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Legal & Community Resources During COVID-19


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Court YouTube Channels

470th District Court
394th District Court
Fifth District Court of Appeals
Texas Supreme Court

Legal Resources

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
DVAP assists low-income people in Dallas County with civil legal needs. All regular DVAP intake clinics have been canceled through September 30, 2020. Click here to fill out a form for a DVAP Virtual Clinic, offered weekly.

Dallas Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The Dallas Bar Association Lawyer Referral service can refer you to a Dallas area attorney (includes Collin County). For a $20 fee, the attorney will meet with you for 30 minutes to discuss your legal matter. If you and the attorney decide to work together after the initial consultation, you and the attorney can negotiate a fee agreement. 

Police, Fire, and Medical Personnel Planning Forms

Pro Bono Help if You Get an Eviction Notice

Pro Bono Texas
Please visit https://probonotexas.org/covid for more information about COVID-19 pro bono volunteer opportunities with legal aid and pro bono providers across Texas. Pro bono volunteers can sign up to volunteer at https://probonotexas.org/sign-volunteer. You may also submit training/educational resources to share on the Pro Bono Texas library here

STEER
Stability Tools for Employment and Economic Resilience, is an advisory program that seeks to assist young lawyers and recent graduates with employment and career stability following the outbreak of COVID-19. If you have been furloughed, are concerned you might be or are just starting your career and are finding it difficult to land employment, this program will connect you with Dallas’ most experienced and well connected lawyers who will be available in an advisory capacity to help you navigate a difficult market and changing times. Click here to learn more or to sign up.

Texas Law Help
Texas Law Help provides legal information and forms for various legal issues, including family, housing, veterans, and disaster relief. Click here for Texas Law Help's Guided Forms page. 2020 Disaster Manual can be found here.

Community Resources

General Notices:
CARES Act Cheat Sheet for Texas Justice Courts
Addressing Family Violence During COVID-19 
CARES Act provisions -Eviction Moratorium
CARES Act - Texas Map
COVID-19 Community Resources Region 3East
Dallas Resident Resource Guide - EnglishSpanish
https://dallascityhall.com/Pages/Corona-Virus.aspx
https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
HHS Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Small Business Continuity Fund FAQs (English/Spanish)
SMU Legal Helpline Flyer. Click here for more information.
https://texaslawhelp.org/article/coronavirus-covid-19
Texas Legal Services Center has been working on the Eviction Answer Toolkit with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. It is now live on the TexasLawHelp website. You can find it at https://texaslawhelp.org/toolkit/covid-19-eviction-answer-toolkit.
Texas WFH Reopening Alert
What Consumers Need to Know About Fraud During COVID-19
https://wingsdallas.org/covid19/covidresources/
List of Additional Community Resources 

Mortgage or Housing Assistance:
LANWT Rental Assistance ALL by Office
LANWT Rental Assistance ALL by County
TexasLawHelp CDC’s Moratorium on Evictions
Tenant Declaration CDC Eviction Order
Declaración Por Paro Temporal De En Desalojos
CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. Declaration form.
U.S. Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners
DCHHS announces re-opening of Emergency Housing Assistance Program for Dallas County Residents
Texas Law Help COVID-19 Eviction Answer Toolkit
Texas Law Help COVID-19 Eviction Answer Checklist
County judges will delay new evictions for not paying rent until August (July 3, 2020)
DCHHS announces Emergency Housing Assistance Program for Dallas County Residents 
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their single-family moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until at least August 31, 2020
Rental or Mortgage Assistance FAQ (English/Spanish)
LANWT Eviction Flowchart - English
LANWT Eviction Flowchart Spanish
Landlord/Tenant and Eviction during COVID-19

Veterans Assistance
Department of Veterans Affairs benefits/relief available

Organizations Offering Assistance:
Catholic CharitiesCatholic Charities Food DistributionEssential Emergency Assistance
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas Emergency Housing Assistance
National Consumer Law Center

Employment Related Help:
Know Your Employment Rights* During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Video on Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19

Interviews with Community Leaders
Interview with Dr. Brian Williams Regarding COVID-19
Interview with DBA Past President Rob Crain and Rev. Richie Butler Regarding COVID-19