Texas Launches Statewide Rental Relief Program

Governor Abbot announced a statewide rental relief program for Texans who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside the  Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the rent and utility assistance program aims to distribute more than $1 billion among families undergoing financial hardship. The funds will be allocated from the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill.

“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.”

In order to qualify, households must be at or below 80% of the area median income. Federal guidelines state that 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, will be prioritized. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their tenants, as long as they t co-sign the application.

The TDHCA will receive applications starting Monday, February 15th. For more information about qualifications, required documents, and the application process, visit

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