Gov. Abbott, TDHCA announce assistance to Texans facing housing challenges

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Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, delivers remarks at a press conference about the state’s coronavirus response at the Texas State Capitol on April 10, 2020. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

AUSTIN — Governor Gregg Abbott and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) announced Texas will provide HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to residents facing housing challenges due to COVID-19.

According to the release, the funds were made possible through waivers authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Thanks to these waivers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Texas will be able to provide much-needed financial relief to Texans struggling with housing due to challenges posed by COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott in the release. “We are committed to supporting Texans facing severe economic hardship brought on by this pandemic, and the state will continue to work closely with our federal partners to give Texans the resources and assistance they need.”

The HUD waivers will allow a portion of TDHCA funds to be used to help families and individuals with up to 100 percent of the cost of rent, security deposit payments and utility bills for tenants affected by loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to $11.3 million will be available to current TBRA administrators in coming weeks who will then distribute the aid to qualifying Texans.

Those needing assistance should visit Help for Texans.

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