After launching the Texas Rent Relief program in February on the day Texas experienced a statewide freeze and rolling blackouts, and after re-launching the program in mid-March with an improved application portal system, the operators of the Texas Rent Relief program are now moving quickly in the effort to distribute rental assistance provided to Texas through the passage of the 2020 Coronavirus Relief Bill. The TDHCA recently posted their first “dashboard” progress report on the fund distribution effort.
Funding for the Texas Rent Relief program totals $1,177,299,566. Of that amount, $40,053,652 has been paid to 5,695 households and another $14,352,355 payments are in process to help another 2,090 households. The statewide average assistance provided is $7,033. These numbers indicate that rental property owners had residents who were five or six months behind on rent before assistance became available.
In the Austin Apartment Association’s 11-county service area, a total of $2,365,561 has been paid to 347 households with another $1,160,606 payments in process.
In addition to the new dashboard, the Texas Rent Relief website’s “Forms & Resources” contains program documents, tenant and landlord checklists, outreach flyers and more. For questions about the program, call toll-free at 833-9TX-RENT (833-989-7368) Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org.