Rent, utility and mortgage relief programs are still available

Information from WFAA


As the federal moratorium on eviction is about to end, many entities in North Texas are still offering assistance with rent, mortgage or utilities, depending on the program.

In Texas, there is still more than $500,000,000 left in funding for the Texas Rent Relief Program, according to the state program overview. The average assistance amount per household is $6,223.

The Texas Eviction Diversion Program to help tenants avoid eviction was extended to Oct. 1 after an order by the Texas Supreme Court, according to the Texas Tribune. With this program, past due rent obligations and utility delinquencies may be eligible to be covered and the eviction case dismissed.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium that was scheduled to expire on June 30 was extended through July 31 and this is intended to be the final extension of the moratorium.


While more households are getting help, in many states and localities, funds are still not flowing fast enough to renters and landlords.,” the U.S. Department of the Treasury said last week in a news releaseAssistance distribution has grown, but there is still much more work to do to help keep people in their homes. 

Note that some programs in North Texas are for rent relief, while others also offer assistance with a mortgage or utilities.

People must earn at or below the area median income, which may be different for every city or county. For example, Frisco categorizes the low-income limit at $49,850 or below for a household of one, very low is $31,150 for a household of one and extremely low is $18,700. In Fort Worth, it’s $45,300 or below for a household of one.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a list of rental assistance for each state and county here. You may also call Texas Legal Services Center for assistance in English or Spanish at 855-270-7655.

We’ve listed the assistance being offered in North Texas below. Not a resident of these cities? Check out the Texas Rent Relief website.


The funds awarded for City of Frisco residents is $6,058,027 from the latest relief package that was passed. Go here to view income eligibility for people living in Frisco.

Nonprofit Providers(Select only ONE of the following providers):

Frisco Family Services (rent/mortgage and utility assistance). Go here for their website.

To set up an appointment and apply in person call 972-335-9495 or visit offices at 9125 Dogwood Street, Frisco, TX 75033

Jewish Family Service. Go here for their website.

Direct link to the live application form: Emergency Rental Assistance Application

Catholic Charities. Go here for their website.

Direct link to the live application form: Emergency Rental Assistance Application


The City of McKinney is offering an Emergency Rental Assistance Program for McKinney residents who need financial assistance with rent, utilities or both 

This is for residents who meet requirements, such as loss of income, incurred significant costs, financial hardship, and are at risk of housing instability by showing an eviction notice, past-due rent, or utility bills. 

Go here for more information from the city.

Go here to view the application.


The City of Plano has a partnered with Catholic Charities of Dallas to administer a program that provides rent and utility assistance to low and moderate-income households that have been financially impacted (decrease in income or increase in expenses) by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need assistance completing this application or have questions please email or call 214-257-0674.

Go here to view the application.

If you do not live in Plano, please reference this link to assist you in finding help.

Denton County

The Eviction Prevention Program was created to help Denton County residents avoid eviction and stay in their homes while also helping property managers and landlords avoid the eviction process.

The Denton County nonprofit community is working collaboratively to help residents in need of rent and/or utility assistance.

Go here for more information from United Way of Denton.

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