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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2021 income limits that apply to Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program participants. ESG annual and ESG Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Subrecipients must use the HUD 30% Income Limits for ALL Areas, and the HUD 50% income limits as applicable for program component. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has posted the 2021 HUD income limits used for ESG in Texas on its website at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/esgp/guidance-solutions.htm.

ESG Annual Subrecipients must use the 2021 30% Area Median Income Limits as of April 1, 2021. Program participants are required to have income below 30% of the Area Median Income upon entering a Homelessness Prevention project (24 CFR Section 576.103) and re-evaluated to have income below 30% of the Area Median Income not less than once every six months after receiving Homelessness Prevention (24 CFR Section 576.401(b)(1), and amended by HUD waiver). Income qualification of less than 30% Area Median Income is also required for ESG program participants receiving Rapid Re-housing not less than once annually (24 CFR Section 576.401(b)(1)).

ESG CARES Subrecipients must use the 2021 30% Area Median Income Limits and 50% Area Median Income as of April 1, 2021. Program participants are required to have income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income upon entering a Homelessness Prevention project (24 CFR Section 576.103) and re-evaluated to have income below 50% of the Area Median Income not less than once every six months after receiving Homelessness Prevention (24 CFR Section 576.401(b)(1) and amended by HUD waiver). Income qualification of less than 30% Area Median Income is also required for ESG program participants receiving Rapid Re-housing not less than once annually (24 CFR Section 576.401(b)(1)).

More information about income eligibility can be found online at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division/esgp/video-library.htm under “Income Eligibility Training.” Under ESG Webinars, the “Calculating Assets” and “Income Eligibility-A Case Study” recordings may be helpful.

Questions about this notice may be sent to esg@tdhca.state.tx.us.

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