Renters Denied Assistance as Protections Near End, Eviction Worries Mount
Partner Mark Melton spoke with NBC Dallas Forth Worth about communities like Dallas that still have millions of dollars in coronavirus federal aid that need to be distributed by the end of the year or the funding will be returned to the federal government. Mr. Melton indicated that a large percentage of applicants have run into problems when applying for various programs across Dallas-Fort Worth. Applicants, he said, are often turned down because they do not live in the community they are seeking help from or they don’t have documents on hand.
“The problem with these programs is they come with a lot of strings from the federal government,” Mr. Melton said. “A lot of money comes through HUD [the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] and so there’s a lot of documentation requirements you’ve got to provide to get the money and for a lot of people that’s difficult to do.” Mr. Melton said retrieving a check stub online can prove to be an impossible task for many no longer employed.