Emergency Rental Assistance Program


The City of Fort Worth has partnered with Fort Worth Housing Solutions to disburse federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds to eligible households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar assistance is available through other municipalities and the Texas Rent Relief Program. Duplicate assistance will not be provided.

Assistance may be available to landlords or their tenants when the tenant is at least two months behind on rent or utilities from March 13, 2020, the date of the federal COVID-19 disaster declaration, through Dec. 31, 2021, or until available funds are exhausted.

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To apply, review the list of required documents below and register to begin your application HERE.

Applications may be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of an eligible household within the city limits of Fort Worth, Texas. A landlord application must be approved by the head of the eligible household. In most cases, FWHS will allocate funds directly to landlords and utility service providers. If a landlord does not wish to participate, funds may be paid directly to the eligible household.

You will be prompted to upload digital files of documents. If you are unable to upload documents, email ERAP@fwhs.org for assistance.

Documentation

Prior to filing an application, heads of household should be prepared to upload digital copies (pdf or jpg files) of the following documents:

  • Valid identification for each household member over age 17
  • Notice to vacate
  • Past due notices for rent and/or utility bills
  • Copy of lease
  • Documentation of all current sources of income (Social Security income, Social Security Administration benefits, paycheck stubs, unemployment benefits statement, child support statements, pension, etc.)
  • Hardship documentation (death, hospitalization, increased daycare cost, cost associated with home schooling, etc.)
  • Documentation of previous assistance if provided by other agencies (promissory notes, etc.)
  • 2020 income tax returns or W-2
  • Documentation of risk of homelessness or housing instability (i.e. prior notices to vacate for units other than one seeking assistance, disconnect notice or past due notices for utility bills)

Eligibility

An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in Fort Worth, Texas, which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:

  1. Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  3. Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income.

Rental assistance provided to an eligible household may not duplicate any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.

Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median are prioritized for assistance.

Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application based on documents no older than two months prior to application submission. Applicants who submit proof of monthly income must recertify their income every three months.

Additional details can be found at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/emergency-rental-assistance-program.

2021 HUD Income Limits

Number of Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Extremely Low
Income
$17,000 $19,400 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
Very Low
Income
$28,300 $32,350 $36,400 $40,400 $43,650 $46,900 $50,100 $53,350
Low‐Income $45,300 $51,750 $58,200 $64,650 $69,850 $75,000 $80,200 $85,350

How long is assistance available?
Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available.

Background

The U.S. Department of Treasury launched the $25 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) on Jan. 5, 20201. The program was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

ERAP assists households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are provided directly to states, including the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, local governments with more than 200,000 residents, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Indian tribes. Eligible grantees must use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.