emergency disaster relief - covid-19



Bell County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

The United States Department of the Treasury released $25 billion in funds to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bell County was a direct recipient of a portion of those funds. HCCAA has partnered with Bell County to help Bell County residents get assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.



Households must have income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as defined by HUD.

Income Guidelines


One or more of the tenant household members have:
• Qualified for unemployment benefits; OR
• Attest in writing that due to or during the pandemic, they:
Experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship


Households must also demonstrate they:
• Are at risk of homelessness or housing instability by providing an eviction notice or past-due utility or rent notice; OR
• Live in unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions

*The unit you are renting must be your primary residence and be located within Bell County.*

*Any unpaid rent or utility bills you apply for can go no further back than March 13, 2020.*

For households located outside of Bell County, click here for your ERAP provider.

Required Documents

There are required documents for both tenants and landlords. This Checklist ERAP is a comprehensive list of what documents you will need to complete and submit.

Income Certification Form

Tenant Application Packet

Landlord Packet and Fillable W-9 and Landlord Re-verification

You can fax documents or drop them off at Center closest to you.

Applications are accepted by appointment only.

Temple HELP: 604 North 3rd Street, Temple, TX 76501
Main Number: 254-870-9986

Killeen HELP: 204 Priest Drive Killeen, TX 76541
Main Number: 254-870-9986