Emergency Relief Funding

In response to COVID-19, the City of Austin provided Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) emergency funding relief for Austin residents, especially those who are ineligible for federal assistance. Funding has ended through this program.

If You Need Help

If have a financial crisis that will negatively impact your ability to keep your home, whether you rent or own your home, there may be help available if you qualify.

Best Single Source Plus [BSS+] is a collaborative of 12 organizations in Austin that offer assistance for those who are eligible to participate in one of their programs.  Below are links for Referral Reference sheets that provide information and phone numbers for all partner organizations. Please read the referral reference sheet closely to see which agency might be a good fit for your needs

RENT Assistance Program

Austin renters who have experienced an income loss due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for the next random selection for the Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance Program. The RENT program provides direct rental support for up to three months for income-eligible Austinites who can demonstrate a COVID-19-related income loss.

Learn more and apply at austintexas.gov/rent.

Who to Contact:

Download the Referral Reference Sheet in English or Spanish to locate an organization that best fits your needs.

Referral Reference Sheet in English

Referral Reference Sheet in Spanish

Or, contact Caritas of Austin through the phone number or email address below. We will refer individuals to collaborative partners that can best meet your needs.

Call: 512-270-5342 (Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Leave a voicemail message with your name, phone number and email address.

Email: bssplusinfo@caritasofaustin.org