THDA taking applications for COVID-19 rent relief

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has opened an online portal allowing renters and landlords to apply for up to 12 months of cumulative rent and utility payments through its new COVID-19 Rent Relief Program.
The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program was developed to support renters struggling to pay rent, utilities or other home energy costs due to loss of income resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the livelihoods of countless Tennesseans,” THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey said. “This program is designed to help people stay in their homes by covering eligible rent and/or utility costs they are unable to pay due to the challenges presented by COVID-19.”
THDA is administering this program in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Renters in those counties who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and earn less than 80 percent of the area median income may be eligible for this assistance.
In Hardin, McNairy and Wayne counties, a four-person household making less than $43,850 annually could qualify for this funding, information on the application website shows.
To start the application process, a landlord or tenant should access the online portal at or call the COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 844-500-1112.
Both landlords and tenants are required to provide verification and documentation as proof of eligibility. Once approved, payments will be made directly to the landlord or utility company on behalf of the tenant. Applicants can monitor the status of their application and payment through the online portal.
THDA said it received $384 million in direct funding from the U.S. Treasury to administer the emergency rent relief program which launched services on March 1.


  1. cynthia l hall on March 4, 2021 at 9:02 am

    i am trying to get help with my rent. i am raising 2 of my grandchildren. i am curently out of work. please help

    • Editor on March 4, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Cynthia, the link to apply for the rent assistance program is in red type in the story. Just click it and follow the directions.

    • Cindy Locke on April 5, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      I need rental assurance please, threatened with eviction. I have many health.issues

  2. Angie.b Henly on March 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    I need help paying my rent please!

    • Editor on March 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm

      Angie, the link to apply for the rent assistance program is in red type in the story. Just click it and follow the directions.

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