Tenants behind on rent or utility bills may be eligible for emergency funds available to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past-due rent and utilities). Find information on eviction assistance programs below.
Rent and Mortgage Assistance
Rent Assistance. See Local Rent Assistance to see what help may be available in your area.
The statewide Texas Rent Relief program is currently closed, but you can still check the status of existing applications. Texas Rent Relief may take new applications if more funding becomes available.
You should apply for any rent assistance that you may qualify for. However, you can only receive one rental assistance payment per month. If you apply to two different programs and both give you help for the same month, you will have to pay one back right away. Keep records to prove you applied.
Mortgage Assistance. The statewide Homeowners Assistance Fund Program is now taking applications.
There are also local programs that may help with mortgage payments.
You can also talk to your lender or servicer about getting forbearance. Forbearance temporarily pauses your mortgage payments. This can give you time to get payment assistance.
Fifty-Fourth Emergency Order (formerly the Texas Eviction Diversion Program)
If you have an upcoming eviction hearing, take advantage of the tenant protections under the Texas Supreme Court's Fifty-Fourth Emergency Order (formerly the Texas Eviction Diversion Program). The Texas Supreme Court requires judges to pause your case for at least 60 days and seal the case records if:
- The landlord has taken steps to get rental relief for your unit, or
- The landlord agrees to pause the case while the tenant seeks rent assistance.
Remember, your landlord must get the court's permission before they can forcibly evict you. But be aware that an eviction case on your record can make it more difficult to find housing in the future. Sealing your eviction case under the Fiftieth Emergency Order can be a big help if you ever look for a new home.
Fast-Track Rent Assistance Application (for pending Texas Rent Relief applicants only). If you have an upcoming eviction hearing or are facing utility shutoffs, you can ask to fast-track your application by calling 833-989-7386. Have your case or docket number ready when you call.
Local rent relief programs may also be able to speed up your application if you tell them you have an upcoming eviction hearing.
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