In a tightly packed special meeting of City Council, over 100 Dallas Area Interfaith leaders spilled into overflow areas in support of new regulations that would give greater protections to Dallas renters. Leader Ericka Ventura declared the organization's support for proposed regulations that they had helped create, including more frequent inspections, higher standards for air conditioning and water heating, more explicit steps for mold remediation and stiffer penalties for landlords.
Dr. Barry Lachman, Asthma Coalition of Texas president (and leader with Beth Shalom) said he was "appalled" by what he saw in a tour of apartment complexes in the Bachman Lake area.
Rev. Jesus Belmontes of San Juan Diego Catholic Church argued that poor living conditions hurt children the most, asserting that Dallas "has failed its most vulnerable."
There will be a second public briefing before a final vote.