Update: (March 15, 2:34 p.m.)
AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to an updated announcement from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Texas Rent Relief Program application window drastically shortened after its Tuesday opening, now set to close on March 16 instead of March 28.
The announcement noted that the updated deadline comes after more than 70,000 applications were submitted within the first 24 hours of the program’s reopening. Officials noted that in comparison, the highest number of applications seen in a single day when the portal first opened in 2021 was less than 20,000.
Officials released a few further application notes in light of the deadline update, including:
- Applicants facing eviction will be prioritized as long as their application includes a valid eviction docket number.
- Applicants that have started an application but not completed it must upload all documents and submit the application by Thursday, March 16, at 11:59 a.m. CDT.
- Closing the portal with the new deadline “helps ensure program staff can more quickly review applications and distribute the remaining funds.”
AUSTIN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — According to a notice published on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs website, the Texas Rent Relief Program reopened on Tuesday and will accept applications until March 28 in order to distribute its remaining $96 million in funds.
“To date, Texas Rent Relief has served more than 316,000 households affected by the pandemic. We continue to see a strong need for assistance, and eviction filings statewide have now returned to pre-pandemic levels,” commented TDHCA Executive Director Bobby Wilkinson in the announcement. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to re-open the application portal for two weeks to help more Texas tenants and landlords.”
Notes about applications listed in the announcement included:
- First-time applicants may be eligible for up to 18 months of rent and utility bill assistance, either with past due payments or a combination of past due and up to three months of current and future payments made on their behalf.
- Returning applicants who have not received the maximum allowed 18 months of assistance for rent and/or utility bills can submit an Additional Funding Request via their existing online user account.
- Landlords are eligible to apply if they have paid on behalf of tenants.
- Applications will be processed in the order received and prioritize those facing eviction.
Eligible households can apply for assistance online or over the phone with the TRR call center at 833-9TX-RENT (833-989-7368), which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT on Mondays through Fridays.
Other rent-related resources included:
- Landlord Checklist
- Tenant Checklist
- Tenant Application and Certification
- Landlord Certification
- Tenant Certification
- Utility Provider Certification
- IRS W-9 Form
- Appeal Form
Those facing eviction were advised by the TDHCA to seek legal assistance, go to their eviction hearing, and stay in communication with their landlord and the court. They can visit resources online or call 855-270-7655 for help understanding their options and to seek free or low-cost legal assistance.