Petition to Jared Polis, Colorado Governor, Colorado State Senate, Colorado State House
Colorado COVID-19 Housing Relief
As businesses shut down and patrons leave their homes less frequently, gig economy, tip-based, hourly, and 1099 workers' incomes have begun to suffer greatly from the COVID-19 outbreak. This petition is in order to compel governor Jared Polis to pass an executive order that will place a moratorium on all rent, mortgage, utilities, and loan payments as well as evictions and foreclosures in the state of Colorado until the national emergency declared over the Coronavirus has been lifted. In the past week ski areas, venues, and school districts have shut down, leaving many hourly workers without any source of income. The CDC has recommended gatherings of fifty or more be canceled for the forthcoming eight weeks, this will only further impact workers as it will lead to the closures of many restaurants, bars, and other service industry workplaces. Without a moratorium on rent, mortgage, utilities, and loan payments and if evictions and foreclosures were allowed to continue, many people and families will be impacted financially by taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Petition to Roy Cooper
NC Gov. Cooper needs to suspend all rents & mortgages during the continuing COVID19 crisis
Governor Cooper, Thank you for your hard work in this time of worldwide crisis. Millions of North Carolinians are being impacted by the COVID - 19 outbreak and the continued rise in COVID19 cases in NC. Your May 30th Moratorium has expired. You repeatedly say in your live conferences: "stay HOME stay SAFE", but most of your constituents are still out of work or have greatly reduced hours and income and are UNable to make their housing payments and/or meet banks/lenders and landlord's demands for current/past due debt, and are living under imminent threat of UNsafe conditions and homelessness. There needs to be a total OPEN ENDED pause on mortgage and rent payments in NC. , since suspending foreclosures and evictions temporarily DOES NOT wholly or SAFELY protect NC citizens from COVID19 related losses and struggles - neither now or after the crisis has abated. You enacted a temporary Rent & Utility Moratorium on May 30, 2020, but homeowners and renters still need protection since the Moratorium has EXPIRED! Many of your constituents have very little-0 income right now and current demands for mortgage and rent payments, without any care towards homeowner's or renters safety and security of having shelter during this Pandemic, is causing much undue strain and stress on NC citizens and is potentially putting them into deadly harms way. Demands of accrued payment debt(s) or penalties by banks/lenders and landlords, plus unfair, unreasonable and unliveable raises in rent (discussed below) & massive Eviction filings with our courts, are causing widespread UNSAFE homelessness and suffering. Current and post-COVID19 crisis demands also bring forth undue and overwhelming floods of people into Assistance Agencies, strangling our state's assistance capabilities. Rent amounts are already way out of control and have been for years (CA. rent amounts in an area where min.wage is over $4 LESS, with NO % & time-limit cap to keep landlords from grossly exceeding NC's cost of living) as described and graphed on NChousing.org (note how many hours someone has to work to afford just their rent, & the % per county of COST BURDENED citizens!). Homeowners are raising their already astronomical rents to ludicrous, UNLIVEABLE amounts to make up for their income losses due to the COVID19 crisis, in order to ensure THEY continue to have safe shelter &/or future rental income. You must see how they are all connected because you did enact the May 30th Moratorium, but now is the time to ensure ALL Carolinians CAN, as you say, "Stay HOME & Stay Safe" without ANY fear for their safety, security and health. We are all suffering in the same manner: loss and lack of income with little-no relief, massive delays on Unemployment claims, half-of-normal-income Unemployment payments, College/University closings/cancellations which is causing students to leave their rentals ('break their lease(s)"), plus limited number of CARES Package ("stimulus") payments to be received for each individual (ie: one-time payment vs. multiple payments) and MASSIVE DELAYS of the current CARES Package payments. SOME of your constituents NEVER RECEIVED A STIMULUS thanks to fancy loophole wording without care to *EVERY* US citizen No matter how you look at it, each NC citizen's income - young and old - has been drastically slashed and their lives dramatically changed. With the statewide Stay-HOME-Stay-Safe Phase-2 advisory in effect - "HOME" (shelter) being the operative word - it is imperative we protect the people in this time of need. Govenor Cooper, we thank you for your leadership and ask that you IMMEDIATELY enact an OPEN ENDED MORATORIUM suspending Mortgage & Rent (& utility) payments during this CONTINUING COVID19 crisis, with stipulation that there will be no penalties levied or demands for accrued debt (interest; mortgage or rent payments) at any time after you have officially declared the crisis to be over and there is no more danger from the COVID19 Virus. This will protect ALL North Carolinians, your constituents, now and after the crisis has abated. We are all in this together. Thank you. **UPDATE: 8/5/2020** Gov. Cooper announced continuing in Phase 2 and said multiple times, "Stay HOME stay SAFE". We canNOT stay HOME if we do not have one, thanks to the May 30, 2020 Rent, Mortgage & Utility Moratorium being EXPIRED! We STILL NEED PROTECTION with an OPEN ENDED MORATORIUM that extends relief until the crisis is DECLARED to be OVER! Sign and SHARE this petition ASAP to LET OUR GOVERNOR KNOW that his CONSTITUENTS are STILL SUFFERING and IN DANGER of COVID19!!! November IS NOT THAT FAR OFF, GOVERNOR! Either you care, or you don't. ** UPDATE 7/1/2020 ** Please read the recent Updates, posted separately & below the Petition, for fantastic news & more information! Edited Petition to reflect May's small victory
Petition to Arlington County Board
Ensure Arlington County Residents Are Not Evicted due to COVID-19
(Texto en español a continuación) English: Over the last few days, VOICE has heard disturbing stories about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic from our Arlington community: Cancelled jobs and reduced work shifts for hourly, undocumented, and small-business workers Rising food and other staple prices in the face of immediate demand A growing sense of desperation about how to pay the rent and provide for families No member of our community should go hungry or be evicted from their homes due COVID-19. No member of our community should have to choose between basic survival and protecting community health. The County, in its own words, “committed to helping its residents to the extent possible" during the government shutdown; it can help its most vulnerable residents now. These are not "one-off" stories - over 40% of the county's renters are already considered "rent burdened", meaning they are at incredibly high risk of being evicted in the event of a work stoppage. Federal and state relief may come too late for these populations. We call on the County to act now to help by taking these critical actions: Place a moratorium on factors that put families at risk, such as all evictions, and utilities shutoffs, for the next 90 days Allocate additional FY 2020 emergency assistance for rent supplements, utilities bills, and other forms of assistance needed to help tide families over during this crisis; Relax limits on eligibility for assistance during this emergency period so that, for example, families don't fall through the cracks because of prior receipt of assistance; Immediately convene a meeting of County, business, and non-profit and faith community leaders, as well as major landlords, to figure out how the County and the private sector can work together to meet the needs of these most vulnerable residents;discuss how to reach residents (in multiple languages and across multiple communications platforms) to inform them about availability of assistance;discuss with landlords a rent grace period during this crisis and other ways to avoid evictions due to job loss as a result of the pandemic. While it presents a unique challenge for local governments, it also is an opportunity to show that Arlington County means what it says in our vision statement about being a diverse and inclusive community in which each person is important. Please sign below to add your name to the petition calling on the Arlington County Board to act urgently to prevent our community members from eviction and hunger due to coronavirus. --------------------------En español---------------------------------- En los últimos días, VOICE ha escuchado historias inquietantes de nuestra comunidad de Arlington como resultado de la pandemia de coronavirus: - los trabajos están siendo cancelados - se reducen los turnos de trabajo, - aumento de los alimentos y otros precios básicos que dificultan el mantenimiento de las familias - una creciente sensación de desesperación sobre cómo pagar el alquiler Muchos de estos miembros de la comunidad son indocumentados, trabajan para empresas muy pequeñas que no tienen la capacidad de mantenerlos o ser partícipes en la economía de los negocios pequeños sin beneficios. Todos son trabajadores críticos para nuestra economía aquí en Arlington. Estas no son historias "únicas": más del 40% de los inquilinos del condado ya se consideran "recargados por el alquiler", lo que significa que tienen un riesgo increíblemente alto de ser desalojados en caso de un paro laboral. Ningún miembro de nuestra comunidad debería pasar hambre o ser desalojado de sus hogares debido a covid-19. VOICE está pidiendo al Condado que actúe ahora para ayudar. No espere un incentivo que puede o no provenir del gobierno federal o ayuda estatal que, en cualquier caso, no necesariamente llegará a este segmento de la economía. Le pedimos al Condado que tome estas acciones críticas: Coloque una moratoria sobre los factores que ponen en riesgo a las familias, como todos los desalojos, cortes eléctricos, cortes de agua y cortes de internet durante los próximos 90 días. Asignar asistencia adicional de emergencia para el año fiscal 2020 para suplementos de alquiler, facturas de servicios públicos y otras formas de asistencia necesarias para ayudar a las familias durante esta crisis; Reduzca los límites de elegibilidad para recibir asistencia durante este período de emergencia para que, por ejemplo, las familias no se queden atrás debido a la recepción previa de asistencia; Convocar de inmediato una reunión de líderes comunitarios del condado, empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro y de fe, así como los principales propietarios, para averiguar cómo el Condado y el sector privado pueden trabajar juntos para satisfacer las necesidades de estos residentes más vulnerables; discutir cómo llegar a los residentes (en varios idiomas y en múltiples plataformas de comunicaciones) para informarles sobre la disponibilidad de asistencia; Conversar con los propietarios un período de espera de alquiler durante esta crisis y otras formas de evitar los desalojos debido a la pérdida de empleo como resultado de la pandemia. Durante el cierre más reciente del gobierno federal, el Condado dijo que estaba "comprometido a ayudar a sus residentes en la medida de lo posible". Esta crisis es al menos tan grave para muchos residentes y más para nuestros más vulnerables. Si bien presenta un desafío único para los gobiernos locales, también es una oportunidad para demostrar que el Condado de Arlington significa lo que dice en nuestra declaración de visión sobre ser una comunidad diversa e inclusiva en la que cada persona es importante. Firme a continuación para agregar su nombre a la petición que solicita a la Junta del Condado de Arlington que actúe con urgencia para evitar que los miembros de nuestra comunidad sean desalojados por coronavirus.
Petition to Gavin Newsom, California State House, California State Senate, California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Payers
Delay California Property Taxes!
If rents are delayed due to the Covid-19 Emergency, property taxes should be delayed too! Background: On March 4, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency and issued an executive order that allows cities and counties to delay indefinitely rental payments — if local governments vote to do so. Quarantined from rental income, at-risk property owners are not inoculated from paying their property tax payments on time and in full. Property taxes for the first half of 2020 are still due in full by April 10, 2020. Property ownership is not a vaccine against financial distress any more than a tenancy is. Many a kind-hearted county tax collector may rely on “reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control” when considering a property tax delay. However, such a subjective and tenuous extension (if granted) may only last until June, leaving many property owners dangerously exposed; all on account of a public health crisis they and their tenants had absolutely no control over. If local governments can delay rental payments shouldn't they also be required to simultaneously delay property taxes? Linking the rental payment delay to a similar delay in property tax payments ensures that these emergency actions are truly temporary and will not metastasize into a permanent policy long after we have beaten COVID-19. Request: We hereby request that California Governor Gavin Newsom amend his March 4th executive order such that all local governments who do vote to delay rental payments are also required to delay property taxes. Any temporary local government shortfall could be funded by short-term California State borrowings. During this emergency, we ask Governor Newsom to protect all Californians equally, without bias or prejudice.
Petition to Governor Scott and Vermont Senate and Legislature
Call on the State of Vermont to Postpone Evictions, Cancel Rent, & More During Coronavirus
The Burlington Tenants Union recognizes that COVID 19 is quickly becoming a crisis of international scale. We are deeply concerned that tenants are going to be disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. Many people will be asked to self-quarantine until the crisis is over. Quarantine requires safe housing and the economic resources to stay put. In this light, we demand the state of Vermont take the following actions to support tenants throughout the state: - House all homeless/houseless people. Quarantine requires housing. - Eviction freeze. Evicting people during this crisis will only fuel the crisis - Rent-free living until the crisis is over. Many tenants will not be seeing a paycheck as businesses close. We demand that workers not suffer during this crisis due to rent. - Free utilities during the crisis. - An immediate remediation to all properties with known code enforcement violations. - Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, face masks and hand sanitizer for all tenants who need it during the crisis.