Evictions in Fort Worth Continue Despite Moratorium
Countless people in Fort Worth are facing illegal eviction. Since March, every level of government has passed initiatives to curtail evictions. On the state level, Gov. Greg Abbott suspended evictions on March 19. The feds passed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — also known as the CARES Act — less than two weeks later on March 27. In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order to pause evictions until December 31, arguing that doing so would allow people to isolate more easily and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Becky Moseley is a staff attorney for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, a nonprofit that provides free civil legal help to low-income residents. She says that someone whose eviction creates transportation issues might still be protected under the CDC’s order. The order states that a tenant can’t have access to any “available housing” that would either be cost-neutral or less than than their current situation.