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Rent assistance, eviction diversion programs in Texas helping keep Texans housed

Synopsis

Programs and rental assistance funds are available and being effectively distributed in Texas, which can help keep Texans in need housed.


Key takeaways

  • Two programs helping to keep Texans in need housed are available statewide and working effectively.
  • Together the Texas Rent Relief Program and Texas Eviction Diversion Program have distributed more than $736 million and provided assistance to more than 122,000 households, as of September 2.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium exceeded the agency’s authority.
  • The Texas Apartment Association continues to encourage rental property owners to work with renters to avoid evictions whenever possible.  

While the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium exceeded the agency’s authority, the Texas Apartment Association continues to encourage rental property owners to work with renters to avoid evictions whenever possible.

Two programs helping to keep Texans in need housed are available statewide and working effectively.

Rental assistance is available for eligible residents through the Texas Rent Relief program (TRRP), local programs in more than 35 Texas cities/counties and other sources. In addition, in situations where an eviction case has been filed, the parties may voluntarily agree to participate in the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP).

While some rent relief programs have been slow getting off the ground, TRRP has been one of the most successful in the nation. Together the TRRP and TEDP have distributed more than $736 million and provided assistance to more than 122,000 households, as of September 2.

Rental assistance funds can pay for past-due rent and utilities and future rent, for a total of up to 15 months. Funding from legislation passed last December is still available, and additional funding is expected to be released soon from the American Recovery Act.

Visit www.texasrentrelief.com for information about the TRRP or the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at www.consumerfinance.gov/renthelp to find rental assistance providers in your area.

More information about the TEDP can be found at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/TEDP.htm.

View the National Apartment Association’s statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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