Nina San Miguel is amongst an unknown quantity of people that do not qualify for Houston’s Rental Help Program. She’s now scrambling to make September hire.
HOUSTON — We’re wrapping up week 24 of the coronavirus nationwide emergency. Simply when some thought they’d hit backside, the pandemic is pushing our neighbors to a breaking level.
“One thing has to offer. One thing has to assist. One thing has to occur as a result of this isn’t proper,” mentioned Nina San Miguel. “This isn’t our fault. That is one thing that’s out of our management.”
A few of our neighbors can relate to San Miguel, as a result of hire is due in just some days on the primary of the month.
“Do you’ve meals within the fridge?” requested KHOU 11 reporter Melissa Correa. “Sure, I do. Will not be so much, however I’ve one thing in there.”
By the Zoom video chat app, San Miguel walked KHOU 11 Correa by her rental residence. Frozen meals from a meals distribution will assist feed the household of six. The partitions are naked. Nearly every thing within the northwest Houston house is on the market, together with the couch.
I’m attempting to have a storage sale proper now to make extra cash,” San Miguel mentioned. “I’ve been making use of for jobs and so has he.”
Something to assist chip away at her mounting debt. She hasn’t be capable to pay her City of Houston water invoice. She owes $895.
“That’s how a lot I’m behind,” mentioned San Miguel as she confirmed Correa her water invoice. “That’s only one invoice. We had our hire paid till Might of this 12 months. After which after that, when my husband obtained laid off, we couldn’t afford to pay the remainder of the months due to COVID. I’ve tried to look all over the place for rental help.”
Baker Ripley is dealing with the City of Houston’s Rental Assistance Program. Houston requires landlord participation, which then retains anybody on the property from being evicted.
The San Miguels’ rental house is managed by a neighborhood actual property agency which handles the rental on behalf of the property proprietor.
That agency says the property proprietor doesn’t need to apply to Houston’s Rental Help Program as a result of he doesn’t need to give town his banking info and he desires to maintain his proper to evict.
The true property agency says it filed an eviction towards the San Miguel’s on Aug. 7.
“I’ve tried all over the place,” mentioned San Miguel of calling varied applications. She even reached out to KHOU 11 on Nextdoor, hoping for assist. San Miguel mentioned she related with Wesley Neighborhood Heart which could assist cowl the again hire.
“Dwelling within the streets. That’s my worst concern,” she mentioned.
With a number of days earlier than the primary of the month, she’s specializing in the constructive.
“My children. My infants. My infants. My husband. The remainder of my household. God,” San Miguel mentioned. “That offers me hope. That retains me going. As a result of what else goes to maintain me going?”