Mosley and her two-year-old son are among 122 families living at D.N. Leathers, a 75-year-old public housing complex, who must leave by the end of October so the complex can be torn down to make way for reconstruction of the city’s Harbor Bridge.
News Story (Texas)
September 19, 2016
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Tags: Environmental Justice, Housing: Affordability
Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
But after months of waiting for details, many say they’re having trouble finding places to go in a city where some landlords are reluctant to accept them, and that the government is offering little practical help with relocation.
Housing vouchers they received in early August seemed to offer the possibility of fresh starts in better living quarters — maybe even places with central air conditioning — but the search for private market rental housing has proved daunting, they say. They’ve been promised spots in other housing projects if they want, but few do. Only about 25 families have opted to move straight into other public housing complexes.
Many living on fixed incomes can’t handle moving costs. Others can’t scrape together security deposits. With the move-out deadline looming, many don’t know where they’ll be living in a month and a half, or if they’ll have much choice in the matter.