Denton County’s Non-Profits Gasp for Relief Amid Financial Stress

Rev. Cedric Chambers passes out food at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

By Camille Rhyne

Non-Profits in the Denton County area are anxiously awaiting potential eviction notices as many are suffering from the pandemic. The Non-Profit Agencies are concerned about January 1, 2021 because at this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order to halt evictions will expire.

Gary Henderson, who is the executive director of the United Way of Denton County stated, “I don’t think any of us can wrap our heads around the amount of money needed to keep households in Denton County secure in 2021,”. The Denton County Commissioner’s Court, City Council, and Lewisville City Council moved very quickly to make the CARES Act money available to households around the Denton area.

“They saw and understood that their constituents were headed for some very hard times,” Henderson said. “They’ve been very responsive to the needs our partner organizations are seeing.” Although the community has truly stepped into to help those around them, many organizations are nervous about their future. Attorney Farwah Raza, who practices in Denton County, said it’s not too early for the insecure Denton County households to prepare to fight potential eviction notices that she expects to be posted on doors in January.

Renters can access the CDC Eviction Moratorium Tenant Declaration in order to be prepared for evictions. In order to use the declaration, the resident must:

• expect to make no more than $99,000 in 2020 — no more than $128,000 if filing taxes jointly

• have not been required to report any income to the IRS in 2019

• received a stimulus check issued under the CARES Act

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