Emergency Household Assistance Program – CARES Act
The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department is accepting applications for several programs designed to assist residents with housing and other household expenses resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Available funding programs include:
- Recommended amount: $2,532,450
- Estimated households to be assisted: 700
Provides eligible applicants rent and utility assistance. Eligible applicants must meet program income requirements, which includes household incomes at or below 200% of the poverty level. The applicant may only apply for rent and utility assistance related to one property.
Residents applying for this program must complete a Community Action Partners application.
- Recommended amount: $7,200,000
- Estimated households to be assisted: 2,000
Provides eligible applicants emergency rental, rapid rehousing, utility assistance and other household expenses such as groceries and medicine. Eligible applicants' total household income must be at or below 120% of the area median income. Applicants must provide documentation for the proof of hardship caused by COVID-19 that renders the household unable to pay rent, mortgage or utilities. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Fort Worth.
Applications for the Coronavirus Relief Fund and Community Services Block Grant programs are being accepted online.
It is very important to fill out this application accurately for faster processing.
Please read the following carefully as step 2:
- This assistance is for individuals or households who are experiencing a financial crisis due to the COVID-19 event.
- You must be a legal resident of the USA to receive this assistance. If you are not, you may apply at fortworthtexas.gov/cap.
- You must be a resident of Fort Worth.
- To apply, you will need to upload documents. Please review eligibility requirements and a documents checklist to ensure you have what you need.
- When uploading documents, please do not encrypt them, or use special characters such as *&%$ etc. The name of the document should be simple, such as income or ID card.
- If you are applying for rent assistance, please have your landlord complete this form.
After watching the video and reading the requirements you are ready to apply.
COVID-19 Relief Funding Allocations
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department has awarded the City of Fort Worth more than $6.8 million to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds may be used for a variety of emergency and support services for low- and moderate-income residents. All funds must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
The City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department will oversee allocation of these relief funds. City Council approved the following funding recommendations on May 19, 2020 (Tier I) and June 23, 2020 (Tier II):
It is recommended that ESG-CV2 funds totaling $6,070,529 be allocated as follows:
It is recommended that the total $4,360,291 CDBG-CV amount be allocated as follows:
- Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: $2,531,358
These funds were awarded to agencies that administer emergency rental assistance consistent with a program model that provides up to three months of rental assistance for households with incomes under 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) who are late on their rent or unable to pay next month’s rent. Eligible clients will pay 30% of current income toward their rent, will provide proof of income for all members of the household, will provide proof of reduction and/or loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis, will provide a copy of their current lease and will obtain verification of landlord's acceptance of terms and conditions of City rental assistance.
- Services for the Elderly: $500,000
These funds were awarded to agencies that offer activities to elderly persons to reduce their risk of COVID-19, such as in-home meals or other services, transportation, health and wellness-related services and the like.
- Employment-related Services: $465,875
These funds were awarded to agencies that offer activities such as job placement, training, coaching and/or direct assistance to support employment or remove barriers to employment such as child care, certifications, work clothing, tools and related items.
- General Administration: $872,058
Costs of planning for, administering, reporting on and monitoring all activities paid for with CDBG-CV funds.
- Direct Awards to Public Service Agencies
Contracts will be awarded to the following agencies and programs in the following amounts:
Table 1: CDBG-CV Agencies
Emergency Rental Assistance
|Housing Channel||Emergency rental assistance||$ 700,000|
|Center for Transforming Lives||Emergency rental assistance||$1,006,358|
|Pathfinders, Inc.||Emergency Rental Assistance||$ 375,000|
|Tarrant County Samaritan Housing||Emergency Rental Assistance||$ 200,000|
|The Salvation Army||Emergency Rental Assistance||$ 250,000|
|Total Emergency Rental Assistance Contracts||$2,531,358|
Services for the Elderly
|Meals on Wheels||Senior Meals Delivery Program||$ 200,000|
|Sixty and Better||Home Delivery of Meals/Food||$ 300,000|
|Center for Transforming Lives||Micro-Enterprise Support||$ 121,754|
|Presbyterian Night Shelter||Clean Slate Employment Services||$ 160,000|
|Recovery Resource Council||Clean Slate Employment Services Veterans||$ 54,900|
|The Women's Center of Tarrant County||Employment RElated Services||$ 120,221|
|Total Employment-Related Services Contracts||$ 456,875|
|Total CDBG-CV Contracts||$3,488,233|
ESG-CV funds totaling $2,202,959 will be allocated as follows:
- Homelessness Prevention: $75,000
These funds were awarded to an agency that administers homelessness prevention services to help clients maintain housing stability, including payment of rental arrears and late fees, staff case management and intake worker salaries, and related costs.
- Shelter Operations/Services: $350,000
These funds were awarded to agencies operating homeless shelters for the costs of staff for operations, including housing assessors and case managers; cost of child care, employment assistance, mental health services not available through other resources, client transportation, and related services provided within an emergency homeless shelter. Also includes costs of physically maintaining and operating a homeless shelter, including insurance, supplies, and security costs.
- Rapid Re-Housing: $1,100,000
These funds were awarded to agencies that provide rapid rehousing assistance and accompanying services to homeless persons living in shelters or on the streets.
- Administration: $220,295
Costs of planning for, administering, reporting on and monitoring all activities paid for with ESG-CV funds.
Table 2: ESG-CV Agencies
|Salvation Army||Homelessness Prevention||$ 75,000|
|Total Shelter Operation/Services Contracts||$ 75,000|
|Prebyterian Night Shelter||Shelter Operations/Services||$ 230,000|
|True Worth Police||Day Shelter Operations/Services||$ 120,000|
|Total Shelter Operations/Services Contracts||$350,000|
|Center for Transforming Lives||Rapid Re-Housing||$ 257,664|
|Day Resource Center||Rapid Re-Housing||$ 375,000|
|Presbyterian Night Shelter||Rapid Re-Housing||$ 500,000|
|SafeHaven of Tarrant County||Rapid Re-Housing||$ 100,000|
|The Salvation Army||Rapid Re-Housing||$ 325,000|
|Total Rapid Re-Housing Contracts||$1,557,664|
|Total ESG_CV Contracts||$1,982,664|
HOPWA-CV funds totaling $246,806 will be allocated as follows:
- City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department: $77,332
Community Action Partners (CAP) Program, Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
- Grant Administration: $14,808
Costs of planning for, administering, reporting on and monitoring all activities paid for with HOPWA-CV funds.
- Direct Awards to Public Service Agencies
Contracts are recommended for the following agencies and programs in the following amounts:
Table 3: HOPWA-CV Agencies
|Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc.||Supportive services, facility-based housing
|AIDS Outreach Center||Short-term rent mortgage and utility assistance,
supportive services, administration
|Total HOPWA-CV Contracts||$ 154,666|
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