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A van has a sign on it that says "rent strike."
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The City of Austin says fewer people have applied for rental assistance than expected. It's given out just $1.3 million so far of roughly $13 million available for tenants hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Austin is opening applications for a rent assistance program on Wednesday.
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The City of Austin will begin accepting applications Wednesday for a second round of rent help for tenants affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications open here at 8 a.m.

Austin está preparando otro programa de asistencia de alquiler para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia del COVID-19.
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The City of Austin is preparing a second round of rental assistance for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, this time from a pot of roughly $13 million in federal and local funds, which it expects to give out over at least five months.

A van on I-35 has a sign on it that says "Rent Strike."
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The City of Austin is providing $1.2 million in one-time emergency rental assistance to residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program will distribute the payments through a lottery system. Residents in need of assistance can apply on the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's website from May 4 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. May 6. 

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Here’s a statement that will shock very few in Austin: The city is becoming increasingly harder for renters to afford.

That’s according to an annual report released Thursday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.