Page Last Updated: May 17, 2022
Application Portal Is Closed
Due to the total requests for assistance now exceeding all Texas Rent Relief funds available, the program has closed its application portal to new applications and additional funding requests.
As of January 13, 2022, Texas Rent Relief committed over 99% of its total funding. On March 14, 2022, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced limited additional funding of $47.8 million will be coming to the program. With this funding, TRR will review and process the applications already on file until all remaining funds are allocated.
For Those Who Have a Pending Application
We are notifying remaining applicants about their status and next steps. If we are able to process your application, we will contact you via email or phone. At this time, pending applications fall into one of four categories:
|How do I know if I’m in this category?||What are next steps?|
|Approved||You received an approval email about your application.
Approval Emails generally have subject line “Application Approved: Texas Rent Relief – Case ID ######”
|Rent assistance payments are currently taking an average of 14 days following approval, and utility assistance an average of 21-30 days.
If you have an upcoming eviction hearing, we encourage you to provide a copy of your approval email to your landlord and the court. More eviction prevention resources are listed below, and you may also visit our eviction diversion frequently asked questions.
|Might be Processed||You received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org on 12/18/21 with the subject line “TRR Update: Your Application is in Line for Review, Case ID ######” that included the following language:
“You are receiving this message because your application is in the line for review. We will continue reviewing applications already in the line for review, and expect to issue a final determination notice about your application/Case ID via email by February 2022.”
|Please continue to monitor your phone and email for any communication from Texas Rent Relief. You may check your application status through the online portal or contact us at 1-833-989-7368 with any questions.|
|Will Not be Funded||You received an email from email@example.com on 04/01/22 with the subject line “Texas Rent Relief Program Closed, Case ID ######” that included the following language:
“Unfortunately, you are receiving this message because you will not receive assistance from the Texas Rent Relief Program. This is the final notice of your Texas Rent Relief application status, and there is no opportunity to appeal as there are no funds remaining with which to assist you.”
|You will not receive assistance from the Texas Rent Relief Program given the program has committed all available funds.
You can no longer update your application. This is the final notice of your Texas Rent Relief application status, and there is no opportunity to appeal as there are no funds remaining with which to assist you.
If you are sued for eviction after this, or if you still need help paying rent or utility bills, we strongly encourage you to consider the assistance programs and eviction prevention resources listed below.
|Ineligible||You received an email about your application being ineligible.
Ineligible Emails generally have subject line “Application Ineligible: Texas Rent Relief Program, Case ID ######”
|You will not receive assistance from the Texas Rent Relief Program.
If you still need help paying rent or utility bills, we strongly encourage you to consider assistance programs and eviction prevention resources listed below.
Local Rent & Utility Assistance Programs in Texas
Over 30 Texas cities and counties also received emergency rent and utility assistance funding from the Treasury. Use this Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) search tool to see if they serve your area, or reference the list below. Texas Rent Relief is sharing these links while realizing that some of these programs may no longer have assistance available, as programs and fund availability is changing daily. If confirmed to not have funds, the link is provided with a note that their portal is closed. This list shows cities alphabetically, followed by counties alphabetically.
Arlington – CLOSED
Austin – CLOSED
Corpus Christi – CLOSED
Fort Worth – CLOSED
Houston – SEE HARRIS COUNTY ON THE COUNTIES LIST
Brazos County – CLOSED
El Paso County
Fort Bend County – CLOSED
Harris County – LIMITED FUNDS REMAINING – ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RENTERS WITH ACTIVE EVICTION CASES
Montgomery County – CLOSED
Tarrant County – CLOSED
Travis County – CLOSED
Webb County – CALL 956-523-4182
Alternative Assistance Options
If you still need help paying rent or utility bills, we strongly encourage you to consider other available assistance in your area. You can also:
- Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for a list of rental assistance programs in your area.
- Visit Help for Texans for a list of emergency rental assistance, utility bill payment help, and homeless services.
- Call 2-1-1 Texas or visit 2-1-1 Texas to learn about organizations helping with emergency rent and utility assistance.
- Reach out to your local city, county office or local housing authority to see if other programs are available.
Eviction Prevention Resources
If you are facing eviction, we encourage you to seek legal assistance, go to your eviction hearing and stay in communication with your landlord and the court. Visit https://texaslawhelp.org/eviction-referral or call 855-270-7655 for help understanding your options and seeking free or low-cost legal assistance.
We are currently not accepting new applications or additional funding requests, but may do so in the future if more funds are made available.
If additional funding becomes available at a later date, submitted applications will remain on file and will be reviewed in the order they were received and according to application review priorities.
If you would like to be notified of possible future opportunities to apply to the Texas Rent Relief program, please sign up here.