Some Webb County residents are closer to facing lawsuits from their dealings with the Community Action Agency. According to the County Attorney, the 78 homes that are still waiting for payment may be on the hook for costs of home improvements. Ana Cavazos Ramirez says only about 10 percent of those 78 homes have the proper paperwork and are considered eligible for the weatherization program. The contractors that worked on those homes will be paid for their work. Many of the homes have incomplete applications or no application at all and these people will be forced to fill out all the necessary paperwork.
"After that's done, then the C.A.A. will determine whether these people were eligible on the date the work was done on their home, not today. It will have to go back in time to the date the application should have been done and the work should have been done."
The homes that do not qualify will be forced to pay for the work done out of their own pocket. The County Attorney says they will proceed with civil lawsuits to get their money since the state will not be refunding any of the $400,000 still owed to contractors.