City’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program ending

Published on April 07, 2022

a logo of a house's outline that says Emergency Rental Assistance

The city’s Neighborhood Services staff has closed the application portal for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program as all available funding has been obligated.

Fort Worth contracted with several nonprofits to disburse federal funds to eligible households that were unable to pay rent and/or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since November 2021, the program has averaged expenditures of $4.5 million per month, and residents have received an average of $6,400 per application. As of March 1, 2022, the program has successfully disbursed $30,840,857 to eligible applicants and assisted 4,785 households.

Staff does not anticipate any additional federal or state funds coming to the city to extend the program, and there will not be enough funding to cover rental assistance for all of those who have submitted applications.

Applications submitted before the March 31 closure will continue to be processed until all the funds are exhausted and will be prioritized based on eviction status, income level and application submission date. Applications received prior to March 31 are not guaranteed assistance, and staff members will redirect applicants to other available resources.

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