Success Story: Avoiding Homelessness

Bridgette lived in public housing with her disabled daughter. Though it was difficult to live on a tight budget, Bridgette and her daughter were happy with their home and shared their positive outlook with a nice elderly neighbor.

But their neighbor’s abusive son didn’t like Bridgette and her daughter coming around to talk to his mom and threatened to call the police if he ever saw her again. A few days later, the local police came by to give Bridgette a warning.

By the end of that week, Bridgette has received a notice that she was being evicted and had thirty days to leave her home. She wasn’t behind on bills or rent and the only explanation she was given for the decision was that her neighbors were reporting her as a nuisance.

If she was going to be forced from this home, she wouldn’t have anywhere to go. Both Bridgette and her daughter would be forced to live on the streets.

So she turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help.

TRLA helped Bridgette fight the eviction and prove that she was a good resident and not a threat to her neighbors. Sure enough, the local Housing Authority decided not to pursue the eviction and Bridgette was allowed to stay in her home.

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