Programs & Services

CARES ACT FUNDED PROGRAMS

Texas Emergency Rental Assistance and eviction diversion programs (TERAP/TEDP)

APRIL 29, 2021

Administered by the City of Killeen under contract with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)

 

The application portal is now closed to new applications as all funding is committed.  


If you have an incomplete application please log in to your account and complete the application through the portal at https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/KILLEENTX/Participant by 5 pm May 5, 2021. 


If you had trouble uploading documents or have received an email or call to complete your application and you are in need of assistance, please contact the Community Development Office to schedule an appointment to come in for staff assistance.   Please call Julius at 254- 616-3196  or Cinda at 254-501-7845 to schedule the appointment. 

 

Incomplete Applications started and not completed in the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Diversion Programs (TERAP/TEDP) will be deleted from the system beginning at 5:00 PM May 5, 2021.


KILLEEN SMALL BUSINESS GRANT STABILIZATION PROGRAM (KSBG) – 

March 11, 2021

The Community Development Staff will provide FREE Technical Workshops to provide instruction on the information and requirements associated with completing the Killeen Small Business Grant Stabilization program. Businesses that have started and have not completed or eligible small businesses wishing to submit and application can register to attend one of the FREE Technical Workshops scheduled.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBGTechShop

EMERGENCY RENT/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE (ERMA)

March 11, 2021  

If you have an incomplete application please log in to your account and complete the application through the portal at https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/KILLEENTX/Participant

If you had trouble uploading documents please contact the Community Development Office to schedule an appointment to come in for staff assistance in completing and uploading the required documents.

Please call Julius at 254- 616-3196 or Donna at 254-501-7844. 

Incomplete Applications started and not completed in the Killeen Emergency Rent/Mortgage Assistance program will be deleted from the system at 5:00 PM March 19, 2021.


TEXAS Emergency Rental Assistance and Eviction Diversion Programs  (TERAP/TEDP)  

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Administered by the City of Killeen under contract with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)


The Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP) provides rental assistance to income-eligible households impacted by COVID-19 to help them stay housed during the pandemic and help them recover economically from the impact of the pandemic.

The TERAP goal is to help stabilize low- and moderate-income renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic through provision of up to six months of rental assistance.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this CDBG-CV program is specifically designed to help households prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The Governor of the State of Texas designated TDHCA as the administrator of the state’s allocation of these funds. TDHCA has designated $239,332.33 to the City of Killeen as an eligible jurisdiction for the exclusive purpose of providing emergency rental assistance for Killeen tenants, eviction diversion and administration of the TERAP.

  • Rental assistance payments will be available exclusively to households whose incomes are at or below 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Direct payment to landlords will be made on behalf of eligible tenants up to 6 consecutive months – maximum 5 months in rental arrears and 1 month for current/future rent; over subsidizing is prohibited by state and federal regulation. Pursuant to Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subtitle A, Part 5 (24 CFR Part 5) all businesses will be subject to verification of debarment, proposed debarment, suspension, or declared ineligible from participation a federal or state assisted program.
  • The landlord and Tenant must make certain certifications agreeing to participate in the TERAP/TEDP assistance programs.
  • Duplication of Benefits is prohibited; Tenants and Landlords cannot have already received payment from CDBG, CDBG-CV or other funds covering the same time period.

The City of Killeen is not obligated to fund a submitted application. All funding considerations are subject to availability of funds. TDHCA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or amend the provisions governing the TERAP/TED programs.

ELIGIBILITY

TERAP allows income-eligible, COVID-impacted households, may receive up to six months of rental assistance

  • TEDP allows Texans who have fallen behind on their rent because of the impact of COVID-19 and whose landlords have initiated eviction proceedings, to stay in their homes. TEDP is operated in partnership with the Supreme Court of Texas, the Office of Court Administration (OCA) and local courts and provides referred income-eligible, COVID-impacted households with up to six consecutive months of rental assistance.
  • Tenant must provide a copy of the current lease agreement and/or provide proof of tenancy (e.g. cancelled check, money order, utility bill, etc.).
  • Unit must be eligible. Ineligible units include those already receiving project-based assistance, public housing units, and units owned by a unit of government.
  • Ineligible Tenants are those who are in a unit receiving project-based assistance, or those who are in public housing or properties receiving federal or state rental assistance are not eligible as they are already receiving assistance to meet their rent obligations. Examples of federal rental assistance programs whose program participants are not eligible for CDBG-CV rental assistance include but are not limited to the Housing Choice Voucher program (tenant or project based), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids(HOPWA), and HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).
  • TEDP assistance, the Landlord must agree to release the tenant from payment liability and waive all claims raised in the eviction case and not evict the tenant for nonpayment of rent for the period covered by the assistance. Landlord must agree to forgive late fees/penalties for rental arrears.
  • Payments will be made directly to landlord/property manager unless the landlord declines to participate in the program.
  • The applicant must reside in a housing unit in the corporate city limits of Killeen.
  • Gross annual household income from all sources must be less than 80% of the area median income as established by HUD. Gross amount of income means income before any deductions have been taken. Household means all persons occupying the same housing unit, regardless of their relationship to each other. The occupants could consist of a single family, two or more families living together, or any other group of related or unrelated persons who share living arrangements. Annualized gross income is a “snapshot” of the household’s current estimated annual income. For TERAP the household’s circumstances for the most recent four weeks (or month, if monthly) are used to project future income.Every household must qualify according to gross annual income.

Access the TERAP/TEDP Participant Portal application following the link; Register with an active email and personal password, confirm registration in the email provided; Sign In to the Neighborly Software-Killeen Participant Portal and click on Start a new application at the TERAP/TEDP. You will need to complete the entire application, upload required documents in the application. Please make note of your case ID.  You can check the status of your application any time by logging back into the portal by clicking ‘view’ to see the status.  

https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/KILLEENTX/Participant 


KILLEEN SMALL BUSINESS GRANT STABILIZATION PROGRAM (KSBG) – 

February 3, 2021

Small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply online for the Killeen Small Business Grant assistance program through the Neighborly Software-Killeen Participant Portal.

Eligibility for the Small Business Grant includes: 

  • As of March 31, 2020, the Business must: 
    • Be an eligible business type.  See KSBG Ineligible Businesses.
    • Business owner(s) must be over the age of 18 years  
    • Be a small business/microenterprise having five (5) or fewer employees including the owner(s) with one (1) owner holding 51% or more ownership of the business;
    • Currently be operating under posted business hours in a retail store front location in the corporate city limits of Killeen; 
  • Applicant/Business must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. See How to obtain a DUNS Number.
  • The business owner must be able to document loss (business disruption) directly related to the impact of COVID-19 and are in need of assistance for the purpose of stabilization to avoid complete economic collapse/closure of the Killeen small business..
  • The business may not be owned by a City of Killeen employee, Council Member, or related to any Killeen official within the first degree of consanguinity (father, mother, son, daughter) or affinity (spouse, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law).
  • The business may not have received funding through any other federal, state or local program(s) under the CARES Act, Coronavirus Relief Fund, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
  • The business may not have received funding from the Bell County Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Small Business Grant Program.
  • The applicant(s) must agree to comply with requirements set forth in the Small Business Grant Agreement and follow through with executing the document and reporting accomplishments. See sample Small Business Grant Agreement.

Business owners should have the following documents and information. Several of these documents are required to be uploaded/attached to the application in the Neighborly Software Portal.

Documents required to be uploaded must be in a portable document format (PDF)

  • Business Tax Returns from tax year 2018, 2019 and 2020, if already filed.
  • Business Budget of Fixed Expenses and Projected Revenue for tax year 2020. 
  • Business Financial Account Information associated with the small business including statements from all business checking and savings accounts, online business banking, inventory tracking, and sales accounts/Virtual accounts (Axos, Bank of America, BlueVine, Brex, Chase, Fairwinds, NBKC, NorthOne, NOVO, OZK,  PLAID, RADIUS, etc.), business investments including IRA, CD, Bonds, Stocks, Equity in Properties, etc. from April 2020 to current.
  • Cash Flow/Profit and Loss Statement beginning October 1, 2020 ending December 31, 2020 and for the month of January 2021.
  • Commercial Property Lease Agreement/Business Property Mortgage (Deed of Trust) Document - a copy of the current commercial/business lease agreement OR owner’s deed of trust for the business property (real land and improvements).
  • Projected Business Expenses (Stabilization Costs) for the next ninety (90) days. Please use your standard business budget form to provide detail of expenses necessary to avoid complete economic collapse/business closure (i.e., payroll for retaining employee(s), business insurance, supplier payments, lease/mortgage payments, utility payments (water, electric gas, garbage, telephone, internet/WiFi service-not equipment; new or expanded technology applications; personal protection equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies, and other reasonable costs for business operations (i.e. raw materials, etc.)).
  • Valid Photo Identification for all business owners.
  • Business Owner Personal Tax Returns if business income/expenses are filed on and individual’s tax returns (for the owner who holds 51% ownership) – complete copy of individual tax returns for 2019, and if already filed, 2020. 
  • IRS W-9 form completed for the business in accordance with Killeen Purchasing and Financial Policies.

Access the Killeen Small Business Grant Participant Portal application following the link; Register with an active email and personal password, confirm registration in the email provided; Sign In to the Neighborly Software-Killeen Participant Portal and click on Start a new application at the MICROENTERPRISE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE. You will need to complete the entire application, upload required documents in the application. Please make note of your case ID.  You can check the status of your application any time by logging back in to the portal by clicking ‘view’ to see the status.   

https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/KILLEENTX/Participant 


January 20, 2021 
Emergency Rent/Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)

NOTICE: Applications for rental/mortgage assistance are closed effective 2/4/21 as funding has been depleted.  Rental and Mortgage Assistance online applications are closed.  City staff are working as fast as possible to process all submitted completed applications.  Applicants can still login to check the status of their application.

Households impacted by COVID-19 and in need of assistance my apply online for the Killeen Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program through the Neighborly Software – Killeen Participant Portal. 

Eligibility for the Rent or Mortgage Assistance Program include:  

RENT

  • Household income must have been negatively (financially) impacted by COVID-19.
  • Lease agreements must have been executed prior to April 1, 2020.
  • Rent payments cannot be delinquent prior to March 31, 2020.
  • Payments will be made directly to landlord/property manager.
  • Total assistance will not exceed $4,000 or up to six months of assistance, whichever is less.
  • The applicant must reside in the housing unit within the corporate city limits of Killeen.
  • Applicants with a Section 8 voucher or other housing voucher (i.e., VASH, Mainstream, Rapid Re-Housing or Project Based Vouchers, etc.) or households living in Federally subsidized units are not eligible or this assistance.
  • Landlord/Property Manager must agree to participate within program policies.
  • Applicants previously assisted with rent assistance are not eligible.
  • Gross annual income from all sources for all household members must be less than 80% of the area median income as established by HUD.

MORTGAGE

  • Household income must have been negatively (financially) impacted by COVID-19.
  • Mortgage Loans must have been executed prior to January 1, 2020.
  • Seller financed homeowner purchases; purchases between related persons are not eligible for this assistance.
  • Mortgage payments cannot be delinquent prior to March 31, 2020.
  • Payments will be made directly to mortgage servicer/company.
  • Total assistance will not exceed $4,000 or up to six months of assistance, whichever is less.
  • The applicant must reside in the housing unit within the corporate city limits of Killeen.
  • Mortgage assistance may not be provided to owners who have executed a Forbearance Agreement with the Mortgage Servicer that is federally backed or insured.
  • Mortgage Servicer must agree to participate within program policies.
  • Gross annual income from all sources for all household members must be less than 80% of the area median income as established by HUD. 

House-hold Size

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Gross Income

$35,800

40,900

46,000

51,100

55,200

59,300

63,400

67,500


Reasonable Accommodations will be made for persons with Disabilities and for persons who wish to apply but have no Internet access or are not able to connect to the participant portal. To request a reasonable accommodation, to connect to the participant portal, or for persons with limited English proficiency, call 254- 501-7845 or 254-501-7843 (hablo español) to request access for an appointment with the Community Development staff.  Appointments will be available only between the hours of 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Applicants must bring the required documentation with them to the scheduled appointment in order to complete the application within the time allotted.

Please have ready a PDF copy of the following documents prior to entering the Participant Portal:    screen shots or photos will not be accepted.

-Copy of photo identification of all household members over age 18 years.

-Complete copy of your current rental lease if requesting assistance for rent assistance

-Complete copy of past due mortgage statements if requesting assistance for mortgage payments 

You will need to register for an account by entering an active email address and by creating a unique personal password. This information will be used to start a new application and check the status of an application submitted.  A case number will be assigned to you once you start the application- please maintain your case number for future reference.   

NOTICE: Applications for rental/mortgage assistance are closed effective 2/4/21 as funding has been depleted.  Rental and Mortgage Assistance online applications are closed.  City staff are working as fast as possible to process all submitted completed applications.  Applicants can still login to check the status of their application.