Funding is available for City of Galveston residents. To participate in the City of Galveston Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a direct referral from one of the local non-profit social service agencies
  • Qualify as a family as defined by HUD
  • Must be a legal resident/citizen of the United States
  • Must be a City of Galveston resident
  • Have steady income at or below HUD-specified income limits

To apply, you must join the tenant waiting list. The Galveston County Grants & Housing Department staff must review each completed preliminary application received and if the preliminary application is complete, the applicant will be placed on the waiting list.

PLEASE NOTE: Placement on the waiting list does not indicate that the applicant is, in fact, eligible for assistance. A final determination of eligibility will be made when the applicant is selected from the waiting list to submit a full application and the required information.

Approved Applicant(s) will receive a Rental Assistance Coupon. He/she must locate an acceptable rental unit within the City of Galveston Limits or enter into a new lease in existing acceptable rental unit.

Please call (409) 797-3820, or send an email to TBRAProgram@GalvestonTX.Gov for additional information.

Upon notification from the City, click here to download HOME TBRA Application.

If you or someone you know requires a referral or other help to apply for this aid, you may apply for free legal help with us by visiting and clicking on the red box that says APPLY HERE. If you do not have access to a computer or prefer to apply by phone, you can dial 1-800-733-8394.

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