Success Story: Staying in Her Home

Julia, an elderly and disabled resident of the Rio Grande Valley, had been living in the same apartment for the last ten years with the help of the local Housing Authority. When her housing assistance ended, her landlord told her that he would give her a few months to try to renew the assistance before he evicted her.

But an eviction would force Julia into homelessness. Not knowing what to do and unable to afford suitable housing on her own, she turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help.

TRLA worked with the Housing Authority to review Julia’s file and get her assistance reinstated. But her landlord had decided that he wanted all of the rent for the few months he gave Julia as a grace period – and someone had to pay. So TRLA worked with the Housing Authority again to see that it was a mistake to terminate Julia’s assistance in the first place. As a result, Julia got the back rent she needed to pay her landlord and stay in her apartment.

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