Abbott, State Agency Work To Provide Housing Assistance During Outbreak

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, speaks during a press conference at the state Capitol about the state's response to the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Gov. Greg Abbott and the state housing agency are working to bring financial housing assistance to Texans who need it during the coronavirus pandemic.

Abbott waived statutes relating to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investments Partnership program. The move gives the state more flexibility to use the program’s funds to help certain people pay their rent.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs sent a letter to HUD asking for federal waivers for reprogramming the funds.

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