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.

Rental Assistance Providers*

Assistance will be administered by local cities and counties; to see if your local city or county is administering TERAP funds and to find the contact information for your local program administrator, visit “Contact Information for Local TERAP Administrators” linked below. 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.

Program Guidance and Monthly Reporting

Program guidance documents and monthly reporting instructions have been updated and are accessible below.

Monthly Performance and Expenditure Reporting

  1. Monthly Report by Household Template (XLSM) (April 20, 2021)
    • Submit completed Monthly Report by Household by clicking here (SmartSheet.com).
  2. Housing Contract System

Texas Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (TEMAP)

Competitive NOFA

TDHCA is making $69.6 million available to cities, counties, local and regional nonprofits and regional organizations to provide mortgage assistance in their jurisdictions, service areas or target areas through a competitive application process. Through TEMAP’s competitive process, local service providers will be awarded funds to assist homeowners at or below 80% of the Area Medium Income who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 to help provide housing stability during the pandemic.

Assistance will be administered by local cities, counties and other local and regional service providers. Contact information for local program administrators will be posted in June. To search for other possible assistance providers in your area, please visit TDHCA’s Help for Texans webpage at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm.