Travis County suspends applications for rent and mortgage assistance

Travis County has suspended accepting applications for rent and mortgage assistance.

The county says its Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has received approximately 4,700 requests for assistance and that, based on the number received and the availability of funds, they plan to distribute all available funds.

The $9,155,552 available is funded by the Travis County general fund and the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (LFRF) provided under the American Rescue Plan Act. The program opened on March 1 and received more than 3,300 applications in one week.

On March 8, due to the rate of requests received, the Travis County Commissioners Court gave instructions to schedule a pause in accepting new applications.

HHS is currently reviewing submitted eligibility applications. The process of determining eligibility and disbursing assistance will take place over the next few months. HHS will notify applicants when their eligibility and assistance amounts are determined. If funds remain available after this process is complete, HHS will resume accepting new applications, the county says.

Travis County renters who need help can contact Texas 211, a toll-free helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can call 211 or (877) 541-7905 or Click here. United Way for Greater Austin can also connect tenants to resources.

Homeowners who need help can contact the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The Texas Homeowners Assistance Fund program is available to help you with mortgage, property tax, insurance, and HOA costs.

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