How to Apply for Rental Assistance
City of San Antonio (COSA) Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP)
What is The Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP)?
The City of San Antonio provides emergency assistance for rent, utilities and other support to income-qualified households within city limits.
I am currently behind on my rent, do I qualify for EHAP?
If you are a San Antonio resident and experiencing an emergency hardship, EHAP funding is currently available on the City of San Antonio website for rental assistance only, not for mortgage assistance.
You must also meet one of the following income requirements:
- Below 50% of the area median income: qualifies for up to 9 months rental assistance
- Between 51 – 80% of the area median income: qualifies for up to 6 months rental assistance
Does EHAP cover any other housing expenses such as water, energy or internet bills?
Yes, EHAP assistance can be used toward your current San Antonio Water Supply (SAWS), CPS Energy and Internet bills.
How can I apply for EHAP?
- You can apply online at the City of San Antonio website.
- Here is a step-by-step instructional slideshow that shows you how to navigate the application page.
- You can also watch this video for more information.
What documents do I need to apply for EHAP?
Below, you will find five different documents you will need. Please reference this document to ensure you have all required documents ready before you begin.
- Identification card, such as a Driver’s License
- Proof of housing instability or trouble paying bills, such as a Notice of Unemployment or Furlough or Notice to Vacate.
- Proof of income for the last two months (even if you have zero income), such as pay stubs, bank statements, etc.
- Proof of residence, such as a lease document or utility bill with name
- Contact information for your landlord or mortgage company, such as the name, phone number, and email.
If I have received previous housing assistance from COSA, can I still qualify for EHAP?
Yes, previous rental assistance will not be counted toward your future assistance allowances.
How can I find out more information about EHAP?
You can visit the City of San Antonio’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.