As the moratorium on evictions under the CARES Act has expired, we would like you to know what the Houston Bar Association is doing to help those in our community who are in danger of losing their homes.
Our Houston Volunteer Lawyers is part of a collaboration including Lone Star Legal Aid, South Texas College of Law, the University of Houston Law Center and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law that is coordinating efforts to provide legal advice and representation to low-income people facing eviction. In August, the group will kick off a pilot project with the Justice Courts from Precinct 2 and Precinct 7. In its eviction notices, the courts will include a phone number for the Harris County Pilot Eviction Project, where people can have their case reviewed by one of the legal service providers.
The Dispute Resolution Center also will assist with evictions in cases appropriate for mediation, and the Houston Lawyer Referral Service is available as a resource for those seeking to hire an attorney.
HVL is recruiting volunteers to handle eviction cases and will provide training and mentoring. If you are one of the attorneys who has already volunteered to help, thank you. If you would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have gathered resources for the public and attorneys on our new Evictions webpage, hba.org/evictions. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues and anyone you know who could benefit from these services, and please share the link on your social media.