DEAR – Dallas Eviction
Assistance and Resources

Who We Are

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Leadership Class is an annual program that reaches out to young lawyers who want to make a difference in their community. Since 1997, the program has selected approximately 40 young attorneys to participate each year, with the goal of educating the class on issues impacting Dallas residents, community involvement opportunities, and civic engagement through a class project. The DAYL 2020 Leadership Class has chosen to develop project “DEAR – Dallas Eviction Assistance and Resources,” a community outreach initiative aimed at educating and assisting individuals faced with evictions, including those at risk of eviction because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who We Are Helping

Do you live in Dallas-Fort Worth and can’t afford your rent? Are you concerned about being evicted? Have you been notified by your landlord or a court that you are facing eviction proceedings? DEAR is here to help you understand your rights and the eviction process.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ordered a temporary freeze on residential evictions which has been extended until March 31, 2021. Unless extended beyond March 31, 2021, landlords will be permitted to serve eviction notices to tenants who are behind on rent payments. If this includes you, the information below can help you handle the notice and lawsuit process.

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Forms & Instructions:

DEAR Eviction Education Booklet (in English and Spanish)

Answer form instructions and Answer (English)

Answer form instructions and Answer (Spanish)

Filing instructions (English)

Filing instructions (Spanish)

Court conduct instructions (English)

Court conduct instructions (Spanish)

Other Resources:

Legal Resources:

Educational Resources:

Financial Resources:

*Resources with a star may have access to applications for rental assistance or money to help pay rent. Funds are limited and dispersed on first-come-first-served basis.

Thank you to our sponsors without whose assistance we could not have
been able to print and distribute material copies.

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Armstrong Divorce and Family Law

Bell Nunnally

Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton Nerenberg

Gray Reed

Hall Render

McCathern, PLLC

Sheppard Mullin

Spencer Fane LLP

Touchstone Bernays

Thompson Coe


A special thanks to Deaf Mule, Victor Macias, and his wonderful team for creating the video content displayed on this webpage!



Disclaimer: This information and the attachments are legal information. This is not legal advice. Please contact an attorney for legal advice.