The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will launch the Texas Rent Relief Program Monday, funded with $1.3 billion in federal COVID-19 funds. The funds will be used to help Texans pay rent and utility bills, including those that are past due. Applications will be accepted from landlords and tenants starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 15.

The Texas Rent Relief Program can help with the following costs as far back as March 13, 2020:

  • Past due, current and up to three months of expected rent costs
  • Past due, current or up to three months of expected utility and home energy expenses

After receiving assistance for three months of expected costs, households can apply for additional assistance if funds are still available.

For qualification information and to submit an application, call 1-833-989-7368 or visit The call center will be open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.