Housing advocates are pushing for continued protections to ensure people will not lose their homes if they fell ill with COVID-19 or lost jobs in the pandemic’s economic fallout [Ross D Franklin/AP Photo]
Last month, as the coronavirus was surging in Houston, recently unemployed hospital secretary Ramzan Boudoin got more bad news: She had six days to vacate her apartment for failing to pay the rent.
A Texas ban on evictions had enabled Boudoin to keep the two-bedroom place she shared with her daughter and granddaughter while she searched for another job. But that moratorium expired on May 18.
The landlord took legal action and Boudoin could not come up with $2,997 plus interest to settle the judgement.
So this month, 46-year-old Boudoin packed her family into