Resources available to those who may be facing eviction

With the CDC's eviction moratorium expiring, some Victorian residents may face eviction

VICTORIA, Texas – With the CDC’s eviction moratorium expiring just days ago, it puts many in a precarious situation where they could be facing eviction. In Victoria’s precinct 3 alone, 72 eviction notices have been filed so far this year.

We spoke with Ginny Stafford, the CEO of Mid-Coast Family Services, who said there was already a housing crisis before the pandemic, but the expiration of the eviction moratorium makes matters worse.

“One of the things we have seen is, it’s people that have never had to ask for help before. It’s like new housing crisis that they’re experiencing, and they’re coming to us, and because of the moratorium, they were really far behind,” said Stafford. Stafford also said that this past July Mid-Coast Family Services helped out 13 families in Victoria with rental assistance to avoid possible eviction.

Another resource available is the Texas Rent Relief, which you can apply for rental assistance. You can find their website here. You can also find more information about rent relief through the City of Victoria here.

An additional resource available to Victoria residents who may be facing eviction is the Salvation Army. Captain Kenny Jones with the Salvation Army in Victoria, said that with the expired eviction moratorium he is gearing up for an influx of people facing eviction. Jones said the Salvation Army can help people with rent or their mortgage, you just need to have an eviction notice or proof of job loss to receive assistance. Jones said they are also in need of donations if anyone in the community can help.

You can contact the Salvation Army in Victoria by calling 361-572-3779 and if you wish to contact Mid-Coast Family Services their number is 361-575-7842.