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Coronavirus Evictions

28 petitions

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Petition to Roy Cooper

NC Gov. Cooper needs to suspend all rents & mortgages during the continuing COVID19 crisis

** 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.  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. Most people are out of work, or have greatly reduced hours, and are 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 also needs to be a total pause on mortgage and rent payments in NC., since suspending foreclosures and evictions 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 Rent & Utility Moratorium on May 30, 2020, but homeowners still need mortgage protection. Since many have very little-0 income right now, current demands for mortgage payments - without any care towards homeowners (or their renters, if they have them) 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.  Furthermore, expected post-crisis demands of accrued payment debt(s) or penalties (when the crisis has abated) by banks/lenders and landlords, plus unfair and unliveable raises in rent (discussed below), will cause massive widespread homelessness and suffering. It will also bring forth undue and overwhelming floods of people into Assistance Agencies, which will strangle our state's assistance capabilities. Rent amounts are already way out of control (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 on NChousing.org (check out 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. Now is the time to ensure ALL Carolinians can "Stay Safe". 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.  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-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 mortgage & rent 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 the crisis has abated. This will protect ALL North Carolinians. We are all in this together. Thank you. 

Angel Kristine
1,160 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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.

VOICE Arlington
3,399 supporters
This petition won 2 months 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
1,893 supporters