Fort Bend CARES Resources
Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program Phase 3 Launches September 21st
Fort Bend County Supports Residents During Pandemic
Having trouble paying your rent, mortgage or utility bills?
Please click the link to apply here. Applicants that received assistance in June, July, August and/or September are eligible for October and November and do not need to reapply.
Click here to find out what you need to qualify for rental, mortgage and utilities assistance. Starting July 20, you can submit your application online at the link above. If you or a family member does NOT have access to a computer or the Internet, you may contact the program call center at 281-238-CARE (281-238-2273). However, using the website is the most efficient and effective way to enroll in the program.
The $21.5 million COVID-19 Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance program will be implemented in three phases:
- Phase 1: June – July Application period is Completed
- Phase 2: August – September Application period is Completed
- Phase 3: October – November Application period opens September 21st at 8:00 AM
Residents may apply to receive rental, mortgage and utility assistance, during all three phases of the program. Applications will be accepted for:
- Phase 1: Application period is Completed;
- Phase 2: Application period is Completed
- Phase 3: Beginning September 21st until the funds are expended
The same eligibility criteria and restrictions will apply for each phase and previous recipients will be contacted to confirm continued eligibility. (Note: Applicants will be able to bypass the application process by submitting a certification confirming their need for assistance and verification of continued loss of income.) A case manager will make this request to previous recipients.
If an applicant is not successful in obtaining Phase 1 or Phase 2 benefits, the County will reevaluate the case in Phases 3. This may include seeking funding from alternative resources, such as nonprofit organizations and other community partners, that may be able to offer financial assistance.
“Fort Bend County is the best County in the United States because of the amazing people that call it home. We take pride in making Fort Bend County a vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. Even though we have all been negatively impacted by the pandemic, together, we will get through this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever.”
-Fort Bend County Judge KP George
Fort Bend County Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance Program
Criteria and Eligibility
Not sure if you qualify? You must present the following information.
- Proof your primary residence is in Fort Bend County:
- Government issued or valid photo ID
- Most recent utility bill (matching address of residence)
- Valid lease or mortgage statement
- Proof your pre-COVID-19 household income was less than 80% of the area’s average median income:
- Most recent pay stub and/or
- 2019 tax return
- Affirming you are eligible and receiving benefits through ANY of the following programs:
- Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Head Start or Early Head Start
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- Women’s, Infant and Children Program (WIC)
- Federal Pell Grant
- VA Pension or Disability
- Tribal Assistance
Meet the following income guidelines of 80% Average Median Income in the table below:
|Number of household members||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Annual Income Limit||$44,150||$50,450||$56,750||$63,050||$68,100||$73,150||$78,200||$83,250|
|Monthly Income Limit||$3,679||$4,204||$4,729||$5,254||$5,675||$6,096||$6,517||$6,938|
NOTE: If your income exceeds these amounts, you are encouraged to apply to the program. Individuals at or below 80% average median income will be prioritized.
- Proof or certification that you cannot pay rent for October and/or November 2020 due to a loss/reduction of employment or loss of income resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19:
- Texas Workforce Commission statement of benefits received
- Certification of income loss
- Proof you have been unable to pay rent after April 1, 2020:
- ? Late notice or eviction notice (if applicable)
- You have not received rental assistance from any other source for the same period of time as requested from this program.
- Your landlord or the mortgage company must agree to participate in the program. Make sure to have your landlord’s full contact information or mortgage company’s address and contact information available to enter and upload.
*** The maximum rent or mortgage allowance is $1,500 per month per household.
*** The maximum utility allowance is $500 per month.