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TAA webinar offers updates on state rental assistance program, additional funding requests

Synopsis

Last month the Texas Apartment Association partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs on a webinar updating members on the state’s rental assistance program and the latest program developments.


Key takeaways

  • The Texas Apartment Association partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs last month on another webinar updating members on the latest developments in the state’s rental assistance program.
  • View the recorded webinar and presentation slides here. (Note, member login required.)
  • This latest webinar focused on program updates concerning “additional funding requests” when renters have received initial assistance from the state’s program but are eligible for more funding, as well as updates on new resources available to property owners and renters to help them navigate the program.
  • The state’s rental assistance program has been one of the most successful in the nation. The program has distributed more than $900 million and provided assistance to more than 154,000 households, as of October 5.

The Texas Apartment Association partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs last month on another webinar updating members on the latest developments in the state’s rental assistance program.

Members may view the recorded webinar and presentation slides here. (Note, member login required.)

This latest webinar focused on program updates concerning “additional funding requests” when renters have received initial assistance from the state’s program but are eligible for more funding, as well as updates on new resources available to property owners and renters to help them navigate the program. TDHCA staff also updated TAA members on program enhancements in the works.

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). The Supreme Court of Texas recently extended the TEDP through December 1. (See related story.) TDHCA prioritizes assistance applications filed when an eviction is pending.

TRRP has been one of the most successful rental assistance programs in the nation. Together the TRRP and TEDP have distributed more than $900 million and provided assistance to more than 154,000 households, as of October 5.

Rental assistance funds can pay for past-due rent and utilities and future rent, for a total of up to 15 months. Texas received more than $1 billion in funding for rental assistance from legislation passed last December, and an additional $826 million will be available from the American Recovery Act, so funds are still available for eligible renters in need.

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.

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