FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019 file photo shows Visa credit cards in New Orleans. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped Americans from keeping up with their credit card payments, thanks in large part to government relief programs passed by Congress earlier this year. For some, however, the ability to keep buying things with plastic and then pay the bill likely depends on whether current negotiations in Washington produce another round of economic aid. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
Texas is ending its pandemic-related rental and utility assistance program after today. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will stop taking applications for the Texas Rent Relief Program at 5 p.m. The agency told state lawmakers this week that because of overwhelming demand, there isn’t enough money left to run the federally funded program. The remaining funds won’t be enough to help everyone who has already applied for assistance with rent and utilities.
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