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Immigrant survivors of violence have been especially vulnerable during the pandemic. The Tahirih Justice Center works with immigrant victims of gender-based violence such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and rape—and although the survivors we serve are eligible for immigration relief under law— nearly all the families we work with have been excluded from federal emergency aid.

During a raging pandemic that continues to take lives across the country and in Houston, immigrant survivors facing eviction are left with very few options. If you live in Texas and can’t afford your rent, a new website, Stop TX Eviction, has resources that might be able to help.

Here’s what you need to know about the Stop TX Eviction web portal:

  • All of the information and resources are available for free (in English & Spanish).
  • It provides legal information about the eviction process and an individual’s rights.
  • You can access important documents you can give to your landlord or the court.
  • You can apply for legal assistance from organizations in the area that provide free legal services to qualifying tenants.
  • It provides information about rental assistance and other resources in the area and how to apply.
  • You can chat with a real lawyer about questions regarding eviction.

Stop TX Eviction is a collaboration between the three main legal aid providers in Texas (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas) and the state legal aid support center, Texas Legal Services Center, with generous funding from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.