As federal rental-assistance programs, such as the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act, gain popularity in Congress and among the general public, cities are currently on their own to distribute the limited funds granted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act via local rental assistance programs. In Texas, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin announced rental assistance programs, all of which report an overwhelming number of applicants in their first week. Dallas’s city application portal received 16,000 applications in one day, crashing the server. In Austin, the city has chosen to handle the massive demand, which surpasses available resources, by awarding the money through a lottery system. The Texas Tenants’ Union, along with 40 other housing and community organizations across the state, signed a letter to the Texas congressional delegation urging support of the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s proposed $100 billion federal rental assistance fund, along with a national eviction moratorium. “Congress must step in now… to prevent mass displacement, and chaos in rental markets and city budgets,” said the signees.