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

HOME and Homeless Programs Division Announcements

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) COVID-19 Setaside Application and Application Submission Procedures Manual (ASPM) Now Available

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA or “the Department”) HOME Program announces the availability of the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) COVID-19 Setaside Application and Application Submission Procedures Manual (ASPM).

On March 26, 2020, the TDHCA Board of Directors approved the reprogramming of up to $11.2M in HOME funding to a special TBRA set-aside to assist households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department has developed a short-term rental assistance program (3-6 months) for low-income renter households economically impacted by COVID-19. In order to expedite provision of TBRA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Governor, and the TDHCA Board of Directors have approved multiple waivers related to administration of TBRA. A list of these waivers can be found at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/applications.htm under the HOME COVID-19 TBRA Setaside Reservation System Application Documents header.

Eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, units of local government, and public housing authorities, and COGs that do not have an existing Reservation System Participant (RSP) Agreement, and would like to provide TBRA under the COVID-19 set-aside, may submit the abbreviated Application to the Department in order to access these funds. Applications to access the Reservation System will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Administrators with current RSP Agreements will be able to access available funding under their existing set-asides, and may submit a request to amend their existing RSP Agreement to add to COVID-19 TBRA set-aside. An RSP Agreement is not a guarantee of funds.

Application materials are available at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/applications.htm.

For Application or programmatic questions, please send an email to the HOME Division at home@tdhca.state.tx.us. You may also contact TDHCA HOME Single Family Production Coordinator Raul Salazar at 512-475-2975 or at raul.salazar@tdhca.state.tx.us.