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Tenants’ rights and resources in a pandemic

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Renters, especially those at risk of eviction, have various rights and responsibilities including:

• An eviction notice doesn’t mean immediate removal.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current evictions moratorium applies to individuals earning less than $99,000 yearly, or couples earning $198,000 annually.

• Eligible residents must prove in writing they’re unable to pay full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income and/or compensable hours of work or wages, a layoff, or out-of-pocket medical expenses caused by the pandemic. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/declaration-form.pdf for details.

• No moratorium relieves a tenant of paying unpaid rent and/or any fees or penalties.

Where eligible renters and homeowners affected by the coronavirus pandemic can turn for local aid:

• Alamo Area Council of Governments’ Alamo Service Connection — utility payments for adults ages 60 and older; housing vouchers for disabled individuals ages 18-61 (210-477-3275 or info@askasc.org or www.askasc.org).

• City of San Antonio Emergency Housing Assistance Program — rent, mortgage, utility and internet aid to qualifying individuals or families within city limits. In addition, qualifying households receive $150-$300, based on household size, for food and other necessities (210-207-5910 or www.sanantonio.gov/emergencyhousingassistance).

• Bexar County Temporary Rental Assistance — available for qualifying individuals or families within Bexar County, but not inside San Antonio’s city limits (210-940-1180 or www.habctx.org/TRAM).

• SAMMinistries — rent, mortgage, utility aid to qualifying individuals or families. Relocation help is also available (210-340-0302 or www.samm.org/get-help).

• Society of St. Vincent de Paul — rent, mortgage, utility aid to qualifying individuals or families. Help with relocation, too (210-220-2463 or www.svdpsa.org/gethelp).

• American GI Forum — services for veterans: emergency housing for homeless, financial aid for rent and community resources. Relocation help is also available (210-234-4892 or www.agif-nvop.org).

• Endeavors — Services for veterans and other vulnerable populations: emergency housing for homeless, financial aid for rent, and community resources through case management (210-469-9664 or www.endeavors.org).

• Workforce Recovery Program — free workforce training and education to San Antonio residents negatively affected in industries of hospitality, food service or retail, based on unemployment claims (210-224-4357 or www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org).

• The Center for Health Care Services — housing vouchers and aid for individuals with mental-health or substance-use disorders (210-261-1250 or www.chcsbc.org).

• Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program — Provides assistance for rent, food, prescription medication and utilities. RACAP also has extended emergency aid to eligible Universal City residents (https://racap.org or 210-658-1613)

• Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP) – Offers emergency aid to qualified Bexar County or Guadalupe County households for rent, utility, food, and medicine. (https://grasp211.org/ or 210-658-6351)

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