The city of San Antonio is preparing to revive a program that has helped thousands of San Antonians pay their rent or mortgage, utility bills and other living expenses.
The feared spike in eviction filings due to the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium has yet to take shape, at least in Bexar County, local records show. Some say it’s too early to tell whether filings will skyrocket.
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.