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Oct 05

October 5, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #132

Posted on October 5, 2020 at 2:06 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Is there any new information on the Texas Eviction Diversion Program?


Yes. Back on September 25, Governor Abbott announced the allocation of $171 million of federal CARES Act funding for rental assistance and the Texas Eviction Diversion Program (TEDP). The TEDP is a voluntary program that allows landlords and tenants to agree to resolve eviction lawsuits. TEDP funds may be used for up to five months of past-due rent payments, and for up to six months of future rent payments.


The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently announced some new details on the program. The first phase of the TEDP is a pilot program in which $3.3 million is allocated to subrecipients covering 20 counties. The pilot program will help inform the statewide program, which is expected to begin in CDGB entitlement communities by the end of the year, and CDBG non-entitlement communities by early 2021.


What is the status of Governor Abbott’s recent proclamation relating to the delivery of mail ballots in-person?


Given the number of legal battles involving voting during the pandemic, it should come as no surprise that within 24 hours of the governor’s October 1 proclamation restricting where mail ballots can be delivered in-person, two separate lawsuits were filed against him in federal district court. Both lawsuits contend that the governor’s proclamation limiting the delivery of completed mail-in ballots to one designated location in the county is an unconstitutional burden on the fundamental right to vote and is discriminatory.


With early voting set to begin on October 13, these lawsuits are expected to be resolved quickly. Stay tuned.


Further Updates


Where can I access a summary of the key topics you’ve covered in these Updates?


TML staff launched these Coronavirus Updates in mid-March when our cities started feeling the effects of COVID-19. We know it’s hard to digest it all, so we’re offering a comprehensive update at the TML Virtual Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 14 at 1:30 p.m. Scott Houston, TML Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, will lead the discussion, and will be joined by Assistant General Counsels Christy Drake-Adams, Amber McKeon-Mueller, and Evelyn Njuguna.


Register here to hear this presentation and view more than 30 other TML Annual Conference sessions related to recovery and resilience.


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.