Working Together to Provide Rent Relief

Housing is Health

We cannot have safe, healthy, stable, or economically thriving communities when people cannot afford to stay in their homes, especially during the middle of an ongoing pandemic. We will continue working to find solutions to combat COVID-19 while we also do everything within our power to help people meet their basic needs.

Harris County Precinct One wants you to know that you are not alone — there are resources available to help you stay housed.

You may qualify for one or more of the rental assistance programs listed below. If you are eligible, we encourage you to apply to all the programs.


Applications for the Houston-Harris County Rental Assistance Program opened to tenants on February 25, 2021

UPDATE: Additional Rental Assistance Funds are now available, thanks to the American Rescue Plan. 

RENTAL ASSISTANCE NAVIGATORS

Do you have questions about applying for rental assistance? Do you need other services to help you cope with the pandemic?

Sixteen community social service agencies, called Navigators, are available across the City of Houston and Harris County to support renters with their rental assistance applications and other services. Navigators have proven experience in working with families during times of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. A complete list of all participating agencies can be found here: English and Spanish

Navigator agencies can help with:

  • Applying for rental assistance by explaining eligibility requirements, scanning documents or providing other technology support, and providing in-language support

  • Sharing information about the CDC Moratorium Declaration that can provide protection against eviction for qualifying tenants

  • Connecting families to additional services: food, healthcare, job training, legal services, or other resources

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM

  •     Help for past-due rent dating back to April 2020, and up to two months of future rent - for a maximum of 12 months total.
  •     Utility assistance for past-due electricity, gas or water bills.
  •     Rent assistance will be paid to participating landlords enrolled in the program.
  •     If a landlord is not enrolled, direct assistance may be available.
  •     Assistance is not first-come, first served, but will be distributed randomly.
  •     Everyone in need is encouraged to apply.

Find complete program details here, at HoustonHarrisHelp.org or by calling 832-402-7568

Flyers available for distribution: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese


Applications for the Texas Rent Relief program opened on February 15.

Overview of program

  •     Emergency funds are available to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities).
  •     Help cover rent as far back as March 13, 2020 - up to 11 months of past due bills.
  •     Past due, current and up to 3 months of expected rent costs.
  •     Past due, current or up to 3 months of expected utility and home energy expenses.
  •     After the initial 3 months of forward assistance, you can apply for 3 additional months of assistance if funds are still available.

Find complete program details at TexasRentRelief.com or by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368)

Applications are currently open for the Harris County Community Services Department COVID-19 Rental Assistance.

Overview of program

  •     Assistance to renters who are at risk of eviction.
  •     Payment made directly to property owners or management companies.
  •     Eligible applicants receive at least one month of rental payments going forward and up to five months of arrears, for up to a total of six months.

Find complete information about the program here or by calling 832-927-4955

Precinct One has combined information about all three of the above rental assistance programs into one flyer in both English and SpanishDownload it here.

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