COVID-19 City of El Paso

Rental Assistance Program

Landlord enrollment and submission of joint Landlord-Tenant Applications is still open until all available rental assistance funding has been pledged. Take action today!

Landlords,

The City of El Paso has approved $10 million in federal funds for a Rental Assistance Program which will help residential tenants in the City of El Paso who are behind in paying their rent and are at risk of eviction because of a direct economic impact of COVID-19.

Eligible landlords may apply for rental assistance assistance for past due rent for eligible tenants.

How it works

Rental assistance will be distributed on a priority basis to those tenants most in need and who are at risk of eviction, as funds are available.

The program is limited to residential tenants living in the City of El Paso who are not receiving other federal housing assistance. Immigration status will not be requested nor be a factor in determining funding awards.

Timeline

Landlords enroll to participate

Property owners/property management companies sign up to be a Participating Landlord.

In this step, landlords will:

  • Review and sign the program agreement

  • Share property Information

  • Share banking Information

BakerRipley verifies landlord enrollment. If verified, the properties will be listed in the Participation Directory.

Open until all available rental assistance funding has been pledged.

Tenants work with Landlord on application documents

Once a Landlord is verified, they will reach out to tenants to:

  • Complete and sign the Joint Landlord-Tenant Application provided by the landlord. Preview a sample form here here.

  • Gather copies of verification documents

  • Provide form and documents to landlord

Open until all available rental assistance funding has been pledged.

Landlords submit application online

Landlords apply here online for assistance for tenants who:

  • Have submitted the paper application and verification documents to their landlord

Note - Tenant applications will be prioritized based on households with greater need. Submitting an Application is not a guarantee of assistance.

Open until all available rental assistance funding has been pledged.

Applications are verified and payments are made to landlords
  • Once an application is submitted, program staff will be reviewing the applications

  • When an application is approved, landlords and tenants will receive a pledge

  • BakerRipley will then disburse payment to the landlord

August 3rd onwards

Landlord Participation Agreement

To qualify, you must agree to

  1. Assess no penalties, late fees or interest to a tenant’s account for the months for which rental assistance is provided;

  2. Provide tenant credit for any partial payments;

  3. Rescind or cancel any prior notice to vacate and/or dismiss any eviction suit filed within 5 business days of receiving rent assistance payment;

  4. Not interfere with the tenant’s possession of the unit by changing the locks, cutting off utilities or removing appliances;

  5. Provide a 60-day notice to vacate to tenants who become delinquent on payment of rent within two (2) months of receiving assistance;

  6. Accept partial payments of rent and cap monthly late fees to $25.00 for tenants who become delinquent on payment of rent within two (2) months of receiving assistance;

  7. Be able to accept rental assistance payments via Automated Clearing House (ACH);

  8. Credit payment received to the tenant’s account within 5 days of receipt;

  9. Return any overpayments to BakerRipley within 5 calendar days;

  10. Repay funds for breach of contract;

  11. Comply with local, state, and federal eviction moratorium laws and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Tenant Eligibility

The tenant(s) you apply for must

  1. Live in a residential property within the City of El Paso limits

  2. Be behind on rent payment(s) for April 2020 or months after April 2020

  3. Be unable to pay rent due to economic harm from COVID-19 and are therefore at risk of eviction

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Enrollment

Here are the sections of the enrollment and what you'll need for each

Landlord/Landlord Authorized Representative

This section is about the individual completing the form.

You will need to upload your government issued photo ID
(Driver's License, Identity Card, Passport, Department of Defense ID, or Other).

Landlord Ownership

This section is about the owner of the property.

You will need to upload the owner's W-9 (completed and signed).

Landlord Property

The section is about the property where the Tenants reside.

You will need the Property's name and address. If you are enrolling more than 1 property, you will need to submit a separate enrollment for each property.

Landlord Banking Details

This section is about the bank account that funds should be disbursed to.

You will need to upload ACH instructions from the bank, or a voided check.

Landlord Agreement

After providing the information requested, you can review and accept the terms of this program.

You can preview the Landlord Requirements here.

Joint Landlord-Tenant Application: How to submit

When you enroll, the BakerRipley team begins the verification process. Once the process is complete, if you qualify to be a Participating Landlord, the team sends the enrolled landlord an email about the Joint Landlord-Tenant Application and how to submit.

Verifying a landlord’s status to participate is not a replacement for submitting the Joint Landlord-Tenant Application.

Preview a sample of the Joint Landlord-Tenant Application here here.

To request additional rental assistance to an existing tenant case, please complete and email the  Addendum - EP Rent Help Joint Tenant Application Addendum - EP Rent Help Joint Tenant Application to EPRent@bakerripley.org.

To submit the Joint Landlord-Tenant Application, for each tenant you will need:

Qualifying Applicant Eligibility RequirementAccepted Documents

Identification of Tenant Applicant

  • Any one of the following photo identification will be accepted

    • driver's license or state ID

    • passport

    • school ID

    • nonprofit membership ID

    • US visa

    • work permit

    • green card

    • a current or expired foreign government issued ID or passport

    • matricula consular

    • work ID

    • Office of Refugee Resettlement ID

    • Other forms of photo ID may be considered

Confirmation of Tenant of a rental unit within City of El Paso, Texas

  • Any one of the following will be accepted

    • Valid photo identification with address of current rental location

    • Current utility bill with name of applicant & address of rental location (water, gas, cell phone, internet, other utilities)

    • Lease with name of applicant and address of rental location

Confirmation of current household monthly income

  • Any of the following will be accepted and should be included if they make up part of the current monthly income for every adult (over 18 years old) in the household

    • Current pay stub(s) from work or letter from employer indicating current monthly wages/salary

    • If self-employed, current monthly financial statement or self-attestation of self-employment

    • If unemployed, current TWC unemployment check or statement OR letter from employer of termination from employment

    • Proof of alimony, pension, retirement, and child support

    • Proof of other income

Confirmation of eviction vulnerability

(if applicable)
  • Any of the following will be accepted and should be included

    • Eviction letter

    • Notice of Eviction

About the program

The City of El Paso has allocated $10 million in funding from the Federal Cares Act to provide rental assistance to landlords of residential rental properties for tenants who live within the El Paso city limits and are experiencing an economic hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Working together to serve you

This program is a collaboration of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Under One Roof, BakerRipley and Harvey Home Connect.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation/Under One Roof Collaborative is honored to partner with the City of El Paso to serve thousands of El Pasoans who are facing the prospect of losing their homes due to the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

Tracy J. Yellen

Chief Executive Officer

Paso del Norte Community Foundation

Paso del Norte Community Foundation

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation was established in 2013 to work with community partners to improve health, education, social services, economic development and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region. The PDN Community Foundation is the home of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and over 100 community-based funds, including eight COVID-19 Response Funds providing support to nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable in our community.

Under One Roof

Under One Roof is a fund of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and charitable organization of  the El Paso Apartment Association, which supports over 180 property management companies and owners who manage 48,748 units in El Paso County, both single family and multifamily rental homes.

BakerRipley

BakerRipley, founded in 1907, brings resources, education, and connection to nearly 600,000 individuals in Greater Houston each year through holistic community-based programs that support socioeconomic mobility, health and wellness, and disaster recovery.  BakerRipley most recently administered the City of Houston’s $15 million COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program.

Connective

Connective (formerly Harvey Home Connect) is a disaster recovery and preparedness system. We provide coordinated recovery for communities in need, and do so through building human-centered intake and application processes, technology-enabled coordination tools, and streamlined data analysis.

Sign-up to receive general email updates about the program.

Email sign-up is not a replacement for applying for rental assistance.

Regístrese para recibir actualizaciones del programa por correo electrónico.

El registrarse por correo electrónico no equivale el llenar la solicitud de asistencia para inquilinos.