Tenant enrollment now open for millions of dollars in rental assistance

Tenants across El Paso County can now enroll in the EP Rent Help Program to help avoid eviction because of financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic

“More than a year after the first positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in El Paso County, the economic impacts of the pandemic continue to impact families across the county,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

“No matter where you live in El Paso County, if you are at risk of being evicted as a result of the financial downturn caused by the pandemic, please visit our Web site to see if you qualify for assistance.”

The City of El Paso and El Paso County have allocated $13.08 million in federal funding to the EP Rent Help program which is administered by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

Unlike previous phases of the EP Rent Help Program, this phase allows tenants to initiate the application process on their own. In most cases, however, their landlord must be willing to participate. Tenants can begin signing up today.

Quick Facts About EP Rent Help

  • All applications must be submitted via EPRentHelp.org.
  • To qualify, a tenant’s household income must be less than or equal to 80 percent of the 2020 Average Median Income in El Paso County, Texas.
  • Assistance is available no matter where you live in El Paso County including those who live unincorporated areas of the county and those who live within the incorporated limits of El Paso, Horizon City, San Elizario, Socorro, Clint, Vinton, or Anthony, Texas.
  • Tenants can receive assistance to pay up to 12 months of past due rent and up to three months of future rent. The number of months of assistance provided will depend on eligibility and funding source.
  • For questions about the application process, contact the United Way of El Paso County’s Community Resiliency Center at (877) 594-7276.

Applications for rental assistance have been received will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted.