Travis County Set to Launch Rent Relief Program on Monday, April 19


Social media and related outreach efforts will commence to direct Travis County residents struggling to meet current or past rental expenses to apply for rent assistance. The assistance will be available to those impacted by COVID-19 but any residents experiencing financial hardship are also eligible.  

Full details and an official application portal have not yet been released, but to be eligible for the relief funds residents must earn 80 percent or less of the area median income. That figure ranges from $54,700 for a one-person household up to $74,350 for a five-person household.

For the first thirty days of the program’s launch Travis County will prioritize individuals who have experienced unemployment at any point 90 days prior to their application, in addition to individuals with incomes at or below 50 percent of area median income.

Like the other program operating on the region, funding comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed last December that authorized $35 billion in emergency rental programs to be funded by the U.S. Treasury. Travis County was allotted $10.7 million of that federal relief funding designated for households most in need.

The AAA expects more informaiotn and program details to be posted at the Travis County website starting on Monday.