In addition to Section 8 housing, Texas offers other forms of rent assistance that can help federal aid applicants. Texas aid beneficiaries may qualify for one or more of these rent assistance programs.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provides several programs that can help Texans who are struggling to pay their rent. In addition to running the Section 8 housing program, the TDHCA funds and supports affordable reduced-rent apartments throughout Texas.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program
Tenants in this program receive subsidized rent assistance for up to 60 months. To qualify for assistance, beneficiaries are required to participate in a helpful self-sufficiency program.
Rent Assistance for People With Disabilities
The TDHCA offers multiple rental assistance programs for people with disabilities. The Project Access Program distributes vouchers that enable beneficiaries to apply for a housing unit on the private rental market. The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program provides project-based housing for eligible beneficiaries with a disability.
Emergency and Homelessness Programs
The TDHCA also offers short-term, emergency rent assistance for those facing eviction and other housing difficulties. The state agency provides funds to local public housing authorities (PHAs) that go toward emergency shelter, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. PHAs can use the funds to help Texas locals with the costs of application fees, deposits and rent.
Federal Rent Assistance Programs
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers additional forms of rent assistance. Some of these programs are designed for specific groups, such as veterans, families, elderly people and people with disabilities. Similarly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Multi-Family Housing Program provides affordable rental units for low-income families throughout Texas.