October 22, 2021

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Evictions set pressure on tenants and regulation enforcement: “I just want to bust out crying”

San Antonio, Texas — It is really a silent early morning, but it is really about to get loud. Even with a federal ban, evictions have been allowed to continue on in San Antonio — but there are less constables to do the psychological and often chaotic career of telling people to depart their properties. 

“It’s a large amount much more delicate and hazardous simply because persons are stressed out,” mentioned Bexar County Deputy Laura Valencia. 

On the day CBS News followed Valencia and her group, Bexar County constables were evicting a tenant who may possibly be armed. 

There have been about 18,000 evictions submitted because March 2020 in Bexar County, according to the constable’s business. The place of work expects the amount to improve by three to 5 instances the moment the Centers for Disorder Handle and Avoidance ban is lifted. 

Maria Elena Garcia, an 84-year-old landlord, has been striving to evict her tenant for non-payment for a few several years. “This was a pleasant spot. This is not good no additional,” Garcia mentioned. “I don’t like this mess.” 

Valencia, who has been undertaking her position for 15 a long time, reported balancing the landlord’s needs with the tenant’s is a “delicate area.” 

“It was tense mainly because you do have compassion in direction of the tenants because they’ve misplaced work. And you want to try to enable them as a great deal as you can, and at the same time do your work,” Valencia reported. “The tricky section is just viewing the families, that you have to explain to them, you know, we have offered you the 24 several hours to vacate currently. We’re just, we are hoping to do our career and execute them and be good to the landlord as properly, due to the fact you can find compassion towards them as perfectly.” 

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Deputy Laura Valencia retains look at as crews crystal clear an condominium where by a tenant was evicted. 

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Michelle Medina and Josh Barkley know the ache of eviction. The 28-yr-old couple has 6 kids. They were evicted two months immediately after Medina gave delivery. 

“I was fearful. I was crying consistently, hoping to determine out, Ok, I claimed, in which are we heading to go? And if we could remain with each other,” Medina mentioned. 

Barkley, who has been doing the job due to the fact he was 16, shed his painting job that compensated $18 an hour due to the pandemic. “I’m barely controlling to get back again on my feet,” he claimed. 

For the previous month, they have been living with much more than 120 other folks at a Salvation Military unexpected emergency shelter. Barkley does odd employment but has not been in a position to safe a whole-time job. Medina is ready for her young children to go to daycare so she is ready to work. 

“My kids, you know, which is the only beneficial end result that I have. My times could be very long, but I will not imagine it issues just as lengthy as they are Ok,” Barkley reported. “You will find time I just want to bust out crying, you know, but I really don’t. It really is agonizing for a person to even keep that substantially ache inside of due to failure in daily life in areas. At the finish of the day, I just continue to be focused on my kids. Any man’s dream is to have a loved ones and what makes me happy is that I am listed here, as a dad, a father.” 

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Michelle Medina and Josh Barkley rejoice their son’s third birthday at the Salvation Army shelter. 

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At the shelter, there has been an boost in families who lost employment mainly because of the pandemic, explained Roxanne Ponce, the shelter plan supervisor at the Salvation Military. 

“The homeless populace that we’re looking at coming in for the reason that of the results of evictions is an common, daily person. It truly is people that appear and work just the way you and I do. This is a very first for numerous. We’re dealing with family members who know what it is to maintain the career down,” Ponce mentioned. 

Barkley and Medina’s young children know income is limited. The couple managed to help save more than enough to get chocolate cupcakes for their son’s third birthday. As they try to have a standard celebration, 1 of their children delivers a drawing property from college — a photograph of the family in a property. 

“That is what we want,” Barkley reported. “We do have to have a household and we are likely to get one particular.” 


This tale is portion of “CBS Evening News” collection In Depth, which usually takes a further look at the stories in the headlines.