How many pregnant and/or single moms can we tolerate throwing into the street each day? Is this like a water purity test where we can have x parts per million of feces in our water and still drink it with a refreshing gulp? How can we tolerate just one? It’s a level of tolerance I can’t accept. I got a call the other day about a woman who missed her August rent payment. She had COVID and had to quarantine. And because she’s hourly, that meant no sick pay. So the rent money just wasn’t there. She showed up to her eviction hearing - very pregnant; her due date is imminent. She wasn’t even 30 days behind on August rent yet, but here she was…standing before a court hoping she wouldn’t find herself leaving the hospital in early September with no home to where she and her new child could return. Judge Whitfield asked about rent assistance. Two different rent assistance providers were in the court room that day. They both made assurances they could get a check immediately to catch her up. The property manager, however, said in no uncertain terms that they are not participating in any rent assistance programs. Period. The Judge reset the case, instructing the property manager to go ask her bosses if it was true that rent assistance would not be accepted. Because surely no one would would want to evict a single woman about to give birth, especially one that was just mere weeks behind on a single rent payment. When I got this call, I made some inquiries. I was told S2 Residential DID accept rent assistance from Catholic Charoties. Odd…they’re part of the City of Dallas rent assistance collective. Those funds dried up months ago… Almost on queue, I got a text from another tenant at a different property also owned by S2 Residential. He told me he applied for rent assistance. But he got the email I’ve included in this post. The property manager told him - again, while the money was right there - that “my regional has let me know that we are unable to Participate/fill out the rental assistance.” So even though the cash is sitting there ready to help vulnerable tenants, this landlord (and others) are declining that money and choosing instead to evict. I made my inquiries regarding S2 Residential last Friday. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and I wanted to give them the chance to clear this up. They did respond. But the responses I’ve received should be measured in parts per million. In the last 3 weeks, properties in Dallas County owned by S2 Residential have filed 91 evictions. And so far, I have no evidence - at all - to show they are accepting available rent assistance. All evidence is to the contrary. To be transparent, the mom in this case paid all the back rent today. So she’s caught up. Rent is due for September on Thursday, and she’s not sure where that will come from. Likely, not from rent assistance…because S2 Residential apparently isn’t doing that… Do I have your attention, S2? You certainly have mine.