District 5 Council Member Encourages Residents to Seek Help at Congressman Castro’s Homeowner and Rent Assistance Fair – The City of San Antonio

CONTACT: Amador Salazar
[email protected]

SAN ANTONIO (April 22, 2022) – This Saturday, April 23, San Antonio residents are invited to attend a homeowner and rental assistance fair from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Neighborhood Place (3014 Rivas St., 78228) to participate. The fair will feature a wide range of resources aimed at providing pandemic relief and preventing housing instability that eventually leads to foreclosures and evictions.

“As residents across San Antonio experience rising rents and property taxes in conjunction with the fallout from the pandemic, we are grateful to Congressman Castro and our community partners for coordinating a home help fair to help ease the financial burden the our residents are currently feeling. Through coordination and collaboration, we will be successful in helping San Antonio residents weather these turbulent times,” said Councilwoman Teri Castillo.

During the fair, community groups will be on hand to help San Anton residents access programs and services including:

  • The Homeowner Assistance Fund, a new program funded by the American Rescue Plan that provides up to $40,000 to assist households with delinquent mortgage payments and up to $25,000 for delinquent property taxes, property insurance, or HOA/condo fees.
  • The Affordable Connectivity Program, a new program created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that offers low-income households a rebate of up to $30/month on high-speed Internet subscriptions. The program also offers qualifying households a one-time rebate of $100 off the cost of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
  • Emergency vouchers and rental assistance to help families find safe housing or avoid evictions and homelessness.
  • Utility Assistance to help families struggling to pay their utility bills.
  • SNAP and Nutrition Assistance Programs to help families afford quality, nutritious food.

Individuals may qualify for the Texas Homeowner Assistance Fund in the following categories:

  • mortgage loan
  • property taxes
  • property insurance
  • HOA/condo fees.

If you’re a homeowner who needs help applying for property tax exemptions, bring the following:

  1. Your driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  2. If you inherited your home from a deceased family member and their name is still on the property records, bring the following with you:
    (a) A copy of the previous owner’s death certificate
    (b) A copy of the property’s most recent utility bill
    (c) If you have one, a citation from court records relating to your ownership of the property (e.g. a testamentary will)

If you receive SSI benefits because of a disability, bring the following:

  • A letter from SSI that you have a disability

Additional help may be available if you are a member of the following groups. Bring all documents showing that you:

  • A surviving spouse of an armed forces member killed in action
  • A surviving spouse of a first responder killed in the line of duty
  • A disabled veteran or their surviving spouse
  • A partially disabled veteran with gift residency or their surviving spouse

If you are a homeowner who has missed a mortgage, property tax, HOA, or insurance payment in the last two years and would like to apply for financial assistance, bring the following with you:

  1. Your driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  2. Mortgage, tax, HOA, or insurance overdue statements
  3. Proof of occupancy (e.g. electricity bill)
  4. Proof of income (e.g. IRS 1040 form, two months of payslips, etc.)

You can find more information about the state development fund here https://www.texashomeownerassistance.com/

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