EMERGENCY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS IN MICHIGAN

EMERGENCY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS IN MICHIGAN

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PETITION FOR EMERGENCY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS IN MICHIGAN

1. WHEREAS: Pursuant to the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program passed in January 2021, the state of Michigan has received $661 million in federal funds to assist families with rental and eviction assistance during the Covid Assistance;

2. WHEREAS: The Michigan State legislature has yet to release the funds to aid Michigan tenants facing imminent eviction, and is currently debating a proposal to only utilize $211 million of the federal rental assistance dollars despite the fact that unused funds must be returned to the federal government;

3. WHEREAS: The federal Moratorium on Evictions put in place by the Centers for
Disease Control expires on March 31, 2021 meaning that families who have not been able to access rental assistance programs will face immediate eviction on that date;

4. WHEREAS: The Centers for Disease Control has declared that evictions during the Covid pandemic create a health emergency for those evicted and the community at large:

5. WHEREAS: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has the authority to issue an executive order banning evictions in the State of Michigan due to their deleterious effect on the health of the people of the State;

BE IT RESOLVED:

1. We demand that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issues an Executive Order Banning any Evictions for six months after the federal moratorium expires, until at least September 30, 2021;

2. That Governor Whitmer and the Michigan legislature immediately release the $661 million in federal funds pursuant to the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program so they can be used for their intended purpose, for rental and utility assistance.

3. That rents be canceled subject to release of these emergency funds that can be used to reimburse small landlords for their losses.

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