Lone Star Legal Aid

Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): Provider
Lists: LSC



Has America Given Up on the Dream of Racial Integration?

Alana Semuels
Atlantic, The
June 19, 2015
This feature dives into the history on racial integration in housing through the story of the city of Beaumont, Texas.

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Trump’s Cuts to Legal Aid Programs Would Hurt Low-Income Texans

John Bogna
Houston Press
April 27, 2017
President Donald Trump's discretionary budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, released last week, would cut funding entirely from 19 organizations, including the Legal Services Corporation.

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With Vouchers Rescinded, Former Foster Care Youth in Houston Stuck in Limbo

Meagan Flynn
Houston Press
June 15, 2017
Goodin, the 21-year-old mother of an 11-month-old baby, is among more than 900 Houston families who were on track to receive a housing voucher, only for it to be stripped away without warning, thanks to the sweeping federal budget cuts.

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Where Harvey is hitting hardest, 80 percent lack flood insurance

Heather Long
Washington Post
August 29, 2017
Everyone else who loses their home to flooding will be dependent on private charity and government aid, especially grants from Federal Emergency Management Agency.


How can lawyers help Hurricane Harvey victims? Disaster response attorneys share tips

Lee Rawles
ABA Journal
August 29, 2017
Find out how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in this special episode of Asked and Answered.

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Lawyers Gear Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys
Texas Lawyer
August 29, 2017
With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed.

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The Legal Crises to Follow in Hurricane Harvey’s Wake

Vann Newkirk
Atlantic, The
August 29, 2017
Lawyers in Houston are acting as first responders, connecting victims with insurance issues, among others, to pro bono assistance.

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Scammers using robo-calls about insurance to fleece Hurricane Harvey survivors

Joel Achenbach
Washington Post
August 31, 2017
The robo-calls tell people that their premiums are past due and that they must send money immediately or else have their flood insurance canceled.

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Harvey’s Destruction

September 2, 2017
For some residents, Harvey can be the beginning of a fight to get through legal red tape to get that financial aid.

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Flood victim advocates keep working after office explodes

Fox News
September 1, 2017
Amid the flooding, the building exploded into flames. But that hasn't stopped them from doing their work.

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In Harvey Aftermath, Lawyers Mobilize to Help Houston Victims

Nicole Hong, Sara Randazzo
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
September 2, 2017
Legal-aid groups and law firms volunteer to aid with insurance and FEMA claims, among other things.

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Displaced by fire, legal aid attorneys shift to Harvey shelters

Mike Snyder
Houston Chronicle
September 4, 2017
Attorneys gather at Houston shelters after office burns from electric issue.

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Offering Legal Aid After Harvey

Jonathan Blitzer
New Yorker
September 5, 2017
An organization worked to bring relief to Houston residents following the disaster. It didn’t occur to them that they were victims, too.

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Post-Harvey rental disputes mount

Nancy Sarnoff
Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2017
The Houston Housing Authority, which owns the building, said it asked residents to leave because of health and safety concerns.

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Legal-Aid Groups Fight for Texans’ Disaster Relief

Cameron Langford
Courthouse News Service
September 29, 2017
As Texas hurricane victims struggle to get back on their feet, legal-aid groups are helping them navigate a sometimes baffling federal-aid claims process and push back against landlords eager to evict them from flooded apartments.

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Renters find extra hurdles to recovery after hurricanes

Claudia Lauer, Adriana Gómez Licón
Associated Press (AP)
October 13, 2017
Rental housing has been a concern in many cities in Texas and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma flooded tens of thousands of homes.


Lawyers step up to help disaster survivors

Hilarie Bass
Houston Chronicle
October 23, 2017
But as the interest in the story wanes, legal needs for the people affected by these storms are just beginning to surface. Disaster survivors' legal problems can be lengthy and complicated. That is where lawyers can help.

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Residents say landlords take advantage of their undocumented status

Lomi Kriel, Roque Planas
Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post
October 26, 2017
In the aftermath of one of the nation's most destructive natural disasters, stories like those of the Rockport residents show how the region's more than half a million immigrants without legal status are often left most vulnerable.

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Two Months After Harvey, Landlord Evicts Tenants Due to Uninhabitable Conditions

Meagan Flynn
Houston Press
October 27, 2017
According to the generic letters stuck to residents' doors, the property owner decided to declare the damage to the units is "so extensive that your unit has become totally unusable as a practical matter for residential purposes.

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Hurricanes could bring another disaster: Foreclosures

Lydia DePillis
CNN Money
November 10, 2017
As life slowly returns to normal in hurricane-ravaged parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, housing experts and consumer advocates worry another crisis is on the horizon: Foreclosures.

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Did The Government Do Enough To Accommodate Disabled At D-SNAP Registration? Suit Says No

Wilson Sayre
WLRN (South Florida)
November 14, 2017
There’s an ongoing lawsuit that might reopen registration for some people with disabilities because, the suit claims, the lines to sign up were prohibitively long.

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Disaster victim activists concerned about FEMA’s fairness, transparency

Mike Snyder
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2018
Cases have fueled persistent concerns about the fairness and transparency of FEMA's process for determining who qualifies for help in the first, crucial months after a disaster.

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Legal aid for low-income Texans cut under proposed 2019 White House budget

Steffi Lee
KXAN (Local NBC, Austin, TX)
February 23, 2018
Connie Castillo and Jeanette Bell live in different parts of Texas, but both share a similar feeling: If it wasn’t for civil legal aid services coming to their help, they don’t know what they would do.

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Legal Aid Funding ‘Crucial’ After Hurricanes, Florida Chief Justice Says

Celia Ampel
March 13, 2018
Comments at a congressional hearing in Washington came weeks after President Donald Trump threatened to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.

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By All Appearances, They Overcame Hurricane Harvey. Appearances Are Deceiving.

Jack Healy
New York Times (NYT)
September 6, 2018
Now, mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates are edging higher around Houston, according to real estate and legal aid groups.

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Freeport’s East End Began in Segregation and Will End with Displacement

Michael Barajas
Texas Observer
September 12, 2018
A federal lawsuit accuses Port Freeport of threatening residents of a minority community with eminent domain and coercing them into selling their property.

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Relief for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

Saundra Brown
New York Times (NYT)
September 12, 2018
A legal advocate discusses the obstacles posed by FEMA.

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Eviction of Longview Housing Authority client overturned

Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Longview News-Journal
February 21, 2019
“I’m excited,” Morgan said, crediting Lone Star Legal Aid of Longview for representing her in court. “I feel like justice has been served.”


Natural Disasters Are Getting Worse. People with the Least Power Are Most at Risk.

Rachel Leven
Center for Public Integrity
April 25, 2019
“I don’t really think we’ve learned our lesson,” said Debra Wray Furrh, advocacy director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Texas. “We keep seeing the same results over and over and over.”

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Lawsuit: Hurricane Harvey aid discriminates against black and Hispanic residents

Sarah Smith
Houston Chronicle
November 11, 2019
A new lawsuit alleges that a plan for $5.6 billion in post-Harvey federal aid favored white homeowners over renters who tend to be minorities.

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For Americans With Bills to Pay, Help Is on the Way. Sort Of.

Jeff Ernsthausen, Paul Kiel
April 2, 2020

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What Happens When the Eviction Bans End?

Kriston Capps
May 29, 2020

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The Eviction Crisis Is Already Here and It’s Crushing Black Moms

Emma Ockerman
July 24, 2020

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“There’s no actual penalty for violating it.” – How the CARES Act failed to protect tenants from eviction

Annie Nova
August 29, 2020

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Houston woman says CDC moratorium didn’t stop notice to vacate

Heather Sullivan
Fox26 Houston
September 4, 2020

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Houston area leads country in number of evictions filed after CDC moratorium

Matt Dougherty
KHOU-11 Houston Television News
September 24, 2020

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So you want to lower your rent? Here’s how to negotiate

Anna Bahney
CNN Business
September 25, 2020
Vacancy rates are rising for rental homes and apartments in cities across the country -- and that puts renters in a prime spot to negotiate.

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Texas Legal Aid Providers launch One-Stop-Shop to support renters

October 21, 2020

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