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Ak Governor Mike Dunleavy: Suspend Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Payments During COVID-19

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To Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy:
As we continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing in preventing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state of Alaska, we must also consider maintaining safe and stable housing for Alaskans a crucial part of these efforts. Housing is vital to public health. There is already a shortage of affordable housing in Alaska; 23% of Alaska renter households are extremely low income, and 72% of those households are severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing expenses.( This means that a large percentage of Alaskans are one paycheck or one missed rent payment away from an eviction or homelessness. 

During a pandemic in which healthcare and economic systems are predicted to become enormously strained, when people are experiencing pay cuts and even job losses due to a downturn in the service economy, and when others are having to call out of work to care for children who cannot go to schools, it is imperative that we ensure that no one loses their housing because of an inability to pay bills. Our food pantries, housing assistance programs, and other non-profit organizations providing related services already function at capacity most of the time; an increase in homelessness during this period would strain our systems beyond capacity as well as contribute to the spread of COVID-19. You cannot maintain social distance if you do not have a home to return to. 
To protect the health, wellbeing, and housing of the community in the State of Alaska, we, the undersigned, call on Governor Mike Dunleavy to act now to do what is necessary to protect our community during this unprecedented time. Specifically, we call for a moratorium on all evictions, foreclosures, and utility cutoffs indefinitely, as well as a suspension of all rent, mortgage and utility payments for the next 2 months, including any late fees associated with missing payments. Similarly, we also call for an expansion of unemployment benefits as well as sick leave and paid time off for Alaskan workers, so that people do not have to make the decision to go to work sick so they don't lose their housing.
We call on you, Governor Mike Dunleavy, to choose the right side of history. Choose the side of the people you represent.

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