Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Media Contact:
Kristina Tirloni 512-475-4743

Public Inquiries:
TDHCA Housing Resource Center
800-525-0657

Fax:
512-469-9606

Mailing Address:
TDHCA
Public and Policy Affairs
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, Tx 78711

Physical Address:
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Tx 78701

TDHCA Press Room

TDHCA’s statewide network of partners deliver assistance to those in need

With relief efforts and vaccinations underway, it may be difficult to comprehend how many Texans continue to struggle financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through TDHCA’s network of nonprofit partners, and coordination with state, county and city offices, more than 85,000 individuals and households were provided with pandemic-response assistance in the form of rent or utility bill assistance, or through access to housing to help prevent homelessness in 2020.*

To date, TDHCA has distributed approximately $32.8 million through such programs as those funded through the CARES Act including the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG-CV), the Community Services Block Grants (CSBG), the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV), and programs not associated with the CARES Act, but with which TDHCA promptly reprogrammed funding for pandemic-response purposes including the HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance (HOME TBRA) Program and the Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP).

As the New Year begins, TDHCA will continue to bring additional partners to the table to keep residents housed. TDHCA anticipates the Texas Eviction Diversion Program will move from its pilot program stage serving 19 counties to include approximately 40 more counties or communities within and surrounding state metro areas. Information about TEDP can be found at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/TEDP.htm and https://www.txcourts.gov/programs-services/eviction-diversion-program/.

Homeowners and renters can find general information and resources on TDHCA’s COVID-19 Response page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/covid19.htm.

Individuals needing rent or utility bill assistance can always search TDHCA’s Help for Texans for providers serving their city or county of residence, or search for affordable housing by city, county or zip code through the agency’s Vacancy Clearinghouse.

*Data as of December 1, 2020

 

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