Apply for emergency rental assistance
Published on March 15, 2021
The City of Fort Worth and its partner agencies will begin accepting applications March 8 for emergency rental assistance. Fort Worth residents can apply for help with rent, past due rent, utilities, past due utility payments and other housing expenses resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
The goal of the program is keeping families in their homes. Renters may be eligible for help if they’ve qualified for unemployment, experienced a reduction in household income or other financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
Generally, rental assistance is available in three-month increments. Household income must be recertified every three months to continue receiving assistance, which can last up to 12 months plus an additional three months, if necessary, to ensure housing stability.
Landlords and owners may apply on behalf of renters who meet the eligibility requirements, so long as the tenant cosigns the application. Payments are made directly to landlords and/or utility providers.
Applications are available online. The Neighborly Software is easy to use and allows users to save work as they go. Use Google Chrome, a free web browser, from a computer or laptop for the best results. Documentation can be uploaded as a pdf, jpeg or photo.
If you do not have internet at home, check city libraries, community centers and other public buildings for a free Wi-Fi connection. If you need help with the application, contact one of the partner agencies below:
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Housing Solutions
View more detailed information about eligibility and a checklist of what you’ll need to apply.