The Harris County Community Services Department has funds available for emergency rent relief for tenants living in unincorporated Harris County who are financially affected by COVID-19. The deadline to apply for aid was just extended to Nov. 30.
“People who find themselves in a bind right now may never have needed help before and they don’t know where to turn,” said Dr. Adrienne Holloway, executive director of CSD. “We want them to know we have resources and we are here to help.”
Tenant eligibility for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program relies on the ability to provide a copy of the lease agreement, a household income at or below 80% of area median income and proof that financial hardship is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly, this program requires that landlords register their property to enable tenants to participate. Landlords may be able to recover up to six months of rent (dating back to April 2020).
TERAP is administered by CSD's Outreach and Engagement program and allows residents living in unincorporated Harris County and participating neighborhoods with cooperative agreements, including Deer Park, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Morgan's Point, Seabrook Shoreacres, Southwest Houston, Tomball, and Webster an opportunity to apply for and receive aid. Residents within the cities of Houston, Baytown and Pasadena are not eligible for this program; however, funding may be available through other programs such as the Community Development Block Grant – Cares Act – COVID-19 – Emergency Assistance Program that is disaster-based and will assist with electric, gas and water utilities if residents are financially or medically affected by COVID-19.
If you know someone who has experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic and it prevented them from paying rent, please let them know help may be available. We encourage you to share this information with your local churches and nonprofit organizations that support those with low-to-moderate incomes.
CSD's Outreach team and resource navigators are working hard to register landlords and canvass apartment complexes for eligible tenants. Meanwhile, the CSD Social Services team diligently supports Harris County residents through the eligibility process.
To date, we have assisted over 220 families with just over $1.4 million in aid dispensed through this program. If you know a landlord or tenant who might benefit, please have them call 832-927-4955 or visit: https://housingandcommunityresources.net/covid-19-rental-assistance/.
The effort to bring affordable, quality multi-family housing to Harris County through federal disaster relief funding is beginning to take shape. Following a host of 11 groundbreakings earlier this year, construction sites are now buzzing with activity. A total of 16 projects are in the works.
These projects require private developers willing to make the first investment. Then the projects are supported with federal disaster relief funding provided the developers agree to make a portion of the units more affordable.
Below are just a few of the locations where extensive construction is taking place:
The Kingsland Park development is a 198-unit affordable, independent-living community for seniors 55 years and older. It is in unincorporated Katy, just minutes from the master-planned community of Cinco Ranch. The Resolution Companies developed the $31.4 million project, which will receive nearly $20 million in Hurricane Harvey relief funding, replacing homes lost to flooding.
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Arbor at Wayforest
The Arbor at Wayforest, located in the Greenspoint area, will provide 192 apartment units and workforce housing for employees of the nearby growing logistics corridor and industries supporting George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The ribbon-cutting for this property in Harris County Precinct 1 is slated for Spring 2022. The $33.3 Million development will receive $9.5 Million in disaster recovery funding.
Seaside Lodge at the Chesapeake Bay
A stone's throw from the Kemah Boardwalk is the Seaside Lodge at the Chesapeake Bay. Conveniently located near shopping, restaurants, banks, medical, and religious institutions, this $21 million complex will provide 92 units for independent senior living. The project is made possible with the support of $13.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for Disaster Recovery. The grand opening is scheduled for January 2022.
For more information on the Harris County Community Services Department multi-family housing development campaign, click here.
Merriam-Webster defines the word "resiliency" as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change.
You’d be hard-pressed to say residents of Harris County are anything short of resilient, especially in the face of numerous natural disasters in recent years. Despite their resiliency, the cumulative effects of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Memorial Day and Tax Day floods in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019 leave many still trying to recover.
To strengthen our defenses as a region against Mother Nature, Commissioners Court created the Harris County Infrastructure Resilience Team. This group, composed of members from multiple county departments, including the county engineer, Flood Control District, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Toll Road Authority, Community Services Department and Public Health, will be tasked with developing a "2050 Flood Resilience Plan" over the next three years. The plan will support comprehensive decision-making by all county departments and residents to better prepare the county for the next major event.
"After a disaster, immediate recovery and building are top-of-mind," said Kevin Garza, economic development and affordable housing specialist and CSD's representative on the IRT. "Resiliency is more about planning. It's an overall, comprehensive approach for implementing actionable strategies now to deal with future weather events."
The IRT abides by guiding principles that include multiple and diverse perspectives during its planning.
While CSD’s role supports housing infrastructure, it also goes well beyond.
"To achieve true resilience, we must address strategies with residents at both the community and household levels," said Garza.
Community Members Team with Harris County in Support of Flood Resiliency
The Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force is a group of community stakeholders formed to serve as an advisory group to the Infrastructure Resilience Team). It comprises a diverse group of Harris County residents representing low-income communities impacted by flooding, communities of color impacted by flooding and those who have scientific or technical expertise in flood resilience or flood risk mitigation.
As a primary stakeholder of the flood resilience plan, the CFRTF provides valuable feedback and insight to the IRT on its strategic goals and objectives.
Garza believes leveraging the IRT’s combined resources and perspectives will create synergies that will make a collective impact in Harris County for years to come.
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