The Texas Rent Relief Program provides money to pay for rent and/or utilities only. You may receive assistance faster if your landlord applies for you. If your landlord is willing to participate, please work with your landlord and have them apply on your behalf by using the Landlord Portal at www.texasrentrelief.com.
If your landlord submits an application on your behalf, you do not need to start an application yourself. Instead, after your landlord’s profile is complete and submitted, the system will automatically email you and prompt you to complete your own profile.
You may also choose to submit an application on your behalf, in which case you can complete this application.
If your application is found to be eligible, the Texas Rent Relief Program will first try to pay your landlord and/or utility provider. If your landlord and/or utility provider does not accept the payment, the Texas Rent Relief Program will try to contact your landlord and/or utility provider for 21 days to confirm that they do not want to be paid directly.
The Texas Rent Relief program will only pay you after contacting or trying to contact your landlord and/or utility provider. If you receive payment directly from the Texas Rent Relief Program, you must use it to pay your landlord and/or utility provider.
Renter households must have an income no more than 80 percent of area median income (AMI) ? Click this link and find your county of residence. If your income is less than the 50% AMI listed for your household size in your county, you may meet the criteria for a priority application. AND one or more members of the household must have either:
- qualified for unemployment benefits, OR
- attest in writing that due to or during the pandemic they:
- experienced a reduction in income,
- incurred significant costs, or
- experienced other financial hardship.
AND one or more individuals within the household must demonstrate they:
- are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include a past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, OR
- are at risk of needing to move into unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions.
For all applications received by Feb. 28, TDHCA will first review and commit funds to applicants who meet one of the two priority groups below:
- Have incomes at or below 50% Area Median Income ? Click this link and find your county of residence. If your income is less than the 50% AMI listed for your household size in your county, you may meet the criteria for a priority application., OR
- Households where one or more household members are unemployed as of the date you apply for assistance, AND one or more household members (this can be the same household member) were unemployed for 90 days prior to the date you apply for assistance.
Preliminary Screening Questions
You may be eligible for the Texas Rent Relief Program and can begin the application process if you answer “Yes” to all of the five (5) questions below. If you answer “No” to any of the following questions you may not be eligible for assistance, however you may continue to apply for assistance and your application will be thoroughly reviewed.
Documents Needed To Apply
As part of the Program application, all tenants and household members will be required to submit the following documentation required to perform the eligibility review:
- Government-issued or other personal ID for at least one household member on the lease
- Copy of rent or lease agreement (or rent receipt)
- Evidence of unemployment benefits, if applicable
- Notices of late rent payment or notice to evict, if applicable
- Copies of past due utility bills, if utility assistance is being requested
- Income Documentation for all household members above the age of 18 (or head and/or co-head of household if all members are under 18) must be provided from one of the two options in the Tenant Income information section of this application.