Tenants who live in more than a hundred shabby rental houses in West Dallas will have an early day in court on Friday. They are due to be forced out of their homes in exactly one month, as the result of a fight between the city and their landlord, HMK Ltd.
The fight began last fall, and in the ensuing months it’s become obvious the residents, most of whom pay about $400 a month in rent, have nowhere to go.
On Wednesday they delivered a letter signed by seventy residents to Judge Ken Molberg of the 95th district court asking for an extension on the deadline to move out. Molberg was scheduled to hear the case on May 22nd.
The letter read:
In March, Catholic Charities of Dallas got a $300,000 grant from the city’s economic development office to help families relocate. Catholic Charities surveyed the neighborhood, but so far it says it has only been able to help eight families. Only a few of those have been relocated.
The tenants voiced their distress in their letter to Judge Molberg.
Khraish Khraish, an owner of HMK, says he is selling 100 West Dallas lots to Habitat for Humanity. Although Habitat’s homes are low priced, they are still out of financial reach for most West Dallas tenants.
Neighborhood residents say the few comparably-priced rental units suggested for them are as far away as Ft. Worth or Duncanville, which is unacceptable.