Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) formed a unique partnership to help eligible tenants stay in their homes and provide landlords with an alternative to eviction; the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) is the first statewide eviction diversion program.
The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Both the tenant and the landlord must agree to participate and meet the program requirements. Lump sum payments are made to landlords in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes, and diverted cases are dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.
A successful pilot version of the program ran from October 2020 through February 2021. Feedback from participating tenants, landlords, sub recipients, and other organizations informed the development of the statewide TEDP that launched February 15, 2021. Find information related to both programs below.
Statewide Texas Eviction Diversion Program
The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) Set-Aside of the Texas Rent Relief (TRR) Program helps Texas tenants stay in their homes and provides landlords an alternative to eviction. The statewide TEDP is funded through a 10% set-aside of the $1.3 billion Texas Rent Relief Program (texasrentrelief.com), totaling approximately $117 million. This program launched February 15, 2021 and all funds must be obligated by September 30, 2021. At eviction hearings, Justices of the Peace refer applicants to apply for assistance through TDHCA at TexasRentRelief.com or 1-833-989-7368.
The TEDP may provide up to 15 months of rental and utility assistance for eligible tenants who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been sued for eviction. Both the tenant and the landlord must agree to participate and meet the requirements described here (English PDF) (Spanish PDF).
- If the rent is below the TRR Program maximum, assistance can be used to pay the contracted rent for all past due rent as far back as March 13, 2020 (up to 12 months), plus up to 3 months of current/future rent. An additional 3 months (not to exceed the total of 15 months) may be provided upon re-application if necessary to ensure housing stability and if funds are available.
- The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump sum payments are provided to landlords for past-due rent in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and covering court costs. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.
- Tenants are ineligible if they are receiving tenant-based voucher assistance, such as a Housing Choice Voucher, project-based Section 8 or are living in public housing, or have already received rental assistance from another source for the same time period.
Eligibility & How to Apply
Interested landlords and tenants may learn more about the statewide application process, eligibility, and required documentation through the resources below:
- Learn more about the process at the court’s Eviction Diversion Program website (txcourts.gov)
- Review the TEDP Program Brochure Provided to Landlords and Tenants by the courts (English PDF) (Spanish PDF).
- Tenant and Landlord both apply. Once application is eligible and complete, payment to landlord is generally within 14 days:
- online at TexasRentRelief.com
- by phone at 833-9TX-RENT / 833-989-7368
- Stay informed on all upcoming announcements for these funds by joining TDHCA’s email list and subscribing to the ‘Pandemic Related Rental Assistance for Tenants and Landlords’ topic
- If you are a tenant in danger of eviction, visit https://stoptxeviction.org for help understanding your options.
Community Services Block Grant CARES TEDP Pilot
The TEDP Pilot was funded through $3.3 million of CSBG CARES Discretionary funds. The pilot launched October 12, 2020 and most funds were committed by February 28, 2021. At eviction hearings, Justices of the Peace referred applicants to apply for assistance through the eight subrecipient organizations below. More than 380 households were served with up to six month’s rental assistance through the pilot program.
|Organization||Counties Served||Award Amount|
|Brazos Valley Community Action Program||Brazos, Chambers and Montgomery||$600,000|
|El Paso Community Action Program/Project Bravo||El Paso||$600,000|
|Gulf Coast Community Services Association||Harris||$600,000|
|Panhandle Regional Planning Commission||Deaf Smith, Potter, and Randall||$299,287|
|San Antonio, City of||Bexar||$600,000|
|Texas Neighborhood Services||Erath, Parker, Palo Pinto and Wise||$257,949|
|Texoma Council of Governments||Fanin and Grayson||$170,188|
|Community Action Corporation of South Texas||Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, and San Patricio||$239,736|