Governor Abbott, TDHCA launch first Statewide COVID-19 rental relief program

Governor Greg Abbott
Posted at 9:49 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 10:49:26-05

AUSTIN, TX — Governor Abbott announced that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) launched the Texas Rent Relief Program. This is the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout the state.

The program was created to administer more than $1 billion to the Lone Star State by the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill.

TDHCA will begin accepting applications on Monday, February 15th. For more information about qualifications, required documents and the application process, visit TexasRentRelief.com.

"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 February 15th. The State of Texas will continue to provide the resources and support for those in need throughout the pandemic."

Households must be at or below 80% of the area median income as well as other criteria.

TDHCA will prioritize applications for households at or below 50% 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 co-sign the application.

Beginning February 15th, applicants can submit their application by calling 1-833-989-7368 or submitting it online at TexasRentRelief.com.

The call center will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.