The move comes after Congress passed a stimulus bill Monday extending the federal moratorium on evictions through the end of January. The moratorium order was set to expire at the end of the year.
San Antonio’s housing assistance program has doled out an average of $2,808 in aid per household, of which more than 85% are renters.
The new program will provide rental assistance and legal aid for tenants who are behind on rent. Details on how Texans could apply or qualify weren’t immediately released.
In a new strategy, the city will direct housing benefits recipients to its job training program, which pays up to $450 a week while enrolled.
The city recommends pay-outs for emergency housing assistance be scaled back, while directing people toward job training.
The nonbinding opinion comes as housing experts and advocates fear that the COVID-19 recession will prompt a surge in evictions across the state.
In San Antonio, 125,996 apartment units are expected to be subject to an eviction again after federal protects end on Saturday.
Unless the eviction moratoriums are extended, housing advocates fear a tidal wave of evictions will crash over San Antonio.
The City Council approved an ordinance Thursday requiring landlords and property managers to provide a document called a “notice of tenant’s rights” to tenants they want to evict.
Local officials hope renters and landlords can take advantage of housing relief to resolve disputes before they come to court.