San Antonio Housing Authority to suspend non-criminal evictions

San Antonio – In a series of moves meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Antonio Housing Authority laid out several precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions and keep non-criminal tenants in their homes for public housing and Beacon mixed-income housing. In an announcement on the its website, the SAHA Executive Team listed several actions that will take effect on Monday, March 16. Suspension of Notices to Vacate and lease violationsSuspension of evictions for non criminal activitySuspension of transfers, move-ins, move-outsSuspension of routine work ordersSuspension of housekeeping inspectionsSuspension of food distributionsSuspension of late feesSuspension of all resident activities to include Resident Council and Youth ActivitiesClosure of all property management offices and community rooms; residents should email or callFor residents at elderly communities, Metro Health will allow food to be taken into their unitsEmergency work orders will require additional troubleshooting via phone callsExisting repayment agreements will be extendedRecertification deadlines will be extendedRent payments should be made either online or by mailVisitors for social purposes, especially at elderly properties, are discouraged; Medically-related visitors and caregivers may continue to visit residentsPest control services will be conducted on the exterior of buildings and common areasPest control services will temporarily be suspended in residents unitsAccording to their website, SAHA provides housing assistance to more than 65,000 children, adults and seniors through its Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher and Mixed-Income housing programs. The Agency also has 525 employees with an annual operating budget of $186 million.