Texas Rent Relief provides $1 billion in assistance

The program is the first in the nation to provide this amount to over 174,000 residents

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thursday, Oct. 14, Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) announced the Texas Rent Relief Program has given over $1 billion in rental and utility assistance to more than 174,000 Texas households. Another $52 million has already been committed to being paid.

Texas is the first state to distribute $1 billion in rent relief funds and has over $900 million remaining. The program launched in mid-February. Texas, so far, has served more households and provided more relief funds than any other state, reaching 95% of its counties.

“The Texas Rent Relief Program continues to provide an invaluable lifeline to Texans in need of assistance on their rent and utilities,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas is committed to helping households who have experienced significant financial strains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to be the first in the nation to achieve this billion dollar milestone.”

“The Texas Rent Relief program has reached a major milestone, one that wouldn’t be possible without our partners, community and team members working together to assist Texans in need,” said Bobby Wilkinson, TDHCA Executive Director. “Crossing the $1 billion mark shows we were able to address a great and pressing need that is still present here in our state, but it’s important we continue to work vigorously to get help out as quickly as possible.”

Texans can apply for the program by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368). They can also submit their application online at TexasRentRelief.com. The call center’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To qualify, your household use be at or below 80% of the area median income, as well as meet other criteria. Landlords are encouraged to apply on behalf of tenants. Tenants then must co-sign the application.

By the numbers:

  • More than $1 billion has been paid to more than 174,000 households.
  • The program is reaching all corners of Texas, providing assistance to households in 241 out of 254 Texas counties – that’s a 95% reach of the vast Texas territory.
  • More than 82% of the households served are either extremely low or low income, falling at or below 50% of their area median income.
  • The program is prioritizing people at risk of eviction – more than 15,000 applicants have had their evictions stopped and removed from their credit records and have received more than $126 million in assistance.
  • TDHCA provides a public dashboard to report on the program’s performance at TexasRentRelief.com.