Eviction Intervention Program

Eviction Intervention Program

For Renters

If you live within Harris County or Houston city limits and your landlord has already taken you to court for eviction, you may be eligible for eviction intervention rental assistance through the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

  • You must have an active eviction case (or cause) number to apply.
  • You must reside within Houston city limits or Harris County.
  • Your landlord must agree to participate and follow the guidelines of the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Important:
  • You are only eligible for this program if your landlord is pursuing eviction solely due to outstanding rent payments.
  • You are not eligible if you have already received rental assistance for the same months of past-due rent that are part of your eviction case.
Eligibility
  • You must live in Harris County or the City of Houston.
  • You must currently be in the eviction process and have a court docket (cause or case) number.
  • You must demonstrate that you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Your landlord must agree to participate and follow the guidelines of the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Your income can be no more than 80% of Area Family Median Income (AMI). See chart below. For example, a family of 4 cannot earn more than $63,350 annually.
  • There are limits to the months of assistance and amount of rent that can be covered, based on grant rules.
Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $3,696 $44,350
2 $4,225 $50,700
3 $4,754 $57,050
4 $5,279 $63,350
5 $5,704 $68,450
6 $6,125 $73,500
7 $6,550 $78,600
8 $6,971 $83,650
9 $7,392 $88,700
10 $7,817 $93,800

*AMI is for the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metro Area in 2020 as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Required Documentation
Types of Documents Accepted Documents
Proof of Identity
Current ID unless stated otherwise
  • Driver’s license or other state-issued ID
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • School ID
  • Nonprofit membership ID
  • U.S. visa
  • Work permit
  • Legal permanent resident card (Green card)
  • Matrícula consular
  • Current or expired foreign government issued ID
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement ID
  • Work ID
  • Library card
  • Handgun license
  • Military ID
  • Texas Election ID certificate
  • Additional documentation may be requested if landlord refuses to participate and direct cash assistance is needed
Proof of Residence at Rental Unit
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Current photo ID with address of rental unit
  • Current utility bill (water, gas, cell phone, internet, or other utility provider to applicant at rental unit address
  • Lease
  • Mail from government office, financial institution, or utility provider to applicant at rental unit address
Proof of Income
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Award or approval letter for any of the public benefits programs listed above (letter must have name on it and must be dated on or after January 1, 2020)

OR one of the below:

  • 2020 tax return listing all adult household members
  • 2020 W-2(s) for every job held by each adult household member
  • 2020 1099(s) for every job held by each adult household
  • Unemployment compensation statement
  • Pay stubs for the 30 days prior to application date, with name of beneficiary and address of rental unit
  • Profit & Loss ledger for the 30 days prior to application date
  • Stipend(s), alimony, pension/retirement/annuity monthly award letter(s)
  • Letter from employer verifying monthly salary/wages
  • SSI or SSDI statement of benefits, with name of beneficiary and address of rental unit
  • Certification of Zero Income

OR

  • Self-declaration of income if none of the above are available
Proof of Economic Hardship due to COVID-19
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Unemployment statement
  • Discharge, layoff, or furlough letter
  • Pay stubs showing reduction in work hours
  • Pay stubs showing reduction in income
  • Notice of business closure (letter from employer of closure, closure announcement in newspaper, etc)
  • Documentation of significant costs incurred, such as child or dependent care or medical expenses
  • Other proof of financial hardship

OR

  • Self-declaration of hardship if none of the above are available
Proof of Eviction
Provide all pages of the documents
  • Eviction Citation
  • Petition for Eviction
What if my landlord doesn’t agree to participate?

Your landlord must agree to participate and accept the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program terms and conditions for you to receive rental assistance through the program. If you do not see your rental property listed in the Participation Directory, you can still submit an application and The Alliance staff will contact your landlord to encourage them to participate. Please note that landlords may choose not to participate, in which case you will be ineligible for assistance through this program.

What is The Alliance’s role?

The Alliance is partnering with the City and the County, and will work with renters who have active eviction cases to help them submit applications through the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. When an Alliance case manager determines that you’re eligible, they will send rental payment directly to your landlord so that you do not get evicted.

The Alliance is a leading nonprofit organization that provides services to help individuals achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

What if I need legal help with my eviction case?

The Alliance can make referrals for free legal assistance to one of their legal aid partners.

If you live in the City of Houston and suspect your landlord is not complying with rental assistance program guidelines, report your concerns here.