Tarrant County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will close to new assistance applications on April 30.
Tarrant County residents living outside of the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth may continue to apply for rental assistance at GetRentHelp.com until the deadline at 5 p.m. on April 30.
The County decided to close the application portal to ensure sufficient funds remain to assist eligible applicants. Once the portal has closed, the program will continue to process applications submitted prior to the April 30 deadline in the order received. Households already approved for assistance with ERAP do not need to reapply.
Since March 2021, Tarrant County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has distributed $12.5 million in rent and utility assistance to renters and their landlords.
Tarrant County has also obligated $17 million to continue serving approved households. The funding, provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan, has allowed the County to provide access to stable housing to just under 1,400 households throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to $6 million in CARES funding the County provided for rent assistance in 2020.
“Tarrant County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been key to helping citizens in need recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Judge Glen Whitley. “It’s made a big difference, and where folks may still need help, other county resources are available.”
While ERAP may be closing, a different kind of housing assistance is now available.
A new Lease Incentive Program launched April 1 with $750,000 in funding provided by Tarrant County’s second Emergency Rental Assistance allocation from the Treasury Department (ERA2).
This program will provide financial assistance with application fees, security deposits, moving costs, hotel and motel fees, and hard to house fees to eligible Tarrant County residents, living outside of the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth. The program is being administered by the Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office and aims to help those without permanent housing obtain a lease. Applicants may apply in person at the office or online.
For more information on the Lease Incentive Program, go to Tarrant County Housing Assistance Website.
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