Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA)

Program Purpose

The primary purpose of the Federally funded HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is to assist low-income individual households who need to help paying their rent.  The program also provides assistance with security deposits.  All applicants must be referred to Grants & Housing Department (G&H) by a local non-profit social service agency.  No application will be accepted without a referral.

Rental Assistance & Security Deposit Restrictions

Rental assistance will be provided to the applicant (not the unit).  Assistance will be provided for one (1) year (no re-application).  Applicant must pay $50 or 30% of the household monthly adjusted income of the rent amount, whichever is higher.  Security Deposits may not exceed more than twice the monthly rent.

Determining Eligibility

G&H is responsible for ensuring that every individual and family admitted to the HOME TBRA program meets all program eligibility requirements.  The applicant must provide any information needed by G&H to confirm eligibility and determine the level of the applicant's assistance.

Eligible Participants

To receive HOME TBRA funds applicant must:

  • 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 income at or below HUD-specified income limits

Tenant Waiting List

G&H 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.

Contact the following local non-profit agencies for referrals to the program:

  • Gulf Coast Center (GCC clients ONLY) (contact Deinisha Tryals), (409) 944-4345
  • Salvation Army, (409) 763-1691
  • St. Vincent's House (contact Amber Evans), (409) 765-2210
  • Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT) (HIV clients ONLY), (409) 763-2437
  • Galveston ISD Special Programs (contact Mary Patrick), (409) 766-5177
  • Woman, Inc. (contact Case Mgmt), (713) 417-4898
  • The Children's Center Inc. (contact Debra Washington), (409) 765-5212
  • The Chosen Ones Outreach Ministries of Galveston, Inc., (409) 229-1394
  • Gods Reaching Hand (contact Lewis Toussant), (281) 667-1350
  • Catholic Charities (contact Linda Mannen or Raffaella Davidson), (409) 762-2064 ext. 5