While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.
She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.
“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at its highest threat level — red — meaning that the spread is still at too high a rate for us to advise residents to gather in groups.”