How to Get Rental Assistance in Tarrant County

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How to Get Rental Assistance in Tarrant County

Financial troubles can happen to anyone, especially in the never-ending COVID aftermath where jobs and health are not guaranteed. However, running out of money doesn't have to mean living on the streets. Most US, state, and local governments would offer rental assistance for those temporarily experiencing financial difficulties rather than see a family become homeless due to cashflow problems. It is why it's possible to apply for for up to 18 months of rent while you get your feet under you and improve your household finances.

Of course, applying and being approved for rental assistance can be difficult and tedious. DoNotPay can help you as an online service expedite the process and help you get the best possible chance of having your rental assistance request accepted.

Rental Assistance in Tarrant County

Right now, Tarrant County is offering up to 18 months of rental assistance for both current and future rent and back-rent since April 2020. There are three potential sources of in addition to HUD, depending on where you live. Arlington and Fort Worth have housing authorities that provide rental assistance to city residents. Those residing outside of both cities can seek rental assistance directly through the Tarrant County housing authority.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program of Fort Worth, TX, provides for rent, past-due rent, utilities, and past-due utility payments. Those who meet hardship eligibility may apply for emergency rental assistance.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Arlington is no longer accepting applications for COVID-affected households. However, you can apply for the Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list or the Homeless/Eviction Prevention Assistance Program.

How to Apply for Rental Assistance in Tarrant County

Navigate to Get Rent Help

Start by navigating to the Get Rent Help homepage for Tarrant County. It will ensure you are in the right place applying for the right assistance for your situation.

Complete the Intake

Go through the basic intake quiz. It's a few questions about your location and financial/rental situation to help determine if you are eligible for the ERAP (Emergency Rent Assistance Program) participation.

Create Your Portal Account

When you finish the intake form, you will be redirected to the Tarrant County ERAP portal. Register an account to move forward and begin building your case.

Submit the Required Documents

When prompted, share the documents that you need to verify your identity, finances, and rental situation. You may need the following:

  1. Valid Photo ID
  • 2020 tax return
  • Bank statements for three months previous
  • Paychecks, stubs, or wage statements for the last 60 days
  • Employer attestation of wages in the last 60 days
  • Unemployment statement within the last 60 days
  • SNAP or Medicaid documentation
  1. Provide Proof of Financial Hardship - in your documentation and situational report, you will need to provide proof that you've suffered recent financial hardship. Indicate if this was the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or an illness in the household. Those whose financial troubles are recent and out of your control are more likely to be approved for assistance.
  2. Provide Proof of Housing Instability - provide proof that your housing situation is unstable. Upload your eviction notice or past due notice for your rent. Use your landlord as a reference so they can confirm your risk of housing instability.
  3. Wait for A Response - typically, it can take several weeks for your rental assistance application can be processed. Sit tight and wait to hear back from the housing authority.
Name of ProgramPhone NumberEmail AddressApplication Link
Tarrant County ERAP817-531-764Not SpecifiedApplication
Fort Worth ERAP817-392-7540LinkApplication
Arlington ERAP817-275-3351LinkNot Specified

Who Is Eligible for Rental Assistance in Tarrant County?

  • Renters and, with permission, Landlords on tenants behalf
  • Below 80% of Area Median Income
  • One or more people qualified for
  • unemployment
  • reduction in income or financial hardship due to COVID 19
  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

How to Get Tarrant County Rental Assistance With the Help of DoNotPay

Applying and being approved for rental assistance can be hard. With mountains of paperwork and the need to prove your hardship, many households that need and deserve rental assistance miss the opportunity because it is so difficult to complete. During this difficult time in your life, you don't need the extra hassle or hurdles between you and your financial stability. That is where DoNotPay can help.

As an online service, DoNotPay can provide you with the support and precision you need to apply for rental assistance in Tarrant County. Just upload your documents and explain your situation. We'll help you choose the right rental program for your area, apply for assistance, and draft a letter to your housing authority to help move the process forward. DoNotPay is on your side, even during difficult times and situations like this.

We can compose a letter to your local housing authority based on your situation and inquire about your best options for receiving assistance. Here are the four steps:

  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 Can Help With Rental Assistance in Any State, City, or County

Can DoNotPay provide rental assistance help outside of Tarrant County? Yes. Our online services work in any location in the US. Need rental assistance somewhere else? Know someone who does? We can write a rental assistance application letter for anyone, anywhere in the country.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Can DoNotPay do more than help you apply for rental assistance? Absolutely. DoNotPay was founded on the idea of saving people money and making difficult tasks easy. Here are just a few other ways we can help improve your life and save you money during this difficult time in your life.

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