Texas renters, homeowners: Need help paying your utilities bill? Everything you need to know about state’s assistance program
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs said Thursday that it launched Texas Utility Help to help eligible low-income Texas homeowners and renters pay their utility bills.
Can you apply for FEMA if you have insurance? Top questions answered
Is FEMA help available for renters too? When you are applying for FEMA help you need to have your social security number, annual household income, contact information, insurance information (if you have it), and bank account information. Christine Tremonte said she is still waiting for FEMA assistance money after filing for assistance after Hurricane Harvey. Christine’s tale should not discourage you from applying for FEMA assistance. FEMA money for this freeze is more for immediate needs.
How and when landlords and tenants can apply for up to 15 months of rent and utility assistance
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is administering the Texas Rent Relief Program and doling out $1.3 billion. Landlords and tenants can apply for the money to recoup unpaid rent and utility bills as far back as March 13, 2020 and up to three months in advance. AdDon’t wait until Monday to check out Texas Rent Relief. Tenants and landlords can apply separately, but Dana Karni of Lone Star Legal Aid says both parties will get help sooner if they cooperate with one another. You can call the Texas Rent Relief Program Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to get answers to your questions.
Texas tenants behind on rent will soon be able to seek aid from $1.3 billion assistance program
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs expects that 80,000 households could benefit from a new rental assistance program. State officials plan to roll out a $1.3 billion rental assistance program for Texans struggling to keep up with housing payments during a shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, around 80,000 households will be able to receive assistance. The program comes after renters have spent months depending on local funds and nonprofit organizations for rental assistance. We are finally getting a rental assistance program to the scale and the magnitude of the crisis,” said Eli Barrish, policy analyst at the housing advocacy organization Texas Housers.
‘I’m just so glad to be here:’ Houstonians desperate for rental help find it in Precinct 1
HOUSTON – Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen and other local officials unveiled an Eviction Assistance Program Wednesday to help those facing eviction due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide resources to help people facing eviction navigate challenges. Some in the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office wondered if anyone would show up on Wednesday for the event, but cars lined up before dawn. The nearly $250,000 raised will fund the new program, which provides free legal help and other services from community partners for tenants and landlords. You can reach South Texas College of Law Houston at 346-250-1069 and Eviction Defense Coalition at 713-982-7340.