FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The cost of rent is apparently increasing day by day in North Texas. That, coupled with inflation, creates budget problems for many Texans.
Arlington resident Gwendolyn Mitchell is a non-traditional college student with a husband, but told CBS 11 the money just wasn’t enough to pay for all of their expenses. “We’re just wondering how to make ends meet,” said Mitchell, “We have issues with our utilities and our mortgage and every once in a while we need a little food assistance.”
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Mitchell took refuge at the Mansfield Mission Center where they help people not only pay rent, but also utilities, food and health care.
“Rental needs have increased dramatically due to price increases this year,” said Carmin MacMillan, General Manager of the Mansfield Mission Center. MacMillan said the center has seen a 30-40% increase in the number of people they help this year, distributing more than $ 110,000 as more people are in need.
“Poverty can be hidden in this area, you can’t see it. You don’t have the density. So, so that people can find an organization like ours to be able to access the services here, ”MacMillan added.
In the city of Fort Worth, they’re all on deck taking calls with people in need of rental assistance.
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“We’ve seen an increase in claims over the past two months simply because Texas Rent Relief has shut down its portal, the state portal. So now we are seeing a huge increase and we are working on apps on a daily basis taking phone calls. and it’s been very busy, ”said Terrance Jones, acting director of neighborhood services for Fort Worth.
Jones said they have $ 56 million in federal funds to help them, but thinks the money will likely run out next year. They are asking the federal government for an additional $ 15 million to meet the need.
“We just didn’t think we were going to spend the money that quickly,” Jones added.
If you live in North Texas and need help, call 211 and they can tell you where to get help.
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In Tarrant County, another resource is getrenthelp.com. There you can type in your address to find resources to help you pay rental bills.