Rent and Mortgages
Petition to Mayor Kate Gallego
Support adding shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness in our community.
During the past five years, more than 10,000 individuals were assisted with permanent housing by the Human Services Campus (HSC) which also leads a network of 20 coordinated entry points for single adults in the Valley. In 2019, more than 4,000 individuals accessed services at the other access points and did not come to the Human Services Campus. But even if they did, where would they sleep? One of the biggest challenges is a lack of shelter beds. And, we know that a shelter bed is among the first vital steps to connect people to services to help them off the streets. Expanded regional solutions are the ultimate goal, but we can’t wait. And neither can the 800-1000 people on the campus every day. Men and women living on the streets right now need and want help and people are dying while they wait. Sign this petition to support this critical first step in addressing homelessness in our community.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
90 Day Mortgage & Rent Relief - (Commercial and Residential) - Tenant/Landlord Forgiveness
We, the People, call on our elected leaders to enact a three-month (90 Day) STOP on all payments for office leases, business leases, home rental units, business rental units, home and business mortgages, and auto loans in the form of AUTOMATIC RELIEF (no paperwork). Employers need immediate relief from commercial leases. Landlords and homeowners need immediate assistance from mortgages. Basically, tenants need relief from paying rent, and landlords need relief from paying mortgages. This Petition is providing temporary relief of all payments, through a three-month moratorium, or any other means that can provide immediate assistance to business owners, employers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants that is not a repayment loan. We are asking that all mortgages, on all commercial and residential property, be credited with three-months (3) of monthly payments, with an effective date of April 1, 2020, as a means to immediate relief without causing irreparable harm to both the landlord and the tenant. Any monies already paid will be credited towards the mortgage. We want the AUTOMATIC relief to be paid directly to the loan services companies, without any action required by the landlord and homeowner. The professionals at loan servicing companies and private lenders collect the funds by filing the forms with the government in bulk. Create a relief fund for landlords and lenders to cover the lost rental income and mortgage payments they would have received. In Spanish - En español Nosotros, el Pueblo, pedimos a nuestros líderes electos que promulguen una PARADA de tres meses (90 días) en todos los pagos de arrendamientos de oficinas, arrendamientos comerciales, unidades de alquiler de viviendas, unidades de alquiler de negocios, hipotecas de viviendas y negocios, y préstamos para automóviles en la forma de ALIVIO AUTOMÁTICO (sin papeleo). Los empleadores necesitan un alivio inmediato de los arrendamientos comerciales. Los propietarios y propietarios de viviendas necesitan asistencia inmediata de las hipotecas. Básicamente, los inquilinos necesitan ayuda para pagar el alquiler y los propietarios necesitan ayuda para pagar las hipotecas. Esta petición proporciona alivio temporal de todos los pagos, a través de una moratoria de tres meses, o cualquier otro medio que pueda proporcionar asistencia inmediata a los propietarios de negocios, empleadores, propietarios de viviendas, propietarios e inquilinos que no sea un préstamo de reembolso. Solicitamos que todas las hipotecas, en todas las propiedades comerciales y residenciales, se acrediten con tres meses (3) de pagos mensuales, con una fecha efectiva del 1 de abril de 2020, como un medio de alivio inmediato sin causar daños irreparables a ambos arrendador y el inquilino. Cualquier dinero ya pagado se acreditará a la hipoteca. Queremos que el alivio AUTOMÁTICO se pague directamente a las compañías de servicios de préstamo, sin ninguna acción requerida por el propietario y el propietario. Los profesionales de las empresas de servicios de préstamos y los prestamistas privados recaudan fondos mediante la presentación de formularios al gobierno a granel. Cree un fondo de ayuda para los propietarios y prestamistas para cubrir los ingresos de alquiler perdidos y los pagos de hipoteca que habrían recibido.
Petition to Gavin Newsom
Demand Gov. Newsom Cancel Rents, Mortgages and Provide Aid to the Undocumented
CA. STATEWIDE PETITION TO GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM Governor Gavin Newsom: We the undersigned residents of California, along with the whole population of the United States, are experiencing the most unimaginable and devastating crisis of COVID-19, which no one could realistically have prepared for. As you are aware, millions have lost their jobs, millions more stand to lose their incomes in weeks and months to come. One of the most critical issues is housing. We appreciate that you have instituted the necessary isolation measures statewide early in this crisis, and have issued a suspension of evictions, but it is not nearly enough. Your executive order requires the rent to be paid at some point in the future, when in reality the accumulation of rental debt will be insurmountable given the depth of the crisis. Millions face ruin and homelessness for inability to pay the rent or mortgage. What sounds like an impossible demand — rent and mortgage cancellation — must become a reality because the COVID-19 crisis shows no sign of abating. Already economists predict the economy could reach depression levels that surpass the 1930s; Whereas, housing and utilities are an absolute necessity for every human being, especially during the life-and-death struggle against COVID-19; Whereas, the cost of housing for Californians already consumes 30% to 50% and more of a person’s income, and 40% of the population does not even have $400 for an emergency, according to a Federal Reserve 2019 study; Therefore, we urgently call on you, Governor Newsom, to declare: A statewide cancellation of all rents, mortgages for homeowners, small landlords and small business, for the duration of the Pandemic; No shutoff of gas, electricity and water utilities, the restoration of utilities for households that are currently shut off for lack of ability to pay, no accumulation of debt; Eminent domain over vacant buildings, homes, hotels, all appropriate structures to house the homeless or people in precarious housing situations, including the undocumented and victims of domestic violence; Create a public board to register the undocumented workers in the state, so they can gain immediate economic relief with no reprisals. They are a mainstay of the state's economy, in farm labor and packinghouse work, construction, restaurants, hotels, landscaping, factory, childcare, domestic work and more. They must be granted emergency income or employment until the Pandemic crisis is over. They lack eligibility for the CARES Act relief and other benefits like Social Security or Unemployment, due to Congress’s failure to provide legalization for our brothers and sisters. Many of their children are U.S.-born citizens. This petition is initiated by the Gloria La Riva for President campaign and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. We urge all organizations in California to support the call. If you represent an organization that would like to endorse this petition, please contact us here.
Petition to Western National Property Management, Michael K. Hayde, Cyndy Breit, Rex F. Delong, Laura A Khouri, Jeffrey R. Scott
Anaheim, CA- Immediate Discount on Rent for Monte Verde Apartments
With the onset of COVID-19, many thousands of workers are still on unemployment due to the closures relating to the pandemic. Theme parks, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and other destination type venues have been hit the hardest and many of us are still wondering and stressing how we are going to be able to pay rent. As the government takes a vacation without passing another COVID Relief Bill, they leave hard working Americans depending only on unemployment and struggling to pay bills. For three months the tenants at Monte Verde Apartments were given a 5% discount, only because our amenities were closed. Now we are asked to pay our full amount of rent when we are making a significantly less amount of money. I am proposing that Western National Property Management give the tenants at Monte Verde Apartments a 25% discount on rent until the threat of COVID has been eradicated and we can return to work. It is simply unAmerican to live in fear of not being able to pay rent, or buy food, or pay medical bills during a global pandemic that has been exacerbated by the inaction of our leaders. I am calling on the following Leadership Team Members of the Western National Group to step up and help the struggling tenants of the Monte Verde Apartments: Michael K. Hayde, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office of Western National Group. Cyndy Breit, Senior Vice President of Western National Group. Rex F. Delong, President of Western National Properties. Laura A. Khouri, President of Western National Property Management.
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 Southern Utah University, President Scott L. Wyatt, Cedar City Better Business Bureau, Cedar City Department of Commerce, Mayor Maile Wilson, Stone Brook Apartments, Seasons Apartments, Cascade Springs Apartments, Wedgewood Apartments, College Way Apartments, Stadium Way Apartments, University Suites, Willow Brook Apartments, Aspen Meadow Apartments, Prestige Rental Management, J & E Property Management and Sales, Stress Free Property Management, Palmer House Apartments, Windsor Apartments, City Center Apartments
Reduce Rent in Southern Utah to Reflect the Shorter Semester, Consider COVID Issues
SUU switched to a trimester system, cutting two weeks off the usual semester, yet rent is the same or has increased. Many will also leave after Thanksgiving due to COVID and SUU's schedule, but contracts are not flexible in the least. Fix this mess. Further, The US is in crisis, on the verge of yet another death spiral, and college students are at the brunt of it. An already unstable market has been in distress since the start of the pandemic, and while the wealthy became wealthier, unemployment has reached an all time high. A crash similar to that of the ‘30's is likely; but while corporations and banks are getting billions in bailouts, the people are left to fail (Schulze). CNBC predicts evictions may cause 28 million to go homeless in the next few months, compared to the 10 million homeless during the Great Depression (Nova). College students are at the center of this crisis, and are hit the hardest by unemployment, overpriced tuition, unreasonable rent controlled by the wealthy, and run down apartments. On shoestring budgets, students must pay for rent, food, utilities, debt, and tuition at the minimum. The students of Southern Utah University demand reasonable rent, an end to evictions, housing for the homeless, and an informed city-wide COVID response during this crisis in hopes of alleviating the pressure of a society on the precipice of a crash. If these demands are not met, we will have no choice but to join the nationwide Rent Strike. Unemployment in Utah has skyrocketed during the pandemic as small businesses, restaurants, gas stations, and national parks closed. These jobs are usually filled by college students, who rely on this income for the rest of the year for food and rent. Without this summer income, and with a measly $1200 stimulus check four months ago, students simply do not have enough money to pay for rent, food, utilities, debt, and tuition. One of these expenses has to go. In search of a way to pay for this education, many will drop out or be forced into loans. With a collective $1.65 trillion in student debt, the average student owing $25,900, loans will keep the rising generation of workers poor for years to come (U.S. Student Loan Debt Statistics). This affects college students in every university and in every city. This crisis will not disappear within a year or two, its damages are far reaching. This is the generation of workers meant to continue the American tradition. A free life cannot be fulfilled while in thousands of dollars of debt. This is not freedom, this is servitude. Necessities like mental healthcare, medicine, hospital expenses during a pandemic, car insurance, car payments, childcare, clothing, internet, entertainment, and employment once at SUU have not even been mentioned. Students are becoming aware of their place in the crisis, and in society, the bottom. Southern Utah Univ. students must deal directly with the unemployment, debt, and housing crisis while also poorer than their parents were. This is an outrage. The Students of SUU demand reasonable rent, though rent and mortgages should be cancelled entirely for the duration of the pandemic. Charging today’s already burdened students is wrong as is, the least landlords and banks can do is be mindful of basic human needs. Rent cuts will allow students to pay for healthcare, food, utilities, debt, and tuition. Further, stop evictions and provide housing to the homeless population for the duration of this crisis, the health of the community depends on it. Allow medical professionals and scientists control over the campus and city-wide response to COVID. Landlords and homeowners ought to also refuse to pay mortgages and loans to banks. The corporations get bailouts and the people are left to fail. If these demands are not met, we will join thousands of others in the largest rent strike since the Great Depression. Work Cited: Schulze, Elizabeth. “Financial Analyst Gary Shilling Says the Stock Market Could See a 1930s-like Decline.” CNBC, CNBC, 6 July 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/07/06/gary-shilling-says-the-stock-market-could-see-a-1930s-like-decline.html Nova, Annie. “Looming Evictions May Soon Make 28 Million Homeless in U.S., Expert Says.” CNBC, CNBC, 12 July 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/looming-evictions-may-soon-make-28-million-homeless-expert-says.html “U.S. Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2020.” Student Loan Hero, 27 Feb. 2020, studentloanhero.com/student-loan-debt-statistics/. Lennard, Natasha. “Largest Rent Strike in Nearly a Century Amid Coronavirus Crisis.” The Intercept, 25 Apr. 2020, theintercept.com/2020/04/25/coronavirus-rent-strike-may/.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States Congress Must Act Now: Suspend All Rents & Mortgages due to COVID19 Crisis
Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your hard work in this time of worldwide crisis. Millions of Americans are being critically impacted where HOME SAFETY is concerned, by the deadly COVID19 virus outbreak. Most people are still out of work, or have greatly reduced hours, and are UNable to make their housing payments. To lose one's home is in direct conflict with the continuing 'Stay HOME - Stay Safe'' way of current life. Without a nationwide Moratorium in effect to protect Americans from losing their homes, most citizens are in serious danger during this COVID19 crisis. We implore you to enact a nationwide United States COVID-19 Housing Moratorium to protect all American citizens, not just from losing their safety - their homes - but also from the gougers who have been preying on them and putting them in danger during this time of national crisis, and who will continue to do so after it is over. President Trump stated in his News Conference on 3/18/20 that evictions and foreclosures have been temporarily suspended nationwide. However: that is not the case now. Due to the phase-reopening of the states and subsequent swift resurgence of the deadly COVID19 virus across the nation, and the detrimental residual effects on American citizens financially during the initial surge of COVID19 plus the subsequent nationwide lockdowns, the majority of Americans are now at high risk. There needs to be a Moratorium for a total pause on mortgage and rent payments, which includes stipulation that there be NO PENALTIES, INTEREST or LATE FEES after the crisis has abated. American citizens and their housing must be wholly and SAFELY protected from COVID19 related losses and struggles, and protected from being gouged by their landlords, and/or their mortgage holders/banks and insurance companies, both now and after the crisis. Since many citizens still have very little-0 income, the current flood of demands for rent or mortgage payments, without any care towards the homeowners or renters safety and security of having shelter during this Pandemic, is causing much undue strain and stress on American citizens and potentially putting them into harms way. Furthermore, expected POST-crisis gouging and demands of accrued payment debt(s) or penalties by banks/lenders and landlords, plus current unfair and unliveable raises in rent (discussed below) and/or evictions/threats, 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 nation's assistance capabilities. Rent amounts are already way out of control across our Nation, especially in states which have no rent control law(s), or similar, in place. 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 can continue to make their payments and continue to have safe shelter in their own homes - &/or not lose their rental property so they have future rental income. Additionally, a lot of landlords are evicting those who cannot pay (thanks to COVID19 causing drastic loss of income) in favor of acquiring new tenants who can. Not to mention the fact that a lot of landlords have been losing their rental homes and therefore their renters are ending up on the street. We ALL need your help. In conclusion, NOW is the time to ensure ALL America's citizens 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. To say nothing of those adults who are severely struggling because they did not, nor will they ever, receive their CARES payment - even though their caretaker also did not receive the extra CARES payment for claiming an disabled adult dependant. No matter how you look at it, each American citizen - whether homeowner or tenant, disabled or able, poor or rich, young or old - has suffered from drastically slashed income with little or no help, and their lives have dramatically, severely and detrimentally changed. With a nationwide Stay-Safe Stay-At-Home way of life in effect for the most part during this crisis - "HOME" (shelter) being the operative word - it is imperative you protect ALL of your constituents in this time of need. Ladies and gentlemen, we thank you for your leadership. America is now suffering as never before. We ask that you be on our side and protect us during this crisis so we CAN stay-home and stay-safe. Please immediately enact a United States COVID-19 Housing Moratorium to: suspend mortgage & rent payments nationwide during the continuing COVID19 crisis, with the stipulation of: no penalties levied, or demands for accrued debt (interest; mortgage payments, homeowners or renters insurance payments, or rent payments), with immediate effect, covering any and all COVID19 related financial diffculties beginning from Feb 2020 and continuing after the crisis has abated, to cover any and all debt accrued during the COVID19 crisis. This will protect ALL United States citizens. We are all in this together: "United we stand..". Thank you, and God bless these United States Of America.