Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program Launches June 1 And You Should Start Gathering the Necessary Documents Now
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Having trouble paying your rent, mortgage or utility bills?
You are not alone. Many of our citizens are struggling to keep a roof over their heads in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fort Bend County is here to help.
The County has approved $19.5 million in funding from the federal CARES Act for the Fort Bend County COVID-19 Rental, Mortgage & Utilities Assistance Program, which will help eligible citizens pay their rent beginning June 2020 through November 2020. The County allocated an additional $2 million for utility assistance. Residents may apply for rental assistance, utility assistance, or both here
The program launches June 1, but tenants must prepare NOW!
Click here to find out what you need to qualify for rental, mortgage and utilities assistance. Starting June 1, you can submit your application online at the link above. If you or a family member does NOT have access to a computer or the Internet, you may contact the program call center at 281-238-CARE (281-238-2273). However, using the website is the most efficient and effective way to enroll in the program.
The $19.5 million COVID-19 Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance program will be implemented in three phases:
- Phase 1: June-July $6,500,000
- Phase 2: August-September $6,500,000
- Phase 3: October-November $6,500,000
Residents may apply to receive rental, mortgage and utility assistance, during all three phases of the program. Applications will be accepted for:
- Phase 1: Until June 12, 2020 or until the funds are expended, whichever comes first;
- Phase 2: Until (TBD) or until the funds are expended, whichever comes first; and
- Phase 3: Until (TBD) or until the funds are expended, whichever comes first.
Tenants must reapply for rental, mortgage and utilities assistance, during Phase 2 and Phase 3. The same eligibility criteria and restrictions will apply for each phase.
(Note: Tenants may be able to bypass the application process by submitting a certification confirming their need for assistance and verification of continued loss of income.)
If a tenant is not successful in obtaining Phase 1 benefits, the County will reevaluate how to best serve tenants in Phases 2 and 3. This may include seeking funding from alternative resources, such as nonprofit organizations and other community partners, that may be able to offer financial assistance.
"Fort Bend County is the best County in the United States because of the amazing people that call it home. We take pride in making Fort Bend County a vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. Even though we have all been negatively impacted by the pandemic, together, we will get through this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever."
—Fort Bend County Judge KP George
Fort Bend County Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program
Criteria and Eligibility
Not sure if you qualify? You must present the following information.
- Proof your primary residence is in Fort Bend County:
- ○ Government issued or valid photo ID
- ○ Most recent utility bill (matching address of residence)
- ○ Valid lease or mortgage statement
- Proof your pre-COVID-19 household income was less than 80% of the area’s average median income:
- ○ Most recent pay stub and/or
- ○ 2019 tax return
- Affirming you are eligible and receiving benefits through ANY of the following programs:
- ○ Medicaid
- ○ Public Housing Assistance
- ○ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- ○ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- ○ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- ○ National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- ○ Head Start or Early Head Start
- ○ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- ○ Women’s, Infant and Children Program (WIC)
- ○ Federal Pell Grant
- ○ VA Pension or Disability
- ○ Tribal Assistance
Meet the following income guidelines of 80% Average Median Income in the table below:
|Number of household members||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Annual Income Limit||$44,150||$50,450||$56,750||$63,050||$68,100||$73,150||$78,200||$83,250|
|Monthly Income Limit||$3,679||$4,204||$4,729||$5,254||$5,675||$6,096||$6,517||$6,938|
NOTE: If your income exceeds these amounts, you are still eligible to apply to the program. Individuals at or below 80% average median income will be prioritized.
- Proof or certification that you cannot pay rent for June and/or July 2020 due to a loss/reduction of employment or loss of income resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19:
- ○ Texas Workforce Commission statement of benefits received
- ○ Certification of income loss
- Proof you have been unable to pay rent after April 1, 2020:
- ○ Late notice or eviction notice (if applicable)
- You have not received rental assistance from any other source for the same period of time as requested from this program.
- Your landlord or the mortgage company must agree to participate in the program. Make sure to have your landlord’s full contact information or mortgage company’s address and contact information available to enter and upload.
*** The maximum rent or mortgage allowance is $1,500 per month per household.
*** The maximum utility allowance is $500 per month.