Free Access to and Advice from Legal Counsel

Qualifying tenants are one of the following:
  • Residents with household income at or below (i) 300% of the current Federal Poverty Guideline-based on the most recently published poverty guidelines or (ii) 65% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the county and size of household based on the most recently published data.
  • Priority populations include but are not limited to tenants impacted by COVID-19 .
  • Individuals and households presumed to be “impacted” or “disproportionately” impacted the Covid-19 pandemic.
For program enrollment,
Neighborhood Defender Services at 713-208-5577
Lone Star Legal Aid at 361-35EVICT (3-8428) 
or text "APPLY" for fastest service.

Harris County Eviction Defense Program combats Housing Instability 
by offering easy access to Advisement/Counsel for Eviction Defense. 
Harris County Eviction Defense Program will aid any qualifying tenant who is facing eviction, and is seeking legal advice, the opportunity to meet with an attorney or legal representative at the court where the tenant’s eviction case is held (Justice Court or County Court at Law).
Harris County seeks to maximize the impact of its COVID-19 rental assistance funding by investing in eviction defense legal services for low-income residents. Harris County has had an increased number of evictions, especially for non-payment of rent due to household financial losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Housing instability has lasting negative health and financial impacts on the families losing their homes as well as their communities. During the public health crisis and aftermath, they will continue to support a network of housing legal service providers to meet increased demand through funding for attorneys, paralegals, intake staff, interpretation, community outreach, and programmatic costs associated with these services as well as those costs necessary to ensure the provision of this legal assistance in a safe manner in light of the public health and economic crisis.