Support Community Press

You can show your support of a vibrant and healthy free press by becoming a voluntary subscriber.

Subscribe Now

Apply for rent relief starting Feb. 15

Texas rent relief program

The first statewide program targeting rental relief will start taking applications Monday, Feb. 15. Applicants must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income in order to apply. Staff photo by Alex Copeland

A new state government program aimed at helping people struggling to pay their rent and utility bills begins taking applications on Monday, Feb. 15, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Feb. 9. 

The Texas Rent Relief Program, launched by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), will administer more than $1 billion in allocated assistance funds provided by the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. It is the first statewide rent and utility assistance program.

Households must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income to apply. The program helps renters with the following costs, starting as far back as March 13, 2020:

  • past due, current, and up to three months of expected rent costs
  • past due, current, and up to three months of expected utility and home energy expenses

After the initial three months of forward assistance, renters can apply for an additional three months of assistance if funds are still available in the program. 

Applicants at or below 50 percent of the area median income level and households in which one or more members are currently unemployed and have been for the past 90 days will receive priority consideration, said the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Landlords can also apply on behalf of tenants who cosign the application — even if the landlord has already sued for eviction in their local court.

Visit TexasRentRelief.com or call 1-833-9TX-RENT for more information. Call centers are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The TDHCA provided a flow chart to help applicants determine if they are eligible: 

1 thought on “Apply for rent relief starting Feb. 15

  1. In regards to the article about rent relief, it would be most helpful if you also provided what the median income level is for Marble Falls and the surrounding areas. Thanks!

Comments are closed.

DailyTrib.com moderates all comments. Comments with profanity, violent or discriminatory language, defamatory statements, or threats will not be allowed. The opinions and views expressed here are those of the person commenting and do not necessarily reflect the official position of DailyTrib.com or Victory Media Marketing.