Two Alameda County supervisors: We must come together & halt evictions & foreclosures - SF Chronicle
Updated: Sep 23, 2020
BARHII is proud to have contributed to an article published in the May 24, 2020 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.
During the pandemic, access to a safe and stable home environment has been essential to the well-being of communities. This article examines eviction and rent moratoria, and discusses possible solutions to the crisis.
Key quotes from the article include:
“As county supervisors, we must take every appropriate step to ensure that individuals and families left economically vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the resources necessary to stay safely housed during this crisis. On Tuesday, our board will provide that support by enacting an ordinance that halts evictions and foreclosures in our county’s unincorporated area resulting from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The ordinance, which will be in effect for a minimum of 30 days, will safeguard any residents whose loss of income or employment prevents them from meeting their full rent obligations.”
“Our lowest-income households stand to bear the most severe economic impacts from COVID-19 — particularly low-income and hourly-wage workers who will find it harder to earn a living as workplaces are closed, events are canceled and more people are forced to take care of loved ones. Given that these individuals are already severely rent-burdened, any sustained period of reduced wages will only push more people out of their homes and onto the streets.”
“We urge our colleagues statewide to immediately pass similar moratoriums in the interests of public health and community safety.”
View the article BARHII contributed to here.