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Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)

Overview

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP) helps eligible Texas tenants, who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been sued for eviction, stay in their homes and provides landlords with an alternative to eviction. If both the tenant and landlord agree to participate in the TEDP and meet the requirements in the chart below, the TEDP may provide up to six months of rental assistance. This temporary program is a unique partnership between the Supreme Court of Texas, Texas Office of Court Administration, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA).

  • Assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months).
  • The TEDP uses a special court process that allows courts to put eviction lawsuits on hold and divert them to the TEDP. Under the TEDP, lump sum payments are provided to landlords for rental arrears in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes and forgiving late fees. Diverted cases will be dismissed and made confidential from public disclosure.

There are two Eviction Diversion activities – an initial pilot program funded by the Community Services Block Grant CARES program and then available in several months, a program that will ultimately provide statewide coverage funded by the Community Development Block Grant CARES program.

View the Court’s Eviction Diversion Program page (txcourts.gov).

Individuals wanting to learn more about the Texas Supreme Court order issued on Sept. 25, https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1449812/209113.pdf

TEDP Program Eligibility

For full program eligibility requirements, see the “TEDP Program Document Provided to Landlords and Tenants by the courts” below under Program Documents. Two of the tests that must be met are for Household Eligibility and Unit Rent Eligibility:

Household Eligibility Test:

To be eligible for the TEDP Pilot a household’s income must be below 200% of poverty noted below:

Household Size 200% Poverty
1 Person $25,520
2 Person $34,480
3 Person $43,440
4 Person $52,400
5 Person $61,360
6 Person $70,320
7 Person $79,280
8 Person $88,240

For households with more than 8 persons, add $8,960 for each additional person.

Unit Eligibility Test:

To be eligible for the TEDP Pilot two limits apply to determining the maximum assistance for rent:

  1. The maximum amount of rent the program will pay is set at 120% of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR), or where no SAFMR exists, the Fair Market Rent (FMR).
  2. The maximum amount of contract rent for the unit cannot exceed 150% of the SAFMR, or where no SAFMR exists, the FMR. If a unit’s contract rent exceeds this amount, the unit and household are not eligible for assistance under the program.
  • If a tenant’s unit rent falls between 120% and 150% of the applicable SAFMR or FMR, the program will still be able to assist the tenant, however, the tenant must pay the amount of arrears in excess of the 120% limit, or be in a payment plan executed by both the tenant and the landlord, before the program will pay the 120% contribution.
  • To find the 120% and 150% limits described above, use the tool (XLSX) here. Enter the zip code for the unit for which assistance is being requested.

TEDP Program Documents

Tenant applications must be requested through the organizations representing the counties listed in the table below.

TEDP Pilot

This program is funded with $3.3 million of CSBG CARES Discretionary funds. As a pilot program, there will be a select group of administrators working in a limited number of counties. The results of that pilot will be used to help inform the statewide program.

CSBG-D Eviction Diversion Pilot Program
OrganizationCounties ServedContact PersonPhone
Brazos Valley Community Action Program Brazos, Chambers and Montgomery Norma Karakurt 979-595-2801 x8006
El Paso Community Action Program/Project Bravo El Paso Evelyn Gallegos 915-562-4100 x420
Gulf Coast Community Services Association Harris
*Harris Co. TEDP funds are fully committed at this time
Amanda Shelton Main Line:
713-393-4700

Legal Aid:
800-733-8394
Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Randall, Potter, Deaf Smith John Kiehl;
Lori Gunn
806-372-3381
San Antonio, Dept. of Human Services Bexar Minerva Hernandez Rental/Mortgage Assistance: 210-207-5910

210-207-5917
Texas Neighborhood Services Erath, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise Bradley Manning 817-598-5700
Texoma Council of Governments Fannin, Grayson Judy Fullylove 903-813-3537
Community Action Corporation of South Texas Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, San Patricio Victoria Pena 361-664-0145 x2038

Pilot Program County Map (PDF)

If you are a tenant in danger of eviction, visit https://stoptxeviction.org for help understanding your options.

For more information, please contact the person listed above for the county in which you live. Only those who reside in the counties listed above are eligible for this program, and you must have been sued for eviction and have a court docket number to appy. If your county is not listed, then it is not participating in the pilot program.

For all other counties, please visit https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=24913dabcf8b4aeab5e863a467a58002 for information updated in real-time regarding contacts for the entitlement communities providing rental assistance and eviction diversion supported by CDBG CARES Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP). These funds will be available locally by the beginning of February. At the link, you will find contact information for each entitlement community as well as an estimated start date for the TERAP program. You can find additional information here: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/CDBG-CARES.htm.

If your county is not participating in TEDP or TERAP, then please see the information below regarding future TEDP and Emergency Rental Assistance Statewide expansion. If you have other questions, you may contact Madison Lozano at Madison.lozano@tdhca.state.tx.us or (512) 936-7798.

TEDP Statewide Program

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has been designated to receive approximately $1 billion in Emergency Rental Assistance funds from the newly passed Coronavirus Relief Bill. TDHCA is actively working to make these funds available as rapidly as possible. The funds will be available statewide, and tenants and landlords will apply directly to TDHCA. More information will be posted in the coming weeks. To be sure you hear about announcements for these funds and how to apply, please join the listserv called “Pandemic Relating Rental Assistance for Tenants and Landlords” by going to: http://maillist.tdhca.state.tx.us/list/subscribe.htmllui=
f9mu0g2g&mContainer=2&mOwner=G382s2w2r2p.