Rent Assistance Program
The working poor have been hit extremely hard by COVID-19 and have found basic needs of food, rent, and utilities stretched to the breaking point.
In April, 70,000 households were unable to pay their rent and with no end in sight these families were facing mass eviction. Chapelwood collaborated with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), Spring Spirit, SBISD, and Communities in Schools (CIS) to call on the Mayor and the City Council to allocate funds for those unable to pay their rent.
In late April, Chapelwood pastors Matt Russell and Joseph Rios of our Iglesia Generaciones community organized a group of residents in Spring Branch and spoke with other faith-based and housing organizations to the City Council to advocate alongside these residents. Initially, the city set aside $15 million for rental assistance. Yet, once it was administered, the funds were gone within 30 minutes. The need was far greater than the resources allocated.
Our Chapelwood collaborative and many other groups in the city have continued to advocate for both rental assistance and for a moratorium of evictions be put in place. To date, the City and County have allocated over $70 million with $25 million coming in early August.
Alongside the activity in the city, Betty Ann Taylor and the Serving Team of Chapelwood have provided $107,000 in rental assistance to families in Spring Branch through Year Round Manna.