Eviction Intervention Program

Eviction Intervention Program

For Renters

If you live within Harris County or Houston city limits and your landlord has already taken you to court for eviction, you may be eligible for eviction intervention rental assistance through the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

  • You must have a written notice to vacate or an active eviction case (or cause) number to apply.
  • You must reside within Houston city limits or Harris County.
  • Your landlord must agree to participate and follow the guidelines of the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Important:
  • You are only eligible for this program if your landlord is asking you to vacate the property or pursuing eviction solely due to outstanding rent payments.
  • You are not eligible if you have already received rental assistance for the same months of past-due rent that are part of your eviction case.
Eligibility
  • You must live in Harris County or the City of Houston.
  • You must have received written notification to vacate the property due to nonpayment of rent OR currently be in the eviction process and have a court docket (cause or case) number.
  • You must demonstrate that you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Your landlord must agree to participate and follow the guidelines of the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Your income can be no more than 80% of Area Family Median Income (AMI). See chart at right. For example, a family of 4 cannot earn more than $70,850 annually.
  • There are limits to the months of assistance and amount of rent that can be covered, based on grant rules.
Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $4,133 $49,600
2 $4,725 $56,700
3 $5,317 $63,800
4 $5,904 $70,850
5 $6,379 $76,550
6 $6,850 $82,200
7 $7,325 $87,900
8 $7,796 $93,550
9 $8,267 $99,200
10 $8,742 $104,900

*AMI is for the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metro Area in 2021 as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Required Documentation
Types of Documents Accepted Documents
Proof of Identity
Current ID unless stated otherwise
  • Driver’s license or other state-issued ID
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • School ID
  • Nonprofit membership ID
  • U.S. visa
  • Work permit
  • Legal permanent resident card (Green card)
  • Matrícula consular
  • Current or expired foreign government issued ID
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement ID
  • Work ID
  • Library card
  • Handgun license
  • Military ID
  • Texas Election ID certificate
Proof of Residence at Rental Unit
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Current photo ID with address of rental unit
  • Current utility bill (water, gas, cell phone, internet, or other utility provider to applicant at rental unit address)
  • Lease
  • Mail from government office, financial institution, or utility provider to applicant at rental unit address
Proof of Income
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Award or approval letter for any of the public benefits programs listed above (letter must have name on it and must be dated on or after January 1, 2021)

OR one of the below:

  • 2021 tax return listing all adult household members
  • 2021 W-2(s) for every job held by each adult household member
  • 2021 1099(s) for every job held by each adult household
  • Unemployment compensation statement
  • Pay stubs for the 30 days prior to application date, with name of beneficiary and address of rental unit
  • Profit & Loss ledger for the 30 days prior to application date
  • Stipend(s), alimony, pension/retirement/annuity monthly award letter(s)
  • Letter from employer verifying monthly salary/wages
  • SSI or SSDI statement of benefits, with name of beneficiary and address of rental unit

OR

  • Self-declaration of income if none of the above are available
Proof of Economic Hardship due to COVID-19
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Unemployment statement
  • Discharge, layoff, or furlough letter
  • Pay stubs showing reduction in work hours
  • Pay stubs showing reduction in income
  • Notice of business closure (letter from employer of closure, closure announcement in newspaper, etc)
  • Documentation of significant costs incurred, such as child or dependent care or medical expenses
  • Other proof of financial hardship

OR

  • Self-declaration of hardship if none of the above are available
Proof of Eviction
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Eviction Citation
  • Petition for Eviction
  • Notice to Vacate (must have been issued within the last 10 days)