Evacuations increase in Harris County as $300 million in federal funding begins to dry up

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – As the new year begins, Harris County is seeing the same amount of displacement since before the pandemic, according to data from January Advisor.

“It really was a tsunami of mass evictions,” said Eric Kwartler, a public attorney and adjunct faculty member at the University of South Texas.

It sounds like a return to normal, but we are living in a different economy since COVID-19 hit. This trend is not good, especially when you consider the amount of support available.

Harris County has received nearly $300 million in federal funding for rent relief caused by the pandemic. To date, however, nearly all have been distributed or distributed.

If you apply now and have not gone to deportation court, your application will be on hold until the next round of funding, which may never arrive.

“If you are a tenant and are having trouble paying your February rent, it is paramount that you get in touch with your manager now,” said Christy Rodriguez, president of the Houston Apartment Association. hours,” said Christy Rodriguez, president of the Houston Apartment Association.

Experts even recommend getting an attorney.

“The tenants don’t understand the process or they can’t quit. So they don’t come to the trial and get kicked out of the house if the judge doesn’t have time to look at their case, a lot of Kwatler said.” give up. This is not the end if you get an eviction notice. That doesn’t mean you’ll be kicked out of the house right away. It does not mean that you will be kicked out of your home. You have the right. “

There are still some resources available and you can check them out on Houston Apartment Association website.

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