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Lone Star State leads the nation in rent relief, utility assistance per Treasury report

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August 5, 2021


Texas leads the nation in distributing rent and utility assistance funds based on an interim report released by the U.S. Treasury in late July.  The report included program performance data through June 30, 2021, on all local and state governments who received funds through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA1). 

The dated report showed Texas distributing $446 million in funds and assisting 52,122 households.  Virginia was second with $223.2 million distributed; Massachusetts third with $117 million; California was fourth with $105.1 million; and Illinois listed fifth with $95.4 million distributed. Twenty states or territories had distributed less than $5 million.

It should be noted that the performance of the Texas program, administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), accounted for one-quarter (26%) of all states’ disbursement of $1,795,700,000 through ERA1 funding.

Treasury has set an August 6th deadline for reporting for July 2021.  Accordingly the next public report is expected later this month.