Emergency Housing Vouchers

Emergency Housing Vouchers

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is a tenant-based voucher program funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and included funding for approximately 70,000 EHVs. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) was allocated 470 vouchers to be administered throughout regions of the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care (TX BoS CoC). Texas Homeless Network (THN) only accepts referrals for individuals and/or families currently in Permanent Supportive Housing or Rapid Rehousing programs reflected on the 2021 Housing Inventory Count. A timeline of the referral process can be found in the Resources section below.

In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of the four eligibility categories:

  • Homeless
  • At-risk of homelessness
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
  • Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability

Texas Homeless Network does not accept applications from the general public. EHV applications are accepted based on a direct referral process between direct service providers and THN, using the TX BoS CoC Coordinated Entry (CE) System.  If you are experiencing a housing crisis please click here to find help


Please Note:

24 CFR 982.553(a)(2)(i), prohibits admission to the program if any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program.

Eligibility for EHV is limited by statute to 50% Area Median Income. To determine Area Median Income for a geographic area please visit this link https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2021/select_Geography.odn 

EHV Referral Instructions

Referral partners can refer eligible individuals and families to the EHV program by completing the following documents and uploading them to  the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS):

Referral partners must then complete an online EHV Referral Form

All of these documents, including the online EHV Referral Form link, can be found under the Application Materials section below. Application Instructions as well as a video tutorial for submitting documents to HMIS can be found in the EHV Resources section. All documents must be submitted in order for staff to complete a review of the voucher referral.


Please note, for Referral Partners that do not use/have access to HMIS, can directly email the required documentation to txbosehvp@thn.org as a protected sheet with a shared password in the body of the email.

Application Materials

TDHCA EHV Pre-Application Packet must be completed by a case manager and/or direct service provider with a referring agency that identifies a client for the Emergency Housing Voucher program.

EHV Resources

For more information about EHV or the EHV referral process, contact us via email at txbosehvp@thn.org 

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