The Houston city is planning to devote $15M in the federal pandemic relief funds so that they can help the Houston residents to make up some of their late rent payments.
Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledges that although it will not meet the demand, it can sure make an impact.
The proposal will be made at the meeting on Wednesday. The package is expected to be administered by Houston non-profit BakerRipley.
It is similar to what other cities in Texas are offering, but bit falls short of what the housing advocated want, by a good margin. On the other hand, San Antonio, Dallas, and Harris County came with a package of $25M, $13.7M, and $15M respectively.
The Houston program will provide individuals with $1,056 per month who have defaulted payments of rents of April or May due to the financial crunch they are facing in the time of the pandemic.
Their income must be less than 80% of the median of area income to qualify for other government aids as well.
The participation of landlords is necessary as well, as they will need to waive any fines or interest and enter into a payment contract with the tenant in respect of any rent exceeding the $1,056 threshold. They also need to rescind any prior notice to evacuate the property.
The proposal is expected to benefit at least 6818 households in Houston. The funding also includes $600,000 for administration expenses.
Although, some have raised their concerns on the proposal. The way the people qualifying for the aid will be selected is not clear and it might not serve the needs of those who want s.
According to some others, it will only help a mere 11% of families who are in need. About 55% of Residents of Houston live in a rented property. Houston Apartment Association has determined that 10% of tenants didn’t pay rent for April.
We hope that this proposal ends up helping those who really need help. And till then, stay tuned with us for more such latest updates.