How to Get Rental Assistance in Houston

Help With Rent How to Get Rental Assistance in Houston

How to Get Rental Assistance in Houston

Emergency rental assistance programs have been a lifeline for many Houstonians seeking help to prevent eviction from their homes. Landlords have equally benefited from the programs available. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a federal program administered locally by the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program, has helped nearly 70,000 families and provided almost $280,000 in rental assistance since the beginning of 2021. This program was created to help with the housing crisis that resulted from the economic upheaval during the early months of the COVID-19 epidemic. Many families continue to suffer financially and worry about losing their housing.

Despite the large amount of support for ERAP, everyone who needs it is not able to get the help they need. Available funding is limited, and it can take weeks or months to receive the money. Renters and landlords must keep looking for additional resources for housing and rental support. DoNotPay has the ability to connect people seeking rental assistance or housing with access to the applications for help, reducing the steps needed to get assistance.

What Organizations Help With Housing and Rental Assistance?

Most of the housing assistance available is funded by the federal government and administered or distributed by state or local government agencies. Some locations augment some funding from local tax resources.

Houston Housing Authority

The eviction moratorium enacted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during the height of the pandemic has ended. The end of the moratorium has put some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk of eviction. There are opportunities to find low-income housing in Greater Houston. Subsidized housing, also known as Section 8, is available in Houston for those who qualify. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) oversees Section 8 housing through a voucher program. Eligibility is limited to low-income families, the disabled, and the elderly.

Houston Housing and Community Development

Intervening in imminent evictions is a priority for the city of Houston. Some funding is available to keep families in their homes and prevent homelessness.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Rental Assistance?

There are basic eligibility requirements for every rental assistance program. If you are eligible, don't hesitate to seek assistance.

  • Unemployment or lost income
  • Income can be no more than 80% of Area Family Median Income (AMI). The amount is based on family size
  • Must have been adversely impacted financially by COVID
  • Houston currently requires that applicants be in the process of eviction for nonpayment of rent

Just a reminder that it may take some time for you to receive it.

What Do I Need to Apply for Assistance?

Evidence of program eligibility is required as part of the application process. Below is a list of documents you need to prepare:

  1. Proof of identity
  2. Government ID
  3. Proof of residence
    1. Utility bill or
    2. Lease agreement
  4. Proof of income
    1. Pay stubs or
    2. Tax returns
  5. Proof of economic hardship
    1. Pay stubs showing reduction of income or
    2. Layoff notice or
  6. Medical bills
  7. Proof of housing instability
    1. Eviction notice or
    2. Past due rent notices or
    3. Unpaid utility bills

What Community Organizations Can Help Those Needing Rental Assistance?

When someone needs help paying rent, they often have other needs. These organizations can help with rent as well as other basic needs. They may help with food, utilities, clothing, and shelter if homelessness occurs. They can also help those who might not be eligible for traditional help.

Salvation ArmyHelps individuals and families with many needs including food, shelter, clothing, financial assistance
Baker RipleyHas community centers throughout Houston helping residents with job and career development, senior services, and utility assistance
Catholic CharitiesHelps people find counseling, emergency shelter, and food. They also provide assistance to refugees, seniors, women, and families
United Way of HoustonBrings together multiple non-profit agencies to help people in need

Find Rental Assistance in Houston With the Help of DoNotPay

We can prepare a letter to your local housing authority and inquire about what alternatives you have for receiving rental assistance. Here are the 4 steps to get started:

  1. Search for Rental Assistance on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Put together a list of your income, debts, expenses, and assets. If you need help accessing information like your credit report, DoNotPay can help you get your report.

     

  3. Let DoNotPay collect your basic information and compose a letter to your local housing authority requesting rental assistance.

     

  4. Lastly, DoNotPay will send your letter to your local housing authority.

     

DoNotPay makes it easy to get solutions.

Why Use DoNotPay to Find Rental Assistance in Houston?

DoNotPay finds solutions. Your time is important. DoNotPay is:

  • Fast—You will be connected with the right solutions quickly.
  • Easy—You don't have to continually search for assistance from programs with changing eligibility requirements.
  • Successful—You can be sure you are connected to the best solutions accessible.

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