The Texas Rent Relief Program launched in February 2021 as the first and only statewide rent and utility assistance program in Texas. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) administered the program with Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
By providing rent and utility assistance, Texas Rent Relief helped low and moderate income Texas renters remain stably housed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal reporting showed that Texas Rent Relief served more households than any other state using Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funds nationwide.
Click on the laptop icon to the right to view the program’s public dashboard to learn more about the program’s performance.
By the Numbers
|Over $2 billion in rent and utility assistance paid to more than 310,000 Texas households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their housing.|
|249 out of 254 Texas counties served – a 98% reach of the vast Texas territory.|
|More than 82% of households served were at or below 50% of their area median income.|
|Through the Texas Eviction Diversion Program partnership with the courts, more than 21,000 applicants received more than $200 million in assistance and had their evictions stopped and made confidential from their records.|
|Historic $40 million for legal services to keep Texans housed and prevent homelessness. So far, 11,097 households have received free legal assistance, including representation in eviction court, legal counsel and mediation services. Through Housing Stability Clinics, subawardees have assisted 10,496 households facing housing instability with free legal counsel, including eviction and fair housing violations.|
|More than 380,000 bilingual (English and Spanish) postcards mailed to low-income renters statewide and nearly 500,000 flyers and doorhangers distributed to community partners in five different languages.|
|TexasRentRelief.com had more than 3 million users and 16 million pageviews, including views of content in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese.|
For many, the Texas Rent Relief program offered a second chance to catch up and get life back on track. Hear from a few Texans who participated and found relief through the program.
“I have never needed help like this before, but knowing that [relief] was coming, lifted a huge burden I’ve been carrying for months off my shoulders.”
– Samaj N., Austin Tenant
“I felt like I could finally take a breath. Now I can focus on my business that I depend on so much, building back my clientele and business to what it can be.”
– Johnny F., Dallas Tenant
“The program gave me a second chance to catch up on our bills and have a home for my family. We are very appreciative of Texas Rent Relief to get us through a difficult time.”
– Tunde G., Tarrant County Tenant
This effort would not have been possible without feedback from tenants, landlords and utility providers throughout the development of the program. TDHCA is grateful for the collaboration from apartment associations, tenant organizations, legal aid providers, utility providers, local Emergency Rental Assistance Program administrators, statewide agencies such as the Office of Court Administration, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Public Utilities Commission, and elected officials statewide. These stakeholders helped Texas Rent Relief share outreach materials and information about available assistance so those most at risk of eviction or utility disconnection could get the help they needed.
Download the Texas Rent Relief Program Highlights PDF
Page Last Updated: June 3, 2022