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Parker Burns Featured on NPR Regarding Pro Bono Representation of Tenant Infected by COVID-19 Now Facing Eviction, Loss of Extra Unemployment Benefits

Bell Nunnally Associate Parker A. Burns is featured in the NPR story “'Tsunami' Of Evictions Feared As Extra $600 Unemployment Payments End.” The piece explores the impact of the sun setting on an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits on July 31. These benefits were initiated as part of the federal government’s initial relief response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Burns represents pro-bono a Dallas resident who lost her job as a home health aide shortly after the pandemic was declared and then went on to contract the illness. A single mom caring for a disabled teenage son (who also contracted COVID-19), she is currently recovering while facing eviction proceedings. 

Burns comments on the confusion surrounding COVID-19 and evictions, as different cities and states have different rules, “It has left many tenants in the dark about their rights. Tenants should contact local attorneys, tenants' association, and check their local government websites if they are facing an eviction."

To read and listen to the story, please click here.