Limited funds force Project BRAVO to temporarily suspend rental and mortgage assistance

On Monday morning, Project BRAVO officials announced that they are temporarily suspending the rental and mortgage assistance program for new applicants starting January 11, 2021, due to limited funds.

“The number of applications we received in the first week of the year, as well as pending applications from 2020, exceeded our funding capacity for rent and mortgage assistance. In our first week of opening our application process, we received over 1140 applications,” says Laura Ponce, Executive Director of the BRAVO Project. “If we don’t close the application process now, I fear we will exacerbate the crisis for potential applicants who need help now.”

Officials added that households who submitted applications for rental or mortgage assistance by 4:30 p.m. on January 11, 2021 will receive notice of eligibility by February 22, 2021. All other programs and services such as Utilities Assistance will continue to accept applications through their online portal or paper applications available from mailboxes outside our six community centres.

“The BRAVO Project also administers the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP),” a program official said. “TEDP provides 6 months of rental assistance which may include future payments. To qualify for this program, the tenant and landlord must have an active eviction with a case number and a designated judge.

Interested applicants may call the TEDP Program Administrator at (915) 562-4100 ext. 420 for more information.

Project BRAVO expects to receive additional funding for rent and mortgage later in the year and will open the application process for rent and mortgage assistance once these funds become available.

“We encourage low-income families who are struggling due to COVID to apply for our other Project BRAVO programs, such as Utilities Assistance which can provide up to $1,600 in assistance in 2021,” officials added.

For more information about programs and services, call (915) 562-4100 or visit www.projectbravo.org.