Help for Texans
- If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please visit our Help for Texans page.
HOME Disaster Relief
The Texas HOME Disaster Relief Program is a long-term housing program designed to help eligible organizations serve income eligible households impacted by disasters.
HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) COVID-19 Funds
- The Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program funds local organizations that provide rental subsidies, utility assistance, and security deposit assistance to individuals in their local communities.
- TDHCA is making up to $11.3 million in TBRA COVID-19 funds available to TBRA administrators, who will then distribute the aid to qualifying Texans. To qualify under the TBRA COVID-19 set-aside, a household’s income must be at 80% or below the Area Median Family income (AMFI) and must certify that they have:
- Had a loss of household income of more than 20%,
- Had increased household costs of more than 20% due to school closures or medical expenses, or
- Had both a loss of household income and increased household costs due to school closures or medical expenses, for a loss of income that is at least 20%.
- TDHCA does not provide direct assistance to individuals, but does fund units of general local governments, public housing authorities, local mental health authorities, and nonprofits that in turn assist individuals in their communities. TBRA COVID-19 funds will become available soon. TDHCA staff will update this page with the contact information for local organizations that receive TBRA funds as soon as possible, and encourages anyone seeking TBRA assistance due to the impact of COVID-19 to check this page regularly for updates.
- See the Help for Texans page to search for organizations in your area that may be able to provide assistance.
HOME TBRA COVID-19 Contracts Active and Pending
HOME Disaster Relief Funds
- HOME Disaster Relief funds are available to assist with federal or state declared disasters, or other natural or man-made disasters that may occur.
- The Department's practice is to maintain a HOME Disaster Relief Fund balance of $1 million whenever possible.
- Current available funding amounts can be found on the HOME Reservation Summary page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/home-reservation-summary.htm.
- These funds can be accessed to support impacted households not located in communities that receive HOME funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- See the communities that are generally ineligible for TDHCA HOME funding (PDF) link at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/index.htm
Eligible HOME Disaster Relief Applicants
- Units of local government, nonprofit organizations, and Public Housing Authorities
HOME Disaster Relief Funding Process
- Eligible applicants can apply for access to disaster relief funding through a Reservation System application
- HOME Program application materials are available at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/applications.htm
- HOME funds are reimbursed based on eligible costs incurred; there are no up-front funds for anticipated costs
- Communities with existing HOME Reservation System Participant (RSP) Agreements may request an amendment to add the Disaster Relief set-aside
- Contact the HOME Program staff for more resources and assistance with applying for and administering HOME Disaster Relief funds
Eligible HOME Disaster Relief Activities
HOME Rehabilitation, Reconstruction
HOMEowner Rehabilitation Assistance (HRA) Program
- Home rehabilitation, reconstruction, or replacement of a manufactured housing unit.
- Support is provided in the form of a grant agreement or deferred forgivable loan, contingent upon the type of HRA housing assistance.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
- Rental subsidies for up to 24 months while the household engages in a self-sufficiency program; may include security and utility deposit.
- Support is provided in the form of a grant to eligible households.
HOMEbuyer Assistance Program (HOME HBA)
- Down payment and closing cost assistance of up to $20,000 per household for the purchase of a home.
- Support is provided as a deferred forgivable loan to qualified home buyers.
Eligible HOME Disaster Relief Beneficiaries
- Households earning at or below 80% Area Median Family Income (AMFI) as defined by HUD;
- Must meet all applicable HOME Program requirements; and
- Must have been directly affected by the disaster.