As the effects of COVID-19 drag into their sixth month, a potential housing crisis in North Texas looms.
Unemployment remains exceptionally high, assistance and protections are running out, and while some business activity has been able to return, the COVID-19-related losses for households have not been recovered. Low-, working-, and middle-income households have all suffered. With millions living paycheck to paycheck, income losses have already made it impossible for many to make their rent and mortgage payments.
While rent and mortgage assistance programs combined with eviction moratoriums have mitigated some of the immediate impacts, many in our community could soon be in desperate situations. From the Dallas Morning News, “tenant advocates warn that 28 million Americans could be at risk of eviction in the coming months.” Even more broadly, housing crises produce direct and knock-on effects across the economy, which means everyone will suffer the fallout if nothing further is done.
Our Housing Responds panelists represent experts and decision-makers in Dallas housing. Their discussion will shed light on what is to come for our communities and economy, spotlight successful interventions, and illuminate how we might avert a housing crisis in North Texas.
- Maryann D’Aniello, Attorney, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (LANWT) – Click Here for Bio
- Lucy Billingsley, Partner, Billingsley Company – Click Here for Bio
- Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas – Click Here for Bio
- Council Member Casey Thomas, II, Vice Chair, Housing and Homeless Solutions Committee – Click Here for Bio
- Jennifer Owen, Owner & Attorney, Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C. – Click Here for Bio
- Tony Fleo, CEO, Social Venture Partners Dallas
In gratitude to Something Good Consulting Group, Wright Connatser PLLC, and FWD>DFW together with The Dallas Morning News.