The Texas Supreme Court established the Texas Eviction Diversion Program. This voluntary program permits eligible landlords and tenants to resolve issues raised in an eviction case by providing up to six months of rental assistance for eligible tenants who are behind on their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If eligibility requirements are met, assistance can be used to pay the full contracted rent that is past due (up to five months), and the remainder may be used to pay for subsequent months of assistance (up to a total of six months) and the eviction case will be dismissed.
For Landlords to be Eligible
- The assistance must be for rent no older than April 2020.
- The rent for the household assisted may not exceed the TDHCA maximum limits established per ZIP code.
- They must have a bank account and accept direct deposit.
- Units that are already receiving project-based assistance or are public housing units are ineligible.
- Units that are owned by a unit of government may be ineligible.
For Tenants to be Eligible
- The tenant’s household income must be at or below 200% of poverty.
- The tenant’s household must have been financially affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tenants are ineligible if they are receiving tenant-based voucher assistance, are in a unit receiving project-based assistance, or are in public housing.
The Texas Legal Services Center has established a toll-free hotline to assist individuals seeking legal assistance at 855-270-7655. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has established a website and a toll-free hotline to provide information at 800-525-0657 or 512-475-3800 (pick option 4).
You can read more about the Texas Eviction Diversion Program in the COVID-19 section of texasrealestate.com.