Emergency Rental Assistance Program
NOTICE: Applications for rental assistance are expected to go live at noon on March 1, 2021. Please use this link to access the application: https://ndc.smapply.io/prog/city_of_allen .
The City of Allen is eligible for funding through Collin County from the Emergency Rental Assistance Program included in Congress's latest COVID-19 relief package. The City anticipates receiving approximately $2.9 million from Collin County to administer this program.
In addition, the City anticipates receiving $150,000 from the State of Texas for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Diversion Programs.
These programs will be combined to aid Allen citizens with rent and utility assistance per program guidelines. Although the individual program guidelines may vary, the base eligibility is the same:
An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
- Must be a City of Allen resident
Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median income are to be prioritized for assistance.
Household income is determined as either the household's total income for calendar year 2020 or the household's monthly income at the time of application. For household incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility must be re-determined every three (3) months.
- Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional three (3) months, if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available.
- The payment of existing housing-related arrears that could result in eviction of an eligible household is prioritized.
- Assistance must be provided to reduce an eligible household's rental arrears before the household may receive assistance for future rent payments.
- Once a household's rental arrears are reduced, grantees may only commit to providing future assistance for up to three (3) months at a time.
- Households may reapply for additional assistance at the end of the three-month period if needed and the overall time limit for assistance is not exceeded.