The following helpful resoures have been grouped for tenants in Tarrant County. They provide useful information and reference material regarding your search for quality housing and your rights as a tenant.
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The following information is provided by the City of Fort Worth and by the Texas Young Lawyers Association as a guide to the general rights and responsibilities of the tenant and landlord in various situations.
“If you plan to terminate your lease, withhold rent, repair and deduct, use your deposit for rent, sue your landlord, or take other serious action based on what you have read in the Property Code or these handbooks, please consult an attorney or tenant association to ensure all the legal requirements have been met. These handbooks do not address every consideration that may be applicable in a given situation.”
- City of Fort Worth – http://www.fortworthgov.org/codecompliance/info/?id=29046
- State of Texas – Tenant Rights Handbook
For more information on tenant rights, please visit the Eviction Prevention page of the TCHC website.
Go Section 8
Go Section 8 is an online property listing service and rent reasonableness provider. Landlords list their available rental properties on the company’s website, and potential tenants can search for housing by rent amount, zip code, number of bedrooms/baths and other criteria. In addition to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s website, you can locate affordable housing on Go Section 8.
Remember, if you are not on the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) program, you will need to remain within the 30% income limits of your program.
For Your Information:
- The Consumer Council is a leadership group of homeless and former homeless individuals who help communicate to members of TCHC on behalf of the homeless population in Tarrant County. To contact a member, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Share your concerns about how we can improve housing and/or case management services being provided in the community. We want to hear from you.
- Project WISH provides regular hiring events and other career development opportunities. Contact your case manager if you would like to know more about this program.
- If you have outstanding surcharges with DPS that may be keeping you from getting your driver’s license, talk to your case manager about the Amnesty Program immediately. There may be help! There is an April deadline, so contact them today!
- FWHA OFFERS COMPUTER CLASSES. Learn to create, edit, print, and save professional documents with the basics of Microsoft Word at the Beginner’s Basic Computer classes. Computer Basic classes are on Monday & Wednesday from 10 AM – 12 PM. Beginning Microsoft Word classes are on Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM – 12 PM. If interested, contact Rhonda McCarty at 817-333-3522 or Kecia Vickers at 817-333-3524.
- EARN WELL, a partnership of Catholic Charities, United Way of Tarrant County, and The Women’t Center of Tarrant County, offers FREE skills training for residents of Tarrant County who are working but earning under $50,000 a year. Call Robbie at 817-927-4050 for more information.
- Resources in Tarrant County – Dial 211 and/or visit www.TarrantCares.org
- PROJECT LINK exists to partner with clients who have a history of chronic homelessness, mental health, and/or substance abuse issues. If you are eager to set and reach goals to improve your current situation, they would love to have you participate in their program. Contact Cheryl Bushnar at 682-429-8490 or at email@example.com.