• Here is a list of available resources for paying your rent or mortgage

    • In summary, per guidance from a Dallas County Justice of the Peace:
      • ALL Eviction cases are currently postponed and continued for 60 days
    • Residential or Commercial;
    • Currently pending or filed within the 60 day period
    • ALL Writs of Possession are currently postponed and continued for 60 days
    • Residential or Commercial;
    • Previously requested or requested within the 60-day period
    • Lockouts are not addressed in any current emergency order – Texas Property Code, Chapters 92 and 93, control
    • Residential lockout tenants must be provided a key upon request whether rent is brought current or not;
    • Commercial lockout tenants must only be provided a key when the rent is NOT delinquent– provided that all other requirements of the lockout were in accordance with the Texas Property Code
    • Writs of Re-Entry are not addressed in any current order – Texas Property Code, Chapters 92 and 93, control
    • Residential or Commercial tenants that are illegally locked out may seek relief from the Justice of the Peace in the precinct in which the property is located
    • Residential landlords may be ordered to provide the tenant a key and the Court has authority to enforce its order;
    • Commercial landlords may only be ordered provide a tenant with a key when the rent is NOT delinquent – provided that all other requirements of the lockout were in accordance with the Texas Property Code
    • Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ Order states that Dallas County Justices of the Peace cannot proceed with evictions until May 18, 2020 (date subject to change). If you have concerns, volunteer attorneys are on stand-by to assist. Send an email to: DallasEvictions2020@gmail.com, and a volunteer lawyer will get back with you. Include your name, contact and landlord information, and other pertinent facts. The service is free.
    • The federal government announced they are suspending all HUD foreclosures and evictions for 60 days.

    If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:

    • If you are a Dallas Housing Authority client, please immediately report any loss of income in order to reduce your portion of rent and inspections will be restricted to health and safety only.
    • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Foreclosure Prevention 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Social Services - 214-670-8416
    • West Dallas Multipurpose Center Social Services - 214-670-6530
    • Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection or call 800-621-0508
    • Texas Health and Human Services Commission has resources available. There may be vouchers to assist those in need with paying their rent. Also get government assistance with other needs, including lease application fees, information on low income housing and security deposits. Dial 1-877-541-7905 to find additional ways to get rent help.
    • Texas offers programs that can help you with paying your mortgage and also avoid foreclosure. Local resources, including government and non-profit assistance, can help qualified homeowners
    • Homeowners have other resources too. Also click here for a listing of Texas HUD counseling agencies that provide free foreclosure counseling.
    • Information from the City of Dallas on eviction and foreclosure can be found here.
    • Information from the City of Dallas on Housing and Urban Development COVID-19 Funding Allocation can be found here.
    • The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law has launched a new website that tracks housing policies adopted by the federal government, State of Texas, and local jurisdictions to help Texas residents stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying financial crisis. The site covers renter protections, foreclosure protections, and utility access protections.
    • The City of Dallas Fair Housing and Human Rights Office has information here.