In the coming weeks some people in the state of Texas and other states will start losing their shelter. These people have been hit hard by COVID-19, and now their situation will go from grim to unimaginable. If ever there was a time for a basic universal income in the United States the time would be now. In some cases, jobs go hand in hand with shelter. Getting a job depends on location, money, availability and transportation. If just one of those four items are found lacking, it diminishes the possibility for the applicant to advance.
Not only does it diminish the possibility for advancement, but it also creates other problems such as neglect charges being filed, mental health concerns, and safety. It was always difficult to investigate neglect charges due to poverty. In some cases we would be able to redirect people to shelters, food pantries, help supply money for rent, but now a lot of those places are hurting for funding. My fear as an ex investigator, domestic violence advocate, and mental health worker is that we are now moving into dangerous territory. Truth be told, we have been there for a while.
If cities allow evictions to continue when we are facing such unforgiving hardships, we will see spikes across the board in all sectors of abuse. We already know since the shelter in place started there were spikes in domestic violence, well if homeless trends start to pop up people will then be forced into unsafe living conditions. Homeless shelters can be extremely dangerous for people with young children and for women. They are often targeted by sex traffickers and other forms of scams. Child abuse will also increase as it often does is stressful situations.
Some of the people might be lucky enough to have family willing to take them in, but not everyone has family. In some states that are still allowing their residents to draw unemployment, they will be able to see more stability due to those funds. However, states like Texas will have to be very careful in the upcoming months due to the restrictions placed on unemployment benefits. While some of these people might be able to return to work, their hours will not look like they did six months ago. If you are a worker that gets paid by the hour, this could very well be the question of job stability.
So, this is what opening looks like in Texas. It is a momentarily fix for the state, but a potential downfall for the individuals caught between the virus’s aftermath and transition. If you need more information on how to stop or how to get help with an eviction please read the article below. https://www.kxan.com/investigations/texas-supreme-court-allows-evictions-to-resume-this-week-but-many-renters-are-still-protected/ There might be help for you or someone you know.