Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)
Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) Overview
(Available Statewide Starting February 15, 2021)
Beginning February 15, 2021, at 8 a.m. Central Time, the Texas Eviction Diversion Program will be available STATEWIDE to eligible applicants.
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 TEDP may provide up to 12 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 (PDF). This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
- If the rent is below the TRR Program limit, 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 an additional 3 months 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 rent back payments in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.
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 (PDF)
- Learn more and apply:
- 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.
TEDP Pilot Subrecipients: please stay in contact with your contract administrator as outlined below.
TEDP Pilots Overview
The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) Pilots help eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP Pilots and meet the requirements described below, the TEDP Pilots may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).
- Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
- 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 rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.
There are two TEDP Pilots – an initial program funded by the Community Services Block Grant CARES program and an expanded program funded by the Community Development Block Grant CARES program.
Community Services Block Grant CARES TEDP Pilot
This program is funded with $3.3 million of CSBG CARES Discretionary funds and became available in October 2020. As a pilot program, there are a select group of administrators working in a limited number of counties. The results of this pilot will be used to help inform the statewide program.
|CSBG-D Eviction Diversion Pilot Program|
|Organization||Counties Served||Contact Person||Phone|
|El Paso Community Action Program/Project Bravo||El Paso||Evelyn Gallegos||915-562-4100 x420|
|Panhandle Regional Planning Commission||Randall, Potter, Deaf Smith||John Kiehl;
|San Antonio, Dept. of Human Services||Bexar||Minerva Hernandez||Rental/Mortgage Assistance: 210-207-5910
|Community Action Corporation of South Texas||Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, San Patricio||Victoria Pena||361-664-0145 x2038|
For more information, please contact the person listed above for the county in which you live. Only those who reside in the counties listed above are eligible for this program, and you must have been sued for eviction and have a court docket number to apply. If you have other questions, you may contact Madison Lozano at Madison.email@example.com or (512) 936-7798.
Community Development Block Grant CARES TEDP Pilot
This spreadsheet (Smartsheet.com) provides information updated in real-time regarding contacts for the entitlement communities providing rental assistance and eviction diversion supported by CDBG CARES Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP), as well as an estimated start date for the TERAP program. These funds became available locally around the beginning of February 2021. You can find additional information here: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/CDBG-CARES.htm.
If your city or county is not participating in either the CSBG CARES or Community Development Block Grant TEDP Pilot, please see the information above regarding Texas Eviction Diversion Program STATEWIDE availability beginning February 15, 2021, at 8 a.m. Central Time.
TEDP Pilot Eligibility
For full pilot program eligibility requirements, see the “TEDP Program Document Provided to Landlords and Tenants by the courts” below under Program Documents. Two of the tests that must be met are for Household Eligibility and Unit Rent Eligibility:
Household Eligibility Test:
To be eligible for the TEDP Pilot a household’s income must be below 200% of poverty noted below:
|Household Size||200% Poverty|
For households with more than 8 persons, add $8,960 for each additional person.
Unit Eligibility Test:
To be eligible for the TEDP Pilot two limits apply to determining the maximum assistance for rent:
- The maximum amount of rent the program will pay is set at 120% of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR), or where no SAFMR exists, the Fair Market Rent (FMR).
- The maximum amount of contract rent for the unit cannot exceed 150% of the SAFMR, or where no SAFMR exists, the FMR. If a unit’s contract rent exceeds this amount, the unit and household are not eligible for assistance under the program.
- If a tenant’s unit rent falls between 120% and 150% of the applicable SAFMR or FMR, the program will still be able to assist the tenant, however, the tenant must pay the amount of arrears in excess of the 120% limit, or be in a payment plan executed by both the tenant and the landlord, before the program will pay the 120% contribution.
- To find the 120% and 150% limits described above, use the tool (XLSX) here. Enter the zip code for the unit for which assistance is being requested.
TEDP Program Documents
- TEDP Program Document Provided to Landlords and Tenants by the courts (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) – if applying on or after 2/15/2021, please use statewide TEDP described above
- TEDP Monthly Performance Reporting Form (XLSX) – Revised 11/13/2020
Tenant applications must be requested through the organizations representing the counties listed in the table below.