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NHCD gathers resources for those worried about losing their homes
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano
Today, April 1, many Austinites face paying rent amid widespread layoffs and work stoppages due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though City Council recently took action to prevent evictions during this time, rent is still due, so the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has compiled a Covid-19 resource page for renters who may need help over the coming months. The department notes, “Not paying your rent could put you at greater financial risk. Contact your landlord for potential payment options if you are unable to pay in full when your rent is due. … The Texas Apartment Association has advised landlords to offer tenants payment plans and temporarily waive late fees. However, individual landlords determine their own policies. Make sure that any rental-deferment agreement is in writing and – if possible – is reviewed by an attorney.” To that end, the city has put together a list of resources offering emergency financial assistance for renters. The city also has information on avoiding mortgage foreclosure and a list of resources for those experiencing homelessness.
This whisper has been updated.