How to Apply

Both the tenant and landlord must apply for funds that apply to arrears (past-due rent) on the same property through the Texas City Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Visit the Eligibility page if you have questions about whether you can submit an application.

Eligible households and their landlords may qualify for up to three months of assistance, including at least one month of past-due rent.

Tenant Application

First, communicate with your landlord to let them know you wish to apply to this program. Make sure your landlord is also submitting an application for the same property in which you live. Payments are made to the landlord, not to the tenant. If you don’t see your landlord’s name, then the eligibility specialist at Catholic Charities will reach out to verify whether your landlord is willing to participate.

You will be asked for this information on the application:

  • First, you will need to create a profile before you can access the application: Set up a user name and password. You will be able to log in later to check on the status of your application.
  • A current ID: See the list of allowable forms of identification below. See list below
  • The name and contact information for your landlord: If your landlord is already enrolled, you will see their name in a dropdown list in that section of the application. If your landlord is not already enrolled, then the Catholic Charities eligibility specialist will contact your landlord to see if they wish to participate. Payments can only be made to landlords.
  • Total amount of rent currently owed to your landlord, not including late fees
  • Information about your apartment (or rented home)
  • Proof that you live in the rental unit See list below
  • A copy of your lease: If you apply using your phone, the application will direct you to use your phone camera to submit photos of your lease.
  • How your rent compares with 120% of Fair Market Rent values.  See list below.
  • The amount of rental assistance you have received from other sources and for what months, if applicable
  • Demographic information (ethnicity, age, etc.), if you choose to provide it
  • Names, ages and other information on each member of your household
  • Proof of your income and that it falls at or below 80% of the Area Median Income: See lists below.
  • If the applicant doesn’t have proof of income, then income information will need to be submitted for each member of the household.
  • Any public benefits programs in which you are enrolled. See the list of eligible programs below. See list below
  • Proof of that you are experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  See list below
  • Proof that you are at risk of homelessness.  See below
  • Current employment information, if applicable
  • Read and agree to all Tenant Terms & Conditions.

Landlord Application

First, communicate with your tenant to let them know you wish to apply to this program. Make sure your tenant is also submitting an application for the same property.

  • You will be asked for this information on the application:
  • First, you will need to create a profile before you can access the appllication: Set up a user name and password.
  • Your name and contact information
  • Your current W-9
  • Contact information for each tenant living in your property: You will be able to upload a spreadsheet if you wish to list more than 10 tenants
  • Confirmation that you agree to the Landlord Terms & Conditions.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Driver’s license or other state-issued ID
  • U. S or foreign Passport
  • School ID
  • Nonprofit membership ID
  • US Visa
  • Work permit
  • Legal permanent resident (Green card)
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement ID
  • Work ID
  • Library card
  • Handgun license
  • US military card
  • Texas Election ID certificate
  • Matricula Consular
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) passport

Acceptable Proof of Residence at the Rental Unit

  • 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


120% of Fair Market Rent
Efficiency $1,133
One-Bedroom $1,217
Two-Bedroom $1,450
Three-Bedroom $1,924
Four-Bedroom $2,470

Proof of Income

For each adult household member (18 years of age or older)

Household income must be under 80% AMI for household size

  • 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

Or

  • Pay stubs from the past 30 days prior to application
  • Profit & Loss ledger from the past 30 days prior to application date
  • Stipend(s), alimony, pension/retirement/annuity monthly award letter(s)
  • Letter from employer verifying monthly salary/wages prior to application
  • SSI or SSDI income statement
  • Certification of Zero income statement

Or

If none of the above are available:

  • Submitted application serves as self-declaration of income (with a case note confirming that the tenant stated household income on the application)

2021 Area Median Income for Texas City/Galveston County

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

Benefits Programs

  • Medicaid
  • Federal Pell Grant (if current student)
  • Galveston County Gold Card
  • Public Housing Assistance Texas City or Galveston County Housing Authority)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Found on light bill)
  • National School Lunch Program (Free and/or Reduced School Lunch)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps)
  • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Tribal Assistance
  • VA Pension or Disability
  • Head Start

Proof of Economic Hardship Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Must be dated on or after March 12, 2020 (when dated)

  • 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 and medical expenses
  • Other proof of financial hardship

Or

If none of the above are available,

  • Submitted application serves as self-certification (with a case note confirming the tenant stated the Economic Impact on application)

Proof of Risk of Homelessness

  • Past due rent notice or invoice
  • Letter from landlord indicating past due rent amount and/or eviction risk

Or

If none of the above are available,

  • Submitted application serves as self-declaration of housing instability (with landlord acceptance of payment(s) serving as additional verification when applicable)