Topic

Coronavirus Evictions

28 petitions

Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Mayor Ginther and Columbus City Council

ACTION NOW: Eviction Freeze for Columbus, OH

Ohio is in the midst of a public health crisis, which will exponentially compound the housing crisis here in Franklin County. The Ohio Department of Health grimly reported on March 12 that over 100,000 Ohioans likely carry the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. That number will potentially double every six days. In Franklin County, where nearly one in six people live in poverty, the public health threat posed by COVID-19 also represents a dire economic threat. Without paid sick leave or job protections, many thousands of people in central Ohio — and throughout the state — must choose between protecting the health of their families, neighbors, and themselves or preserving their livelihoods. When working people are forced to take unpaid leave or lose their job by staying home, the loss of income is devastating. This economic impact can easily lead to eviction and utility shut-off.  Eviction and homelessness dramatically worsen the impact of COVID-19. While Governor DeWine has declared a state of emergency, acted quickly to shut down public events, and encouraged social distancing, Columbus and the state of Ohio must act now to ensure that no Ohioan faces residential displacement as a result of this public health crisis. We call upon the Columbus Mayor, City Council, and Sheriff Baldwin to immediately freeze rents and institute a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

Columbus Tenants' Union
15,475 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Roy Cooper

NC Governor Cooper needs to suspend all rents & mortgages statewide during COVID19 crisis

Governor Cooper, Thank you for your hard work in this time of worldwide crisis. Millions of North Carolinians will be impacted by the COVID - 19 outbreak. People will be out of work and unable to make their housing payments. While evictions and foreclosures have been suspended nationwide for the time being, as President Trump stated in his COVID19 News Conference on 3/18/20, there should also be a total pause on rent and mortgage payments in our state ASAP. Since many have very little-0 income right now,  post-crisis demands of accrued payment debt(s) or penalties when the crisis has abated will cause widespread homelessness and suffering, not to mention undue overwhelming floods of people to Assistance Agencies. We are all suffering in the same manner: loss and lack of income with little-no relief, massive delays on Unemployment claims, plus limited number of CARES Package ("stimulus") payments to be received for each individual.  No matter how you look at it, each NC citizen's income has been slashed dramatically. With the statewide Stay-At-Home order 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 suspend rent and mortgage payments while our state is under a State Of Emergency during this outbreak, with stipulation that there will be no penalties levied, or demands for accrued debt (interest, mortgage or rent payments) at any time after the crisis has abated.  This will protect ALL North Carolinians. We are all in this together. Thank you. 

Angel Kristine
492 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

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.  

James Fenkner
1,691 supporters