Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Tuesday that the Houston City Council would be voting on a rental assistance program worth $15 million. Today, the program was approved and as early as tomorrow, Houstonians will be getting the help they've needed in order to make rent payments on time. Getting help with rent in Houston is something many landlords, as well as renters, are in desperate need of right now.
The $15 million rental assistance program is expected to help between 7,000 and 13,000 Houstonians.
BakerRipley will be in charge of the program and will provide up to $1,056 to low to moderate-income families in order to help with April and May rent payments.
Landlords can apply here tomorrow and renters must wait to apply on Wednesday, May 13.
The money will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so renters will want to be among the first to apply the morning of May 13.
Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court, all evictions are temporarily on hold until Monday, May 18.
Tomorrow #Houcouncil will vote on a rental assistance program. The need is great in our city & we want to do our pa… https://t.co/58jQD8ADYP— Sylvester Turner (@Sylvester Turner)1588711766.0
Turner tweeted yesterday, "Tomorrow #Houcouncil will vote on a rental assistance program. The need is great in our city & we want to do our part to help families."The funding provided to the #COVID19 Relief Fund, with @BakerRipley & @HAAonline assistance, will help Houstonians who face evictions," he added.
BakerRipley's Rental Assistance Program website should be up and running by 10 a.m. tomorrow, when landlords will be able to apply for relief.
In regards to opening our economy, we are moving just a little too fast. #COVID19 is still prevalent in our city… https://t.co/t02omwH0Pr— Sylvester Turner (@Sylvester Turner)1588735300.0
Turner has been vocal on Twitter today, tweeting this morning that, "In regards to opening our economy, we are moving just a little too fast. #COVID19 is still prevalent in our city and communities.
"I strongly encourage all of us to take things one step at a time. As a city, we have made such progress. I would hate for us to lose ground," he advised.
The city of Houston, Texas could furlough all of its employees except for police and firefighters, Mayor Sylvester… https://t.co/Jd1UIcGMS5— CNN (@CNN)1588735813.0
The Mayor's news conference on Tuesday not only discussed the possibility of a rental assistance program but also that in Houston, firefighters and police officers are the only ones unable to be furloughed.
The decision to help Houstonians with rent is one of many Turner is making to aid his struggling city.