10 Ways Houstonians Can Find Help Right Now

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If you are behind on your rent ...  

... Start off by seeing if your landlord is open to a payment plan. “This is a good option if your landlord is willing, but keep records,” Dana Karni, managing attorney for Lone Star Legal Aid’s Eviction Rights to Counsel Unit, says. “If you reach an agreement to modify your lease, you want to be sure to get that in writing. You do not want to find yourself in a he-said she-said situation down the road.”

If you aren’t able to work something out, it’s not a bad idea to seek out legal counsel, Karni advises. From March to September 2020 only about 3 percent of the 13,573 eviction cases filed in Harris County had an attorney, Karni notes. If legal aid feels out of your financial reach, there are multiple resources for getting help in Houston, including the newly created Eviction Defense Coalition. Lone Star Legal Aid, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, South Texas College of Law, The Earl Carl Institute at TSU, and the University of Houston have partnered together to offer their legal services to help ensure defendants have access to qualified lawyers during this crisis

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