Disability Rights Texas has two online tools available to people in the state who are at the risk of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first one, available in both English and Spanish, is the Unpaid Rent Accommodation Request Generator. This tool is for people facing eviction for unpaid, past-due, or late rent who are unable to work due to the pandemic. If you, or someone in your household, has a compromised immune system and cannot work, this tool is useful. The other tool, the CDC Declaration Letter Form, is also available in English and Spanish, and was created after the CDC-issued moratorium on evictions, which was recently extended until March 31. (UPDATE: As of 3/29/21 this has been extended to June 30, 2021.)
The tools prompt users to fill in the blanks with their information and the information of their landlord. It then generates a letter with all the important information regarding their housing situation, that can then be delivered to a landlord to start a dialogue for both sides to make a compromise.
“The generator tool came about because we were working on a lot of things that were pandemic related, and there was so much work, and so many people that were asking for help, we couldn’t help everybody. That’s frustrating for us, because we do want to be able to help as many people as possible, and what we realized we can do is try to automate the process,” said Rachel Cohen-Miller, the supervising attorney for the Housing Transportation Disaster Team with Disability Rights Texas.
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