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The Brief: Eviction Threat Targets Dallas' Poorest Neighborhoods

The city is working on plans to help those affected.

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Hundreds of Dallas families in the city's poorest neighborhoods may become homeless following a threat from a real estate company to evict tenants at 305 rental houses.

The landlord, HMK Ltd., said the closures would come as a result of five pending lawsuits from the city over living conditions in its houses. Although the city asked for court orders in August that would’ve forced the company to comply with housing standards, tenants told WFAA that their homes had leaks and extensive damages.

In a statement, the city said it’s not forcing the company to close its doors to its current residents, and that “HMK would not need to close so many dwellings had it properly maintained them.”

As the Tribune’s Brandon Formby reports, Dallas struggles with an existing homeless crisis and some of the nation’s worst poverty rates. However, officials are putting together a team to figure out how to help affected residents. In a statement to the Tribune, Mayor Mike Rawlings said, “Our office will do everything we can to ensure that HMK tenants are not put out on streets.”

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