At a downtown courtroom, tenants, property managers and lawyers were quietly awaiting their eviction cases when a constable stood up and addressed the room. Before Judge Steve Duble would hear their cases, he explained, there was something they needed to do.
One by one, he introduced representatives from a series of nonprofits. Lone Star Legal Aid was there to provide qualifying tenants with free legal representation. Civic Heart could connect people in the room with occupational training and free food. The Alliance could talk about the emergency rental assistance program.
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