Rental Assistance Coming Soon
In August, the City of Austin and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) will launch the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants Assistance Program (RENT). The program is for income-eligible Austin renters that live within the city limits and are financially impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide direct rent relief of $12.9 million between August 2020 and January 2021.
Who is Eligible for Assistance?
Renters who think they may be eligible must apply through the RENT online application portal (open in August). Applicants will be randomly selected and qualified per program requirements and funding availability. Full monthly rent payment will be made directly to landlords on behalf of the tenant.
To be eligible, applicants must:
● Live within Austin’s full purpose city limits and make 80 percent or less of the Median Family Income (see chart below);
● Are currently on a lease or contractually bound rental relationship;
● Are not already recipients of federal rental assistance programs; and
● Have documentation showing that COVID-19 has affected them financially (e.g., paystubs, unemployment notice, notice of rent due, etc.).
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