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The State of Texas
AUSTIN—The state has launched a new relief program to aid Texans who have struggled to pay their rent and utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced recently.
The program, created through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, will offer more than $1 billion to eligible residents. The state is now accepting applications.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant financial strain on many Texans, and the Texas Rent Relief Program will provide an incredible lifeline to households in need of assistance on their rent and utility payments,” Abbott said.
To qualify, households must fall at or below 80 percent of the area median income in their community, and either qualify for unemployment benefits or explain in writing the financial hardships they have experienced over the past year. They also must provide an eviction notice or past-due bill notice, or demonstrate that they live in an unsafe or unhealthy home.
The full list of qualifications is available at texasrentrelief.com, the state-run site for the program. Residents can submit their documents through the website or by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT.