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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Applications open for short-term rental assistance program

Galveston, TX – August 10, 2020 – The City of Galveston will begin accepting applications Monday for a rental assistance program to help those who have faced financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The City will accept applications from Monday, August 10 until Wednesday, August 19 at 5 p.m.

The City has federal funding available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in the form of three months rental assistance. For qualifying residents, the program pays up to 100 percent on expenses related to rent, security deposits and utility bills. Eligibility is based on household income, with the qualifying income limits included below.

Information about the program:

Rental Assistance, Utility Assistance & Security Deposit

The City of Galveston has funding available to provide three (3) months of rental, security deposit and/or utility assistance to households that have experienced financial hardship because of reduction or loss of income due to COVID-19.  Under the ST-TBRA program, the City can assist households with up to 100% of the payment for rent, security deposits and utility bills.  This program does allow for the payment of back rent and utilities originally due on or after June 1, 2020.  

Eligible Participants

To receive ST-TBRA funds applicant:

  • Must be able to document financial impact due to the loss of income or job after March 13, 2020
  • Must be a legal resident/citizen of the United States
  • Must live in Galveston City
  • Have income at or below HUD-specified income limits

2020 HUD HOME Income Limits



1

Person

2 Persons

3 Persons

4 Persons

5 Persons

6 Persons

7 Persons

8 Persons

80%

$44,150

$50,450

$56,750

$63,050

$68,100

$73,150

$78,200

$83,250


Other restrictions do apply

Applicant Selection Process

Applicants must complete a ST-TBRA Application during the period of August 10TH through August 19TH.  Interested applicants may:

  • Download the application online at https://www.galvestontx.gov/1105/Short-Term-Tenant-Based-Rental-Assistanc or
  • Call (409) 797-3820 to complete the application over the phone

All applications must be submitted to our office no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 19TH.  Completed applications can be emailed to TBRAprogram@galvestontx.gov.  Applications will be placed in a lottery drawing and pulled on August 20TH.  City Staff will contact the applicants whose names are pulled to proceed in the process and submit a full application with the required documentation.

Please call G&H at (409) 797-3820 or visit the City’s website at https://www.galvestontx.gov/1105/Short-Term-Tenant-Based-Rental-Assistanc for additional information.

Program funded through HOME Investment Partnership Program



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