According to a survey conducted in January by the Census Bureau and featured in the Texas Tribune, more than 1.5 million Texans have little or no confidence in being able to pay next month's rent.

I have to be honest - with the pandemic happening, I think it's absurd to have tenants pay rent, especially if they've lost their jobs because of circumstances beyond their control.

I also think it's a shame that mortgage companies are even expecting landlords to pay them.

This disease is no one's fault, but they continue to penalize people for it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended so many lives and left many Texans struggling to pay rent. Now there's some hope for relief.

The Texas Tribune reports that a new statewide program administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs plans to make $1.3 billion in rent assistance available to tenants and landlords.

The new program will help tenants pay up to 15 months of rent for past and future payments, and will be available to households that make no more than 80% of the area's median income. Landlords and tenants will be able to apply for this new program as well.TDHCA Is expecting that 80,000 households could benefit from this program.It’s good to see some people understand the obvious and are willing to help those in need.

If your family could benefit from this program while you're getting back on your feet, be sure to check the TDHCA's website and get signed up for their mailing list.

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