Information You Need To Know About

COVID-19 Moratorium on Evictions

"This decision by the Texas Supreme Court offers a lifeline to many Texans who are beginning to feel the economic impact of COVID-19, Temporarily suspending residential eviction proceedings will provide Texans whose personal income has been affected by the spread of this virus with greater flexibility to meet their housing needs and provide for their families. I thank the Texas Supreme Court for its swift action on this matter."

-Governor Greg Abbott

Federal Moratorium On Evictions March 27, 2020 – July 24, 2020 Applicable to the Voucher Program

Please note that any state moratorium that is stricter than that of the federal moratorium will apply

As always, the Health and Safety of our residents, staff and the community remain our top priority. During this time, DETCOG Regional Housing Authority is committed to providing you with the best customer service that we can while still taking precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and that of state and local officials.

At this time, our offices remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We continue to answer your calls and e-mails, as well as responding to emergency fail items. We are working on a process to allow move-in inspections by an alternative process.


With May 1st around the corner, DETCOG Regional Housing Authority has received various questions regarding rent payments.  We know how important it is to have a safe and healthy place to call home and want to do everything we can to help you during this time.  

Here is some information that may be helpful:

YOUR RENT PORTION TO LANDLORD:
Rent is still due on the 1st of every month. Although the State of Texas has issued a moratorium on evictions, you are still responsible for your portion of rent.  Although you cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent at this time, your rent amount is accumulating and you can be evicted for the past due amount once the moratorium has expired.

Please Note: Evictions filed before March 27, 2020 for rent, are not covered under the federal CARES Act and/or moratorium and those eviction actions may proceed against you. Rent assessed after March 27, 2020 cannot be included in an eviction proceeding until after the moratorium has expired.

Late fees charged for nonpayment of rent prior to March 27, 2020 may be collected during the moratorium. However, new fees for nonpayment of rent cannot be charged from March 27, 2020 – July 24, 2020.  This means no late fees may be charged for the months of April, May, June and July, 2020)


UTILITY REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS TO RESIDENTS:
DETCOG Regional Housing Authority will continue to load resident US Bank pre-paid cards as scheduled.

 


HOUSING AUTHORITY PORTION OF RENT PAYMENT TO LANDLORD:
DETCOG Regional Housing Authority will continue to pay their portion of the housing assistance payment to your landlord as scheduled.

 

EVICTIONS FOR REASONS OTHER THAN NON-PAYMENT OF RENT:

The eviction moratorium of the CARES Act only applies to evictions related to nonpayment of rent and fees related to nonpayment of rent. Evictions and Termination of Assistance against a tenant for drug abuse and/or other criminal activity, lease violations and family obligations violations are permitted during the moratorium. 

Please Note: The State of Texas moratorium applies to all evictions for any reason.

LOSS OF INCOME:

If you or a household member have experienced a loss of, please notify us in writing at housing@detcog.gov. Someone will follow-up with you as soon as possible.

 

Information on this page will be updated as processes are developed/changed or as needed to keep you informed.

Reach us at (409) 381-5262; Email: housing@detcog.gov; Fax: (936) 632-5916

 

Thank you for your continued patience as our team works through ongoing changes during this unprecedented time, and know that the DETCOG Regional Housing Authority is here to help.

Office: (409) 381-5262

Fax: (936) 632-5916

housing@detcog.gov

1405 Kurth Drive

Lufkin, Texas 75904-1929

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