecutive rental payments, if required. Rental lease expiration terms will allow for any future payments.

This assistance may include past rends that were due from April 1, 2020 and forward.

Landlords must agree to participate in this program and waive late fees for eligible applicants.

The City of Killeen says the funding for this program was made available through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Residents are able to apply for the Texas Eviction Diversion Program if they have been sued for eviction due to non-payment of rents related to COVID-19. Landlords must agree to waive late fees and not charge court costs to tenants.

All referrals for the eviction diversion program will come from the justice of the peace local courts that hear eviction cases in Killeen.

Online applications are open now. To apply, click here.