SAN ANTONIO -- A local family said they have been forced to live out of their car. They were getting help from the San Antonio Housing Authority but said their landlord cheated them.
The Rivas family said they are not only stuck living in their car but also stuck in a government mess.
"Well, naturally it breaks my heart," Randy Rivas said.
When the Rivas family thinks of Home Sweet Home, their SUV is not the place they hoped for.
"We should have never been evicted," said Mr. Rivas. "We should have never been taken off the program."
Randy and Isabel Rivas have four children. A five bedroom home is no longer an option for them. The San Antonio Housing Authority had to cancel their voucher. The family's landlord said the family never paid their half of the rent so he was forced to evict them.
SAHA, on the other hand, said they are caught in the middle.
"Well unfortunately the family didn't comply with the rules," said Melanie Villalobos referring to the eviction. "We have 17,000 other families on the waiting list."
Randy Rivas said they did pay their half. He has asked the League of United Latin American Citizens to step in.
Rivas said since he injured his back about two years ago, he has not been able to work.
"I'm only 34 and I should be able to do everything and especially support my family. Now its like I'm crippled," said Mr. Rivas.
While LULAC hopes to help the family, meantime, they have no choice but to live out their vehicle and pray for a better tomorrow.
"I ran a chord and I got a fan and a light," said Mr. Rivas. "We read the bible and tell stories that's basically it. We just need to find a place as soon as we can."
A LULAC representative said he is working to get the Office of Inspector General to investigate.
UPDATE: KENS 5 received a late phone call from SAHA and said they will get a case manager to reach out to the Rivas family and see if there are other resources out there that may be able to help them.