The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has launched a new rental assistance program for Texans! The rental assistance program is LIVE! Landlords and tenants are eligible to apply.
The Texas Rent Relief Program can help renters with the following costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020 (this means you could potentially request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills):
Past due, current and up to 3 months of expected rent costs
Past due, current or up to 3 months of expected utility and home energy expenses
After the initial 3 months of forward assistance, you can apply for 3 additional months of assistance if funds are still available.
Households must have income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as defined by TDHCA.
One or more of the tenant household members have:
Qualified for unemployment benefits; OR
Attest in writing that due to or during the pandemic, they:
PEC: The rate for your base power (per Kilowatt hour) during this weather event will not change; however, any variations in your bill will be due to the amount of energy consumed. Read more here: https://www.pec.coop/news/2021/winter-storm-faq
SMEU: There will be no increase in rates for SMEU customers at this time. However, customer usage will likely be much higher than normal due to the nearly two weeks of extremely cold weather experienced, which may result in higher than normal bills this billing period. Read more here: http://sanmarcostx.gov/3359/Winter-Weather
Bluebonnet: Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s electric rates will not increase as a result of February’s extreme weather. However, the extremely cold temperatures during February’s historic cold spell caused members to use more electricity which can result in a higher bill. Read more here: https://www.bluebonnet.coop/Community
Central TX Coop: We will update with information soon.
FEMA Relief Assistance
Hays and Blanco Residents Qualify
Individuals who sustained losses due to the winter storms and do not have insurance can now apply for federal assistance. If your property was damaged in one of the designated counties and you don't have insurance, apply for assistance now: