CARES Act Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funds Available Through DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas

DHA to Distribute $18 Million in Rent Payment Assistance to Eligible Dallas Residents

DALLAS--()--DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas (DHA) announced today that applications for Emergency Rental Assistance are now open at There is $18 million in rental assistance being administered by DHA between now and December 31, 2021 to help eligible residents of the City of Dallas who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the loss of their employment income or who have sustained a reduction in income and are delinquent in paying rent or need help with future payments. The City of Dallas COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The program can provide assistance for those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for up to 12 months of past-due and future rent payments within the timeframe of March 2020 through December 2021. DHA can issue payments for up to $1,500 per month for rent assistance only. This program does not include utility payments. Landlords can also apply on behalf of their tenants.

Tenant eligibility requirements include:

  • Must live in the City of Dallas
  • Adversely impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Current household annual income of 80% or less of the area median income (AMI) for Dallas
  • At risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability (e.g., received eviction notice, have past-due rent, living in an unstable housing situation)
  • Must be renting — cannot be the owner of the property
  • Cannot live in a property owned by family members
  • Must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Cannot be employed by the City of Dallas or DHA

All applications will be reviewed for these eligibility requirements and priority will be given to households where:

  • Annual household income is 50% AMI or less
  • Someone in household has experienced unemployment for the last 90 days

A person is NOT eligible for this program, if he/she:

  • Makes above 80% of the AMI
  • Lives in a household where the residents are living in units owned by an immediate family member
  • Is a City employee and/or is an immediate family member of a City employee
  • Is a DHA employee and/or is an immediate family member of a DHA employee
  • Lives outside the City of Dallas

Applicants or landlords applying on behalf of their tenants must submit a completed application with supporting documentation. DHA will conduct an open enrollment for this program accepting applications beginning 9 a.m. CDT on June 1, 2021. Program information and the online application will be available at Applicants or landlords may submit an application online from their computer, tablet or other mobile device.

DHA’s offices are currently closed as a COVID-19 pandemic precaution. If you need assistance regarding your application, please use the chatbot or contact form provided on the website.

About DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas (formerly the Dallas Housing Authority)

DHA, Housing Solutions for North Texas provides quality, affordable housing to low-income families and individuals through the effective and efficient administration of housing assistance programs. The agency aims to create opportunities for program participants to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. DHA provides housing opportunities to ~55,000 people through public housing developments and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs. Our mission is to provide affordable quality housing and access to supportive resources across North Texas. DHA is governed by its Board of Commissioners and administers housing programs funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. DHA is an independent, local government entity that is separate from the Dallas City Housing/Community Services department, which is governed by the City of Dallas. For more information about DHA, please visit


Jacqueline Chen Valencia

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DHA, HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR NORTH TEXAS to Distribute $18 Million in Rent Payment Assistance to Eligible Dallas Residents


Jacqueline Chen Valencia