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With Moratorium Lifted, Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City Where Evictions Can Resume

Added 05-23-20 04:07:02am EST - “Some Texas cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable. A Houston rental assistance program ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “With Moratorium Lifted, Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City Where Evictions Can Resume”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Downtown Houston, Texas in 2019. Loren Elliott/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Evictions are expected to skyrocket in Texas where the state Supreme Court has lifted a moratorium on evictions and unemployment has risen to historic levels amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable.

Houston, for example, is now the largest city in the nation where evictions can resume. A rental assistance program there ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.

"We anticipate that there will be a tsunami of evictions filed," said Dana Karni, an attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid, which provides free legal representation to low-income Texans. "I have no doubt about it, we are going to see homelessness."

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