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



The Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) program is designed to help Texans respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The Governor of the State of Texas has designated the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) as the administrator of CDBG-CV to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded TDHCA a total of $141,846,258 in CDBG-CV funds.

In October 2020, TDHCA will released a proposed plan for the CDBG-CV funds for public comment requested approval of the proposed plan by HUD. And now that the approval process is complete, TDHCA will make the funds available to eligible jurisdictions or entities through direct awards and through a competitive process.

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Direct Awards

TDHCA is making $36.3 million in CDBG-CV funds available to entitlement communities in the state of Texas who have existing COVID-19 rental assistance programs and have indicated an interest to participate in the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP).

TERAP provides rental assistance to income-eligible households impacted by COVID-19 to help them stay housed during the pandemic. The program can pay up to six months of an eligible household's rent, including rental arrears, with at least one of those months covering a month of future rent. As a set-aside within the program, 10% of funds are specifically earmarked to provide the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) which provides rental assistance to tenants who have been sued for eviction, providing the landlord and tenant an alternative to eviction.

Program Documents

Program documents are provided for the reference of participating cities and counties.

Assistance will be administered by local cities and counties; to see if your local city or county is administering TERAP funds and find the contact information for your local program administrator, visit “Contact Information for Local TERAP Administrators” linked above. To search for other rental assistance providers in your area, please visit TDHCA’s Help for Texans webpage at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm.

TDHCA is not able to offer assistance directly. Please do not submit completed tenant or landlord forms to TDHCA.

Texas Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (TEMAP)

Competitive NOFA

TDHCA will make $69.7 million available to cities, counties, public housing authorities, private non-profits and Council of Governments to provide mortgage assistance in their jurisdictions, service areas or target areas through a competitive application process. Applicants must be able to quickly help Texas tenants who are behind on their mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Announcement of TEMAP NOFA (forthcoming)
  • Regions Map (PDF)
  • CDBG-CV TEMAP NOFA (forthcoming)
  • TEMAP Application (Smartsheet form) (forthcoming)

For more information or questions about the TEMAP NOFA Application, please contact Erica Garza, CDBG Cares Manager at 512-497-5144 or erica.garza@tdhca.state.tx.us.