Getting evicted? These are the protections in place for tenants facing the prospect of losing the roof over their heads
Heather Hartman is just one of many Houston-area residents facing eviction due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, she worked at a grocery store.
“It’s been hard trying to manage,” Hartman said. “I was working 38+ hours. When COVID hit, I was working 15 hours weekly. It’s hard to survive especially with all the kids.”
The mother of four was granted unemployment, but now that’s only $230 a month since the additional $600 as part of the CARES Act has been dropped from her benefits.
“Paying bills, paying rent is where it really hurt me. Being able to provide a roof over my kids and grandkids (head). Gas, lights, water, my car payment," she said.
Keeping up with all her bills has proven to be all too much, and now she is behind two months on her rent and faces eviction if she does not come up with the $2,700 she owes.
“It’s been very stressful. Figuring out what I’m going to do to continue putting a roof over my kids' head. I’m out looking for other places to live, I’m out at apartment complexes because I don’t make three times the rent”
Relief for those facing eviction
There is help on the horizon for those like Hartman who are facing eviction.
In early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a nationwide ban on evictions, in an effort to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. And just last week, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order also giving more help to tenants facing evictions. Below is a breakdown of the orders, as well as important resources for those facing eviction.