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Resources available to assist with Texas Rent Relief Program

Synopsis

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has a number of resources to assist both property managers/owners and renters seeking support from the Texas Rent Relief program. Learn more about these resources, and the next free Texas Apartment Association rent program webinar June 16.


Key takeaways

  • Rental assistance funds are still available for past and future rent through the Texas Rent Relief Program (TRR), administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
  • Since its initial launch in February, the agency has simplified the application and certification process for both property owners and renters. See a detailed summary of the changes in place now.
  • TDHCA has a number of tutorials and other resources available to assist both renters and property owners who are looking for help from the TRR. TAA has collected these resources on our website COVID-19 resource page and renter information page for ready reference.
  • The Texas Apartment Association will host a free webinar June 16 at 10 a.m. to preview the re-application process (to reapply for additional aid when existing approved aid has been used), answer common questions about the program and share tips from property operators on navigating the program successfully. Reserve your spot now.

The Texas Rent Relief program has assisted close to 22,000 households, paying out more than $141 million in assistance through June 3, with another $106 million approved and pending disbursement. The majority of the funds paid are for back rent, though almost $59 million has been allocated to pay future rent. Funds can also be used to pay past and future utility costs for rental properties.

The program, administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, has almost $1.2 billion in total funds available through the first allocation of federal funds; an additional $1 billion is expected.

For an overall look at the Texas Rent Relief Program, including funds distributed, additional funds approved for payment, households assisted, average assistance provided, and more, view the agency’s program dashboard. You can also view statistics related to assistance provided through the Texas Eviction Diversion Program here.

TDHCA has a number of resources and tutorials available to assist property owners/managers and renters who are seeking assistance. You’ll find these (and more) on the program’s “Forms & Resources” page The Texas Apartment Association has also collected these on our COVID-19 resources page for members, and on our renter information page for renters.

Here are some of the helpful resources available:

Texas Rent Relief Program Tenant Application Tutorial

Texas Rent Relief Program Landlord Application Tutorial

Texas Rent Relief Program Landlord Assistance with a Tenant Application Tutorial

Texas Rent Relief Program Overview: From Applying to Getting Paid

Understanding the Status of Your Application 

Texas Rent Relief Program Payment Guide

Texas Rent Relief Program Webinar (video recording): How to Apply (English, Spanish, ASL)

Texas Rent Relief Program Webinar (pdf of slide presentation): How to Apply

The agency prioritizes applications for those who are participating in the Texas Eviction Diversion Program and applications that are older than 31 days old.

Responding to feedback from applicants and partners, TDHCA streamlined the Texas Rent Relief (TRR) program application and policies in late April to make applying easier and get payments out faster.

The new changes, effective April 21, are reflected in the materials and online application available at https://texasrentrelief.com/.

Review a detailed summary of the changes.

Please check the website frequently for updated documents, videos and FAQs, as TRR continues to improve and make changes.

Free TAA webinar on answering common questions on the Texas Rent Relief Program
The Texas Apartment Association will host a free webinar for members on Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Central to answer common questions about the Texas Rent Relief Program and offer tips from property operators on successfully managing the process. The program will be presented by TAA members and experts from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Reserve your spot today.

Funds still available
Funds are still available, and TDHCA encourages eligible landlords and households to apply with the simplified application. If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please visit the website Forms and Resources page: https://texasrentrelief.com/forms-resources, or contact Texas Rent Relief toll-free at 833/9TX-RENT (833/989-7368) Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email info@texasrentrelief.com.

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