Houston couple faces eviction notice amid coronavirus pandemic

HOUSTON – For Keyon Dixon, the springtime usually means the bookings are plentiful.

Dixon is the frontman of Kenyon and the Zydeco Masters, a Houston-based Zydeco band. But due to the global health emergency, Dixon and his wife Melva House has had to cancel over two dozen gigs.

"Right now is our busiest time of the year, and due to the (coronavirus), we are all shut-in," he said.

Dixon has a day job, and Melva books and manages brands in the area.

Now that the music has stopped, so has the extra income that has allowed the couple to make ends meet.

"I do receive benefits from my other job, but it doesn't cover my rent," Dixon said. "I make most of my money playing Zydeco music. I'm a working musician."

Dixon and his wife have lived at The Edge at Independence Heights on the north side of Houston for years. The couple was not able to come up with the full amount of rent for April. Melva said she spoke with the office management on April 2 about a discount or extension for the rent.

By April 7, a notice had been placed on their front door, requiring them to pay up or get out by April 13.


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