Extend the Moratorium on Evictions in Coconino County

Extend the Moratorium on Evictions in Coconino County

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Sarah Bosch started this petition to Elected Officials of Coconino County and

The COVID-19 public health crisis has wrought incredible destruction on our country, killing hundreds of thousands of people, rendering millions of others unemployed, and stretching social services to the limit. In these trying times (and at all times), it is both unethical and a public health hazard for anyone to lose their home. For this reason, we are urging public officials of Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff to work in collaboration towards these goals:

  1. There is no end in sight for the pandemic. Therefore, the MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS MUST BE EXTENDED until the pandemic is under control.
  2. Likewise, FLAGSTAFF WATER SERVICES, APS, and UNISOURCE must keep in effect the SUSPENSION OF UTILITY CUT-OFFS until the pandemic is under control.
  3. While the moratorium prevents evictions until the start of 2021, it does not prevent property owners from filing evictions. Public officials must EXPUNGE ALL EVICTIONS FILED DURING THE PANDEMIC.
  4. Public agencies have the capacity to provide direct relief to tenants of public housing. Those families must be protected from eviction. Outstanding rental debt—including utility payments—should be immediately forgiven, and future rental payments must be reduced to zero for the duration of the pandemic.
  5. Lack of legal representation is a chronic problem disenfranchising renters. All defendants facing an eviction must be provided the option of a government-sponsored or state-appointed attorney.
  6. Our local government must work with our representatives in Congress to obtain sufficient funding from the federal government to help pay rental costs, and they must create an efficient program that provides these payments directly to landlords.

Early forecasts project thousands of evictions in Coconino County over the next few months. Failure to take decisive action during this crisis, as outlined above, will devastate communities, destroy families and lives, and demonstrate incompetence and unconscionable disregard for human life within our public institutions. We, the undersigned, implore decision makers to execute the above actions, in full, before the December expiration of the federal eviction moratorium mandate.

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