Heads-Up, Killeen: Texas Will End Its Rent Assistance Program This Week
When the pandemic hit, there were tons of programs designed to provide relief for Texas citizens affected.
For example, back in March, the partnership between Bell County commissioners and Hill Country Community Action approved a program dispersing almost $11 million in federal funds for rentals here in Central Texas.
Now another rent relief program designed to help Texans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is set to expire this week, reportedly due to a lack of funds.
According to the Texas Tribune, as of 5 PM on Friday, the Texas rent relief program will stop taking applications from residents who need help paying rent and utilities.
Reportedly, the State of Texas is asking The U.S. Treasury Department for more money allowing them to reopen applications, seeing as how the state has spent more than $1.7 billion helping needy residents pay rent and utilities since December 2020.
Lack of funding isn't the only reason people have had problems getting assistane.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs says a software issue that has now been fixed is the reason it took first-time applicants more than two months to be processed for rent relief and more than a month to get processed for eviction or utility disconnection.
If you're in need of help while you work to get back on your feet, the United Way of Central Texas has information about available resources.
Of course, lots of people are also experiencing food insecurity right now as well due to the ongoing pandemic and its impact on our economy. If you could use some help with food right now, please reach out to the Central Texas Food Bank.
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