Texas legal aid providers collaborate on one-stop-shop to support Texas renters

Millions of Texans are struggling to pay rent and face possible evictions. Stop TX Eviction, a new online portal, is a guide to help tenants understand their legal rights and the remedies available to keep them housed.

A project of Texas’ three primary legal aid providers, Stop TX Eviction can help tenants understand their rights and the eviction process, locate rental assistance, and apply for free legal help.

Available in English and Spanish, the site helps renters:

  • Access essential documents they can give to their landlord or a court of law
  • Locate and apply for free legal services for tenants who qualify
  • Find out about rental assistance and other resources, and how to apply
  • Conduct an online chat with a lawyer who may be able to answer your questions regarding eviction

Stop TX Eviction also provides information about the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, a recently launched $171 million program to help tenants pay rent and stay in their homes.

The program started Oct. 12 in 19 counties. It will expand to the rest of Texas on Nov. 9 and continue to at least Dec. 18.

Stop TX Eviction is a collaboration between Lone Star Legal Aid, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Texas Legal Services Center, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. This project is possible with generous funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at http://www.lonestarlegal.org.

Media contact: Clarissa Ayala, cayala@lonestarlegal.org