TRLA Success Story: Finding a New Home

Fifty-eight year old Nancy had lived in a small two-bedroom apartment with her son for the past nine years. With both of them having multiple disabilities, life was hard. So when Nancy woke up one morning to find her apartment flooded with water due to a broken water pipe, she didn’t know what to do.

Luckily her landlord put her and her son in a hotel for a few days while the water was removed. But one week after Nancy returned to her apartment, she was told she needed to leave again due to mold. Apparently the landlord cleaned out the water, but didn’t do anything to treat mold in the residence. Not knowing what to do, Nancy turned to Texas RioGrande LegalAid (TRLA) for help.

TRLA represented Nancy at her eviction hearing and through a series of negotiations with her landlord in an attempt to find her a new place to live. But ultimately, it was a newly formed partnership between TRLA and the City of McAllen that provided the best solution.

By working with the City of McAllen, a partner agency of the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), TRLA was able to find Nancy and her son new housing in a fully handicapped accessible home. They currently reside there.

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