How To Apply for COVID 19 Emergency Rental Assistance In Houston

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How To Apply for COVID 19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs In Houston


In this guide, I will show you how to apply for COVID 19 emergency rental assistance programs in Houston.

If you have been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and it caused you to lose income then you could qualify for one of these Houston rent assistance programs. 

I’m Nick Bryant, founder of HoustonCaseManagers.com, where we help medical professionals and citizens to connect to rent assistance programs and other community resources to help you financially.

Today you will learn about 2 rent assistance opportunities in Houston that will begin accepting new applications on February 15th, 18th, and 25th.   In addition, you will find a table to help you find Houston nonprofits that help with rent assistance and other basic needs in your own zip code. 

Keep reading to learn more about a Texas COVID 19 relief program that offers a whopping $1.3 billion dollars and rent assistance!

Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program (opens February 15th at 8 am) 

This Texas financial assistance program can help families to pay for the cost of rent and utility bills. The program assists both tenants and apartment landlords who have been impacted financially by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

What Type Of Financial Assistance Does The Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Provide? 

The Texas COVID 19 relief bill provides rent and utility assistance. The financial help is retroactive and can go back as far as March 13th, 2020. Essentially you can receive financial assistance for up to 11 months.

Below are more specifics of the type of financial assistance that is provided:

  • You can receive help with past-due bills, current bills, and financial assistance for the next 3 months of rent and utility bills. 
  • If you still need assistance 3 months from now this rental assistance program can provide three more months of help if the funds are still available. 

Eligibility For The Texas COVID 19 Rental Assistance Program

To qualify for the Texas covid-19 relief bill rent rental assistance program you must meet these requirements:

  • Someone in the household qualifies for unemployment. If there is no one who qualifies for unemployment You must prove that you have experienced financial hardship or reduction in earnings due to the covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Show proof that you are at risk of homelessness. you can prove this by providing a notice to vacate sorry, or a past-due utility notice 
  • You can only apply for financial assistance in your primary residence and it has to be located within Texas 
  • Your household income must be below 80% of the area median income. The chart below shows the income limits for Harris County.
Household Size AMI / Income Limit For Harris County (See the income limits in other Texas counties by going here)
1 50% AMI – $27600

80% AMI – $44150

2 50% – 31550

80% – 50450

3 50% – $35500

80% – $56750

4 50% – $39400

80% – $63050

5 50% – $42600

80% – $68100

6 50% – $45750

80% – $73150

7 50% – 48900

80% – 78200

8 50% – 52050

80% – 83250

 

Below is a flowchart that may make it easier to understand if you qualify for the Texas coronavirus relief bill rental assistance program. 

Texas Rent relief eligibility questions

Anyone can apply for financial assistance but the following situations will be higher priorities for rent assistance 

  • Your household income is below 50% area median income (refer to AMI chart above)
  • You are in a household where one or more members are currently unemployed
  • You have been unemployed for the past 90 days (starting from the date you applied for emergency rental assistance)

How to Apply For The Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program

 You can apply to this Texas rental assistance program by phone or online.

  • To apply by phone contact 833.989.7368 (RENT). The call center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • If you’d rather apply online visit Texasrentrelief.com

The exact process of applying for this emergency rent and utility assistance program will depend on whether you are a landlord or a tenant. 

How To Apply For Emergency Rental Assistance If You Are A Landlord

Landlords can apply for the Texas coronavirus relief bill by completing an application. The landlord will also need to have their tenant sign the application. 

How To Apply For Emergency Rental Assistance If You Are A Tennant

Tenants can apply for the Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill directly through Texasrentrelief.com. Tenants will need to find their current address/apartment complex to apply. If their address is not listed then they will need to work with their apartment complex so that their landlord can apply on their behalf via the landlord application. 

You can still receive financial assistance if your landlord is not listed, however, it is much easier if your landlord understands the process and it’s already signed up. 

Houston – Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (opens February 25th) 

The Houston-Harris County Rental Assistance Program provides help to families in Harris County and Houston who are having financial difficulties due to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Editor’s note: The 159 million dollars in rent and utility assistance funds will be distributed by Bakerripley and Catholic Charities. 

Eligibility For The Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

This rental assistance program is available for individuals and families who have been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

If you are enrolled in any of the following public assistance programs you could qualify for rent assistance in Houston. 

If you are not enrolled in a public assistance program you can still qualify if your household income is under 80% of the area median income. Below is a table that shows the income limits to qualify: 

Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $3,679 $44,150
2 $4,204 $50,450
3 $4,729 $56,750
4 $5,254 $63,050
5 $5,675 $68,100
6 $6,095 $73,150
7 $6,516 $76,200
8 $6,937 $83,250

Documents Needed For The Houston – Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Below is a list of documents that are needed to apply for this Houston financial assistance program. You can see the specific documents needed by viewing the “Documentation Requirements” section

  • Proof of ID – Show documents to prove your identity. 
  • Proof of residence – Prove that you live at your residence. 
  • Income statements – You must prove that your income is below 80% of the area median income. 
  • Documents proving financial hardship due to COVID 19 – If the pandemic had a negative impact on you financially, show documents proving this. 
  • Proof of housing instability – Did you receive a notice to vacate or disconnection notice? Provide that documentation. 

Again to see specific documents needed for each of the above see the “Documentation Requirements” section

How To Apply For The Houston – Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

To apply for this Harris County emergency rental assistance program you will need to visit HoustonHarrisHelp.org to complete an application. 

Currently, the program is processing applications from the Baker Ripley COVID 19 Rental Assistance Program. Any applicants who applied but did not receive help in 2020 could be eligible to receive help during this latest round of rental assistance. 

If you did not apply for the Baker Ripley COVID 19 Rental Assistance Program you can submit an application starting February 25th, 2021. Below are step by step instructions on how new applicants can apply. 

Application Proces For Renters Who Have Never Applied (opens February 25th)

First, you will need to complete an application at HoustonHarrisHelp.org. The online application requests information regarding your address, how much rent you currently owe, and documents proving that COVID 19 has negatively impacted your income. 

Next, you must find your landlord in the system you must select them. If you cannot find your landlord in the system you can input their contact information and the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program will contact them for further instructions. 

Should your application be approved the rental assistance program will contact your landlord to confirm the past due amount. Your landlord will then receive a pledge letter with the amount of rental assistance they are to receive.

Application Process For Landlords (opens February 18th)

Landlords can apply for rental assistance by visiting HoustonHarrisHelp.org starting February 18th. 

More Houston Rent And Utility Assistance Programs To Help During The COVID 19 Pandemic

You can use the table below to find nonprofits who help with rent, utilities, and other basic needs in your zip code. Just type your zip code into the table and you will see a listing of nonprofits that assist your area with various community resources

Agency AddressPhoneType of AssistanceArea/Zip Code servedHourss
AIDS Foundation HoustonWeb6260 Westpark Dr #100 713.623.6796 Only offers assistance to clients with HIV and AIDS. Offers housing, mental health, substance abuse, assistance applying for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Texas Women's Health PlanHarris CountyM-F 930 to 4pm. Walk ins welcome but priority is given to those with appointments.
Baytown Resource & Assistance Center Web5309 Decker Dr281.424.5752. *Must make an appointment. Utilities, Clothing for Children, Employment assistance services Residents of McNair, Baytown, Highlands or Chambers CountyMon: 8 to 5pm. Closed from 12 to 1pm for lunch.
Avenue 360 (formerly Bearing Omega and Houston Area Community Services) Web2150 West 18th Street713.426.0027Housing referrals, medical support, Rent, Mental HealthHIV/AIDs clients onlyM - F: 8 to 5pm
Bethel's Heavenly HandsWeb 12660 Sandpiper Dr713.729.6477Food, Clothing, Thursday Food Distributions, Senior Commodity Program, Harris CountyMon, Tues, Fri
Braes Interfaith MinistriesWeb4300 W. Bellfort713.723.2671 Food, ClothingSW: 77025, 77035, 77045, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77071, 77085, 77096M-F 730a - 530p
Brentwood Community Foundation Web13033 1/2 Landmark Street713.852.2551Resources for those with HIV/AIDS. Rent, Mortgage, Food, Utilities, housing referrals Those with HIV/AIDS in Houston areaM-F 8am to 5pm
Catholic Charities Main Office Web2900 Louisiana

Other Locations: Houston Locations

713.874.6590 or 713.526.4611Rent, Utilities, Food, Counseling, Adoption, Immigration, Limited Financial Assistance, Saturday Food Fairs, Case Management, Help applying for SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, 77003, 77004, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77029, 77030, 77054, 77547M-F 730a - 530p
Chinese Community CenterWeb9800 Town Park713.271.6100Utilities (must have cut off notice), Weatherization, Adult day program, Gold Card Application Assistance, Income Tax Help, SNAP, Free Legal Clinic, Citizenship Application Assistance, 77024, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77074, 77077, 77079, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77094, 77099, 77450, 77494, 77477, Tues 9am - 12pm
Christian Community CenterWeb3434 Branard713.871.9741Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Vocational Training, Jobnet Program W-SW: 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77030, 77046, 77056, 77057, 77081, 77096, 77098, 77401M-F 10a - 2pm Sat 9a - 12p (food and clothing only)
City Fellowship Church Christian Rescue Mission Web3220 Hadley713.659.7750Rent, Utilities, Food Harris CountyTues-F: 10a -12p
City of Houston Water Aid To Elderly Residents Program4200 Leeland Houston, TX 77023
Mail application here.
713.371.1400Assistance paying water bill. $100 every six months. Low income seniors (60+) residing in Houston are the priority. Individuals w disabilities and low income families are also encourage to apply. WebWater Assistance Application: Web
City Wide ClubWebMultiple locations713.752.2582Rent, Utilities, Food, Employment Referrals, Housing and Shelter Recovery Program - room and board for families, seniors, homeless faced w physical, mental substance abuse challenges, Project Warm-Up helps with electric heaters and utilities, Project Cool Down helps w fans and shelters in summer Harris County and surrounding areasTues-Th 10a-1p
Covenant House Texas Web1111 Lovett Blvd713.523.2231Crisis shelter, Transitional shelter for youth ages 18 to 20. Medical and clothing provided. Job placement for young adults. Houston areaM-F 8a to 5p
Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Web713.957.4357 or 211 Utilities Assistance for low income seniors (60+) and/or have documented disability expected to last 12 monthsHarris CountyM-F 8a-5p
Cypress Area Ministries Web11202 Huffmeister281.955.7684Rent, utilities, food, clothing. CAM may pay a portion of the past due balance on a utility bill. The client is required to pay the balance of the amount past due, or have a pledge for that amount, prior to CAM’s paying the pledged amount.77065, 77095, 77429, 77433M-F 10a-2p
Fair Haven Methodist Church Web1330 Gessner 713.476.4346 or (713) 468-3276Food77024, 77027, 77041, (Carverdale only), 77043, 77055, 77056, 77079, 77080,M-F 10a-2p
First Baptist ChurchWeb8009 Long Point713.554.8801 or (281) 229-9166Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, prescriptionsNW: Harris CountyM-Th 730a-11a Walk Ins only
Gulf Coast Community Services Web9320 Kirby Dr713.393.4700Rent, utilities, food, clothing, Q cards, eyewear vouchersSE: Harris CountyM-F 8a-5p
Harris County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Web8933 Interchange Dr. 713.578.2100Housing Choice Vouchers distributed during open enrollmentHarris CountyM-F 8a-5p
Harris County Social Services Web9418 Jense Drive713.696.7900Rent, Utilities, Bereavement, Veteran servicesHarris CountyM-F 8a-5p
Hester HouseWeb2020 Solo713.274.1394Hot meals/seniors summer/youth campNW - 5th WardM-F 8a-5p
Houston Volunteers of America Web4808 Yale Street (Independence Heights Location)

731 West Davis Conroe, TX
713.460.0781 or 817.529.7300Assistance applying for SNAP, Medicaid, FASFA, Tax Season Assistance, Employment Placement Assistance Program for Healthcare jobs, Deaf and Blind Services, Day Habilitation Center for those with special needs, Residential Group Homes for children and adults with special needs, Substance Abuse Treatment, Housing for seniors and those with a disability, Homeless Veterans Help Houston and surrounding areas M-F 8a - 5p
Housing Authority of City of HoustonWeb2640 Fountain View Dr713.260.0600Housing Choice Vouchers and Public HousingM-F 8a-5p *By appointment.
Humble Area Ministries Web1302 First Street281.446.3663Food, rent, utilities,
Employment services, Clothing, Prescription Assistance, Birth Certificate and ID Assistance, Assistance with Eyeglasses
77336, 77345, 77347, 77372, 77338, 77346, 77357, 77396, 77339, 77347, 77365, 77532, 7 days a week/24 hours a day answering machine, leave message
Interfaith Caring Ministries Web151 Park Ave, League City281.332.3881Rent, utilities, minor home repair, and food for seniors (55+)Clear Creek ISD, Friendswood ISD, Clear Lake, Webster, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77089, 77546, 77565, 77573, 77586, 77598 M-F 830a-430p *by appointment
Immaculate Conception Catholic ChurchWeb 7250 Harrisburgh 713.921.1261Food 77011, 77012Thurs 930a - 1130m
Katy Christian Social Ministries Web 5011 East 5th St Katy, TX281.391.9623Rent, mortgage, utilities, food, clothing77084, 77094, 77406, 77423, 77441, 77449, 77450, 77464, 77476, 77485, 77493, 77494

M-Th 830a-12p 1230p -5p
Larkin Community Center Web5410 Larkin 713.869.9143Rent and Utility assistance to seniors and families with childrenM - F 8am to 5pm
LINC Houston Community Services Web1504 Johnson Street 713.426.2451Food, Prescriptions, Eye glasses, Rent, Security Deposit, Clothes, CHIP, Medicaid, Gold Card, Home RepairMon, Wed, Fri: 9 to 3pm
Lone Star Legal Aid Web1415 Fannin 713.652.0077 or 713.652.5911Legal services to low income individuals Harris, Ft Bend and Montgomery CountyM-F 830a - 1230p
MANNA - Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Allicance Web1806 W. 43rd Street346.335.2950 or 713.682.7556Utility, Gas, Rent, Clothing, Food, Assistance with SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, CHIP, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088, 77091, 77092, M: 8 to 11, Tues and Thurs: 915 to 1115am.
Memorial Area MinistriesWeb1625 Blalock English 713.574.7533 Spanish 713.574.7536Rent, water, gas, medical assistance, prescriptions, transportation, clothing, Rapid Re-Housing, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77024, 77037, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77076, 77079, 77080, 77088, 77091, 77092, M-F 9a - 4p. Call between 9a - 12p M-F to set up an appointment.
My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center Web12713 A Bissonnet 281.489.9933Financial Assistance, Rent, Utilities, Food Pantry,
Mayors Office for People with Disabilities Web1475 West Gray832.394.0814 mopdmail@houstontx.govAdvocacy ServicesCity of Houston M-F 8a - 5p
North Channel Assistance MiWeb nistries 13837 Bonham713.453.8028Food, food stamp application help, Medicaid application help, clothing, 77013, 77015, 77029, 77044, 77049, 77078, 77530, M-F 8a-2p
Northwest Assistance Ministries Web15555 Kuykendahl281.583.5600Rent, mortgage, gas, water, prescriptions, gas vouchers, dental and medical, 77014, 77032, 77038, 77050, 77060, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77073, 77086, 77090, 77373, 77379, 77388, 77389, Tues 1p-4p Call for an appointment.
Operation ID Web5100 Travis Street713.620.6476Texas Identification CardHarris CountyTues & Thurs 9a-1130a. You will need a referral/voucher from an agency that Operation ID partners with.
Pasadena Community MinistriesWeb2301 South Houston 713.477.4336Rent, utilities, food, clothing, Pasadena, Deer Park, Tues 9a - 12p. Th 1p-4p
Riceville Baptist ChurchWeb11231 Gessner 713.774.4880Food, clothing, financial assistance, prison ministry 1st Wed of Month, 6p. Call for appointments.
Salvation ArmyWeb1500 Austin Street713.752.0677Rent, Food, Clothing, Utilities (water only), Senior Housing (62+) Harris CountyM-Th 830a - 430p
Saras HouseWeb711 Perla 713.475.1480Shelter, meals, clothing (women & children) Pasadena
Baker Ripley Web3838 Aberdeen Way 77025713-590-2327Case management, care giver support, dementia adult day program, utilities, must be under 150% FPL, preferences to elderly, disabled, clients w children under 5 yrs, no deposits or reconnection fees, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77004, 77021, 77033, 77051, 77087, 77003, 77011, 77012, 77020, 77023, 77034, 77058, 77059, 77062, 77075, 77089, 77502, 77504, 77506, 77571, 77598, Call for appointment
Senior Jobs Program (AARP)Web12727 Featherwood Dr281.922.9952Jobs, Harris CountyM-F 930a - 230p
Spring-Woodlands Ministries Web810 E. Louetta Suite A-E281.353.4480Food, clothing77373, 77338, 77389, 77379, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77386, 77388, M 1p-3p, W 9a-1130a, Thur 1p-3p
Society of St. Stephen Web1062 Fairmont Parkway281.487.1774Rent, utilities, food, 77502, 77503, 77505, 77506, 77507T-F New clients: 10a-1p
Society of St Vincent de PaulWeb2403 Holcombe Blvd713.741.8234 ext 101Food, Clothing, Rent, UtilityCity of Houston Zip Codes OnlyM -F 9am - 5pm
Southeast Area Ministries SEAMWeb2102 Houston Blvd 713.944.0093Rent, Utilities, Food, Clothing, Ongoing Senior assistance, Christmas assistance program, Prescription, Medical Supply assistanceSE: 77017, 77034, 77061, 77075, 77087, 77089, 77504, 77587, M-Th 10am - 1:30pm
St Bernadette Church Web15500 El Camino Real281.486.0337Food, Clothes, Rent, Utilities, Clear Lake: 77058, 77059, 77062, 77598, Tues: 930 to 1130am Thurs: 930 to 1130 Wed: Appt only
St. Cecilia ChurchWeb11720 Joan of Arc Drive 713.468.1185Rent, Utilities, Food, NW: 77024, 77043, 77055M-Th: 9am through 12pm
St Christopher Catholic ChurchWeb8150 Park Place713.645.6614 FoodSE: 77012, 77017, 77061, Sat: 930 to 11am
St. Hyacinth Catholic Church Web2921 Center St, Deer Park281.479.4298Rent, Utilities, FoodDeer Park: 77536M - F: 930 to 12pm 1pm to 430pm
St. John Vianney Social Services Web625 Nottingham Oaks281.497.4434Utilities, Food, Clothing, W: 77043, 77055 (Food & Clothing only) 77077, 77079 (Food, Clothing, Utilities ) M-F: 830 to 530pm
St. Joseph Catholic ChurchWeb1505 Kane Street713.222.8903Rent, Utilities, Food, 77007, 77008, 77009, M-T: 9am to 12pm 130 to 330pm
St Mary Magdalene Church 527 South Houston Ave, Humble281.540.1907Rent, Utilities, Food, NE: 77338, East of Lee Rd, 77346, (Only apartment complexes) M, W, F only. 930 to 1145am - 1st 12 people.
St Pious Catholic Church Web824 Main - Pasadena 713.473.9484Food, Rent, Utilities, Immigrant Legal Assistance, Free Health Screenings, Pasadena: 77501, 77507, 77536, 77547, 77587, Tues & Thurs: 10am to 1230pm
Target Hunger Service CenterWeb2814 Quitman 713.226.4953Emergency Food, Food Pantries, Monthly Food Fairs, Senior Home Delivery Program, Senior Day Site Program 77015, 77016, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77078, M-F: 9am to 5pm
The Bridge Over Troubled WatersWeb3811 Allen-Genoa Rd713.473.2801Emergency Shelter for Domestic Abuse VictimsHarris County
The House of AmosWeb8030 Boone Rd281.495.9061Food, Citizenship Classes, Lunches every Saturday, Free immunizations to uninsured children. M-Th: 9am to 12pm Sat: 10am to 12pm
Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM) Web300 W Main Street Tomball, TX 77375281.351.6700Utilities, Gas vouchers, Clothing, Food, Medical and Dental vouchers, Temporary Shelter Tomball zip codes 77375, 77377 or you live within Tomball school district. Tues and Thurs: 10am to 1pm. Application must be completed in person.
The Houston Food Bank Web535 Portwall832.369.9390Emergency Food Pantry, Help applying for SNAP, TANF, CHIP, MedicaidM-F: 8am to 5pm Sat: Telephone hotline only 8am to 4pm
United Way Web211Referrals for Food, Shelter, Rent, Utilities, Housing, Shelters, Substance AbuseHarris County
Wesley Community CenterWeb1410 Lee Street713.223.8131 ext 245Rent, Utilities, Food, Financial Education, Employment coaching, Help applying for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Harris CountyFriday Starts at 8am. Appointments Only. No appointment needed for Food.
West Houston Assistance MinistriesWeb10501 Meadowglen Lane713.977.9942Mortgage, Food, Utilities, Clothing, Employment Assistance, Bus Passes for job related trips, Work Clothes, 77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082, M - F: 10am - 1pm
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Web3826 Wheeler713.747.7101Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food, Women's Housing (Badge Bush). Visit there site they help in plenty of ways. SE: 77770M-Th: 9 - 1230pm F: 9-1130am *Appointment only
Windsor Village Social ServicesWeb12041 1/2 Post Oak Rd713.551.8792Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, Food, Harris County and Ft Bend County Appointment only Monday 8am to 11am Food: T-W 9am to 11am. Th 1030am to 1230pm
Pearland Neighborhood CenterWeb 2335 N Texas Ave, Pearland, TX 77581281-485-1987, info@pnctexas.comRent, Utilities, Gas, Food and Baby Pantry, Bread Pantry, Santa's Helpers Program, School Supply Vouchers, Emergency Assistance, Finanical Stability Course, GED Scholarships, Disaster ReliefBrazoria CountyM - F 8 to 5
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry WWebeb435 Stafford Run Road
Stafford, Texas 77477-5639
281 261-1006Food, rent, utilities, resale shop, Christmas and Thanksgiving Meals, Backpacks for kids, East Fort Bend - 77053, 77459, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77489, 77545, 77583281 261-1006
Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) WWebeb9600 S. Gessner, Bldg. E
Houston, Texas 77071
713 270-0369 Gold Card, Medcaid, SNAP, Food, ESL, Computer Literacy, Voter Registration, Child Immunizations, Vision Screening, Domestic Abuse Counseling and support groups, Serves Greater Houston713 270-0369
Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) WWebeb5401 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77004-6808
(713) 522-5903 Food Pantry + Clothing (M-F 8:30am), Lunch Program (M - F + Sunday 11 am & 1pm, Backpacks (register in March) Serves Greater Houston (713) 522-5903
Interfaith of the Woodlands WebWeb4242 Interfaith Way
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
(832) 615-8219Rent, mortgage, utilities, prescription drugs, food, clothing, emergency shelter, Christmas gifts for kids, primary care, dental, womens health, senior transportation, senior grocery delivery, Woodlands - 77375, 77380, 77381, 77382, 77384, 77385, 77386, 77389, (832) 615-8219
My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center (not COH Program) WWebeb 12713A Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77099
(281) 498-9933Rent, utilities, Food, School supplies, Thanksgiving / Christmas Meal Program, Christmas gifts for kids, Easter baskets, 77031, 77035, 77036, 77042, 77056, 77071, 77072, 77074, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77085, 77096, 77099, 77401, 77477, 77478, (281) 498-9933
St. Vincent's House - Galveston Web2-2817 Alfreda Houston Place
Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 763-8521 Vision + Dental clinic, Mental Health Counseling, Speech, Physical Occupational Therapy, Rent, Utilities, Case Management, Transportation, Galveston - 77591, 77568, 77590, 77563, 77554, 77551, 77550, 77555, 77552, 77553, (409) 763-8521
Hero Houston WWebeb12335 Kingsride, Box 230, Houston, TX 77024(713) 932-3996Offers services to seniors in the Memorial and Spring Branch area. Transportation to medical appointments, light handyman work, help filling out documents and senior service referrals. Memorial and Spring Branch area. 77024 77043 77055 77079 77080Monday - Friday 8 to 5
Public Utility commission of Texas (PUC) Web888.782.8477 or 512.936.7500Will not turn of utilities or electricity if you have a need for medical equipment or you are on life support
COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program web866.454.8387 or 888.782.8477The Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program (CERP) helps consumers who are having trouble paying bills due to job loss or other related hardship.Who is eligible for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Plan?
Residential customers that qualify for unemployment or that are low income qualify for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Plan. Once approved for the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program, you will remain on the program for up to six months.

During that time, your electricity provider cannot disconnect your electricity for non-payment.
Fort Bend County WWeb eb 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469281.238.2273 or 281.633.7795Rent and utility assistanceServes Fort Bend County and zip codes:77406, 77417, 77420, 77430, 77435, 77441, 77444, 77451, 77459, 77461, 77464
77469, 77471, 77476
77478, 77477, 77479
77481, 77485, 77489, 77496, 77494, 77407, 77498, 77545
Open normal business hours 8 to 5 pm

Steps You Can Take To Avoid Eviction If You Cannot Find Rental Assistance In Houston 

In this guide, we covered one rental assistance offering $1.3 billion dollars and another providing $159 millions.  This seems like a lot, however, these funds will go fast and there will be households that will be left out.

If you cannot find rental assistance these are 3 steps that you can take to avoid eviction in Houston.

  1. Speak with your employer about potential financial assistance that is available –  If you stop working due to COVID you have two options: one speak to your employer to see if they provide paid time off + 2 if not apply for partial unemployment.
  2. Let your landlord know that you are having financial difficulties – This keeps you in good graces with your landlord and also satisfies one of the CDC eviction ban requirements. 
  3. Seek legal assistance to learn more about your tenant rights – If your landlord is not willing to work with you and you can contact Houston legal aid agencies to ensure your landlord is not violating your tenant rights. 

To learn more see our guide title 3 Ways To Avoid Eviction If You Cannot Find Rental Assistance In Houston

Conclusion

If COVID 19 has caused you to lose earnings, consider applying for help through these emergency rental assistance programs in Houston. 

One suggestion that I can offer is to learn as much as possible about the rent assistance program that you are applying for. Especially the documents that are needed. 

These are government funds, therefore the nonprofits who will be screening you will need those documents.

Without those documents, they may be unable to assist you, no matter how dire your situation is.

Because of this, you are encouraged to read over the documents that are needed and gather them prior to applying so that the process can go as quickly as possible. 

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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.

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