Northwest Assistance Ministries teamed up with Harris County and other partners to bring aid to people who have fallen behind on at least three months of rent as the Biden administration extends the federal eviction moratorium to July 31, according to a June 24 news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Residents may qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program if they made less than $99,000 this year, qualified for a stimulus check, are unable to pay full rent due to income loss or medical expenses, and if eviction means they will experience homelessness or enter a shared living space.

The program can cover rent back to April 2020. Residents will need proof of residency, a copy of a lease/mortgage and a government-issued ID to fill out the application. The program will run through the end of the year or until about $160 million in funds are exhausted.

“NAM also has millions of dollars from other funders to help clients who may not be able to qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or other county/state assistance,” said Brian Carr, Northwest Assistance Ministries chief advancement officer, in an email.

Carr said those in need should email [email protected] or apply online at

“Once the moratorium on eviction is lifted, we do anticipate many more evictions being processed than normal,” Carr said. “Compounding the problem is that many of these residents have not gone back to work as they were before the pandemic.”

Starting June 26, Texans can no longer receive $300 weekly unemployment benefits from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.