McLennan County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The McLennan County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (MCERA) aids with rent payments to help families-in-crisis who have been affected by reduction in income, incurred significant costs, other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19.
To avoid an eviction, the MCERA program will assist families with rental assistance limited to 12 months. Assistance includes help for families who qualify and meet income guidelines established by the U. S. Department of the Treasury with rental and utility assistance to prevent and avoid evictions and homelessness.
- Financial assistance to eligible households, including the payment of
- Rental arrears;
- Utilities and home energy cost;
- Utilities and home energy costs arrears; and
- Full payment of arrears as March 13, 2020 are allowed and limited up to 12 months payable to landlord and/or utility companies (excluding telephone, cable and internet).
- Prospective payments are limited to three months at a time not to exceed 12 months payable to landlord and/or utility companies (excluding telephone, cable and internet). You must reapply every three months for additional assistance.
- Utility assistance includes electricity, gas, water and sewer.
Prioritization of Assistance:
Applications will be reviewed for financial assistance and housing stability services to eligible households and will be prioritized for consideration if eligible applicant satisfies the following conditions:
- The income of the household does not exceed 50 percent of the area median income for the household.
- 1 or more individuals within the household are unemployed as of the date of the application for assistance and have not been employed for the 90-day period proceeding such date.
- Place of employment closed and/or applicant inability to reach their place of employment due to public health order imposed by the City, County or State as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- After the priority cases described above, applications from tenants who have been sued for eviction have the highest priority level for being reviewed, followed by applications from tenants who have received utility disconnection notices. These applications are being prioritized to decrease the processing time and increase the likelihood of evictions and utility disconnections being diverted.
- After all priority applications have been processed, The McLennan County Emergency Rental Assistance Program will proceed with the review and processing of all other applications. All non-priority applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come-first-served basis until all funds are committed.
Program Client Eligibility:
“Eligible household” means a household of 1 or more individuals who are obligated to pay rent on a residential dwelling. Household must reside in McLennan County and demonstrate a financial need through the following:
- Documentation of financial hardship (ex: unemployment, written statement explaining reduction in income, incurred significant costs, other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to COVID-19.);
- Demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and;
- The program qualifies your income at the time of the application and provide required documents such as: identification, proof of income, documentation of need, etc.
Links to Documents:
FY 20 HUD Income Limits
|Family Composition||Extremely Low Income (30%)||Very Low Income (50%)||Low Income (80%)|