Disabled veterans evicted from Cypress homes, despite being eligible for rental help

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) – Despite qualifying for rent assistance, two disabled veterans were evicted from their Cypress home, leaving them with nowhere to go before vacation.

The Estates at Cypress said the couple had been paid more than $12,000 in rent, so a judge ordered the eviction. The Denhams missed that day in court because they were ill, and have arranged to pay through rent reduction programs through the end of the year. However, it didn’t matter when a squad of police and deportees showed up on their doorstep.

Steven Denham Sr. could not explain being evicted on Thursday morning. His home security system showed Disrupt Management’s team dumping his possessions and even making merciless remarks when they put his broken belongings in black bags.

“This is just wrong. Half of this stuff belongs to my mother, who passed away a few years ago,” Denham said.

Denham said he and his neighbors also had to rummage through all of their belongings to find the drug his wife depends on.

“Diabetes. Mental problems. She shouldn’t be going through this right now,” Denham said.

Brynn Rodriguez, who also lives at the complex, is one of several neighbors who have teamed up to help Denham sort and store his belongings. She said he was often the one to help others.

“This is not how you would treat a human in general, an elderly person in general, or a veteran in general. Where is the compassion?” Rodriguez said.

When asked about what happened, Disrupt Management’s regional supervisor, Lori Boyd, said, “We received notification of fund approval from Texas Rent Relief but did not receive the actual amount. until the title goes through the courts.”

Boyd also said the team could be disciplined based on content in the security videos.

What a relief for Denham, who now relies on the kindness of his former neighbours.

“We all pulled together cash and gave them to put them in a motel. His wife was still there. They had absolutely nowhere to go. They had no family here,” said Rodriguez.

“It was a message from God. I didn’t know I had so many people interested in me,” Denham said.

Rodriguez started a GoFundMe account for Denhams. They are asking for donations until they can find permanent housing.

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Dais Johnston

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