Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

TDHCA COVID-19 Response

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) response to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic includes:

  • Funding for Texans affected by COVID-19,
  • Guidance for TDHCA-funded properties and administrators, and
  • Housing resources and information for the general public.

The program response to COVID-19 includes funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (S.3548 – 116th Congress (2019-2020)) and reprogrammed TDHCA funds. TDHCA CARES Act funding is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In most cases these funds are only available for eligible households, those economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TDHCA Program Response

Emergency Rental Assistance and Homeless Services

  • CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV)
  • Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP)
  • + Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act- reveals a new section
    • $48,102,282 from the USHHS
    • Approximately $1.4 million additional prior year CSBG discretionary funds reprogrammed for COVID response
    • Administered by Community Action Agencies
    • Activities designed to provide essential services, eliminate poverty and foster self-sufficiency for households with income of up to 200% of the federal poverty level
    • Consumer Help:
      • To find a local provider, visit Help for Texans and select the “Emergency & Homeless Services” option
      • Additional resources may be available through the Texas Information and Referral Network: Dial 2-1-1, or call toll free 877-541-7905 or visit www.211texas.org (copy and paste into your browser if needed)
    • CSBG Program
  • + Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) CARES Act- reveals a new section
    • $97,792,616 total from HUD: $33,254,679 in first phase of funding and $64,537,937 in second phase.
    • Administered by subgrantees selected in cooperation with local Continuums of Care
    • Activities include street outreach, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter for households experiencing homelessness or very low-income households at risk of homelessness
    • Consumer Help:
      • To find a local provider, visit Help for Texans and select the “Emergency & Homeless Services” option
      • Additional resources may be available through the Texas Information and Referral Network: Dial 2-1-1, or call toll free 877-541-7905 or visit www.211texas.org
    • ESG Program
  • + Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP)- reveals a new section
    • $239,886 in reprogrammed HHSP funds
    • Administered through the following cities: Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano and San Antonio
    • COVID-19 response funds to be utilized for homelessness assistance and homelessness prevention, which may include assistance with past-due mortgage payments or late fees for individuals or households experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness
    • Consumer Help:
      • To find a local provider, visit Help for Texans and select the “Emergency & Homeless Services” option
    • HHSP Program

Long-Term Rent Payment Help

Utility Assistance

  • + Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) CARES Act- reveals a new section
    • $94,023,896 from USHHS
    • Administered through the existing network of Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program subrecipients
    • Activities include utility bill payment assistance
    • Consumer Help:
      • Visit Help for Texans and select the “Utility Bill Payment Help” option
      • From a landline, call toll free 877-399-8939 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The toll free number will directly connect you with the service provider in your county.
      • Additional resources may be available through the Texas Information and Referral Network: Dial 2-1-1, call toll free 877-541-7905 or visit www.211texas.org
    • LIHEAP Program

Other TDHCA Programs

TDHCA COVID-19 Guidance

Multifamily Properties Guidance

Housing and Homelessness Programs Guidance

Community Affairs Programs Guidance

Other TDHCA Guidance