Last week, one Houston family received national attention after CNN ran a story breaking down how Deputy Bennie Gant of the Harris County Constable's Office served eight court-ordered eviction notices in one day. The story showed Israel Rodriguez, 24, his wife and two children, ages 4 and 20 months, being evicted from their Houston-area apartment.
Rodriguez told CNN he was several hundred dollars behind on rent payments after losing his job amid the coronavirus pandemic. The family left behind most of their belongings, taking only children's clothes and snacks in a stroller to a local hotel.
Harris County Constable Precinct One Foundation later set up a GoFundMe page to help support the family. It raised $228,340 in just four days. A separate GoFundMe page set up by former Houston teacher Patrick Tarnowski also raised more than $67,000.