We will begin accepting applications for rental assistance on Wednesday, February 15th.
The CARES ACT has allocated additional funding to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of these funds have been allocated to Fort Bend County. The County has established a new ERA program, in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines, to provide assistance to eligible households through this new rental assistance program.
If you are a Fort Bend County resident and meet income eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to apply for this program. The ERA Program will provide rent and/or utility assistance for up to twelve (12) months, or until funds are exhausted. This a NEW program, therefore you must apply to be considered.
An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of 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 to be 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. For household incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility must be re-determined every 3 months.
To apply, click the link here. Applicants that enrolled previously and/or received assistance in the original Cares Program will have to reapply for this assistance. Click here to find out what you need to qualify for rental assistance.
Starting the week of February 15th, landlords and renters can submit an application online at the link above. If you or a family member DO 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 COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance program will be open for applicants to apply on February 17th at 8:00am.
If an applicant is deemed ineligible the County will reevaluate the case for accuracy and provide references for assistance. This may include seeking funding from alternative resources, such as nonprofit organizations and other community partners, that may be able to offer financial assistance.
We encourage your participation in this Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help Fort Bend County residents remain in safe households during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We ask that you assist your renters by applying through the Landlord Portal and answer a few questions and provide a few documents. Also you must:
Thank you for helping the residents of Fort Bend County get through this COVID-19 Pandemic.