DallasRentRelief.com – Are you facing past due rent or are at risk of experiencing homelessness due to an eviction notice?
DHA Housing Solutions for North Texas is accepting applications for up to 12 months of past due and future rent assistance.
This program is made possible by federal CARES Act funding and has $18 million to distribute before the end of 2021. To apply, Dallas renters within city limits can visit DallasRentRelief.com. Applications must be submitted online, according to DHA.
Note: The program is only for the City of Dallas and does not cover utilities such as electricity and water.
Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments – Good news, parents – monthly payments for the enhanced child tax credit start July 15, 2021.
Advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (up to 50 percent of the total) will be made regularly from July through December. Advance payments will be estimated from information included in eligible taxpayers’ 2020 tax returns (or their 2019 returns if the 2020 returns are not filed and processed yet).
The IRS urges people with children to file their 2020 tax returns as soon as possible (Texas has until June 15, 2021 to file their 2020 taxes) to make sure they’re eligible for the appropriate amount. Filing electronically with direct deposit can speed refunds and future advance CTC payments as well.
The IRS says that future payments will be made on the 15th of each month, or the closest business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. So far the monthly payments are only scheduled through the end of 2021 and families will receive the second half of their credit upon filing their 2021 taxes in 2022.
Texas Rent Relief – Under newly declared relief aid, Texas residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible for new rental and housing relief funds. Residents can begin applying for this relief at 8am CST on Monday, February 15, online or by calling 7-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368).
The Texas Rent Relief Program can help renters with the following costs starting as far back as March 13, 2020 (this means you could potentially request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills):