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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Hays County Commissioners Court recently approved the implementation of a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA). This program may help with rental, utility and late fee assistance for applicants who have had difficulty paying rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who meet the program criteria. The funds will come from a federal grant.

Having trouble paying past due rent because of COVID-19?
You may qualify for help.

Read through the process flowchart. Then click the Pre-qualification button.

Want to learn more?

See the program details, including application requirements and documentation needed as part of the ERA submission process, below.

Eligible Expenses

Funds may be used to pay the following:

  • Past due rent
  • Current and future rent
  • Reasonable accrued late fees

Documentation Needed to Apply

The documentation needed for the application submission includes, but is not limited to:

  • the amount due in rent, (statement showing amount due for all requested months)
  • utility statements if not included in rent,
  • requested late fees statement,
  • W9 (provided by landlord),
  • PDF bank deposit statements for the months of rent not paid,
  • previous W2, and
  • other applicant expenses.

NOTE: Proof of approval, non-approval, or non-participation is available to landlords and officials.

       Applicant Eligibility

Renter household must be in Hays County, have an income of no more than 80 percent of area medium income, AND one or more members of the household have either:

      • Qualified for unemployment benefits, OR due to or during the pandemic:
      • Experienced a reduction in income,
      • Incurred significant costs, or
      • Experienced other financial hardship.
      • AND one or more individuals within the household must demonstrate they:
      • Are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include a past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, OR
      • Live in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions.

 

Priority Guidelines

Per the federal grant guidelines, Hays County will prioritize assistance as follows:

Priority 1 – applicants (requiring assistance with past due rent or utilities) who have an income at or below 50 percent of the area median OR households with one or more individuals who have been unemployed for at least a 90-day period preceding the date of application will be prioritized for assistance for the first twenty-one (21) days of the program, which began July 12, 2021.

Priority 2 – after Priority 1 is completed, applicants facing immediate eviction who also meet the income eligibility requirements will be prioritized.

Priority 3 – after Priority 2 is completed, all applicants meeting the income eligibility requirements and are not facing immediate eviction will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Renter household must be in Hays County, have an income of no more than 80 percent of area medium income, AND one or more members of the household have either:

    • Qualified for unemployment benefits, OR due to or during the pandemic:
    • Experienced a reduction in income,
    • Incurred significant costs, or
    • Experienced other financial hardship.
    • AND one or more individuals within the household must demonstrate they:
    • Are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include a past due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, OR
    • Live in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions.

 

About the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Hays County

Beginning July 12, 2021, tenants can register and receive a receipt of their registration, which can be used to show a Hays County court proof of application if eviction proceedings are already in progress. Landlords should contact the County’s ERA Program administrator for tenant flyers and encourage tenants with arrears rent (past due) to apply. If approved, payments from the ERA program grant are made directly to the landlord.

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rent and or utility assistance (accrued after March 13, 2020). After an initial one to three months of provided support, households may reapply for additional assistance (in three-month increments, not to exceed a total of 12 months).

Applicants having income at or below 50 percent of the area median OR households with one or more individuals that have been unemployed for at least a 90-day period preceding the date of application will be prioritized for the first twenty-one (21) days of the program per policy. The Hays County program began July 12.

Hays County Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program

Hays County Historic Courthouse
111 E. San Antonio St.,
Rm. 303
San Marcos, TX 78666
Email: erap@co.hays.tx.us
Phone: 512.878.6685

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