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To: President-Elect Joseph R. Biden & Dr. Rochelle Walensky, incoming CDC Director

Stop Evictions, Save Lives!

1. End evictions + stop utility shut offs: direct the CDC in coordination with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to immediately extend, strengthen, and enforce national moratorium on all evictions and utility shut offs for the duration of the pandemic.

2. Cancel rent, mortgages & debt: work with Congress, and State and Local governments to suspend rent & mortgage obligations and all rent, utility, and mortgage debt as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is this important?

Our communities are battling a new surge of COVID-19 cases — and at the same time, we're facing a catastrophic wave bearing down on our homes: evictions.

Every month, families forgo food, water, and healthcare just to pay the rent to avoid eviction. Every month, renters across the country are burdened with over $51 billion in rent payments, forcing us to work multiple jobs, take out loans and put our lives at risk just to pay the bills. It's estimated that renters will face $70 billion in rent arrears by the end of January, and more than 13.4 million households are now at risk of eviction. These evictions disproportionately impact Black, Latinx, Indigenous, API families and working class communities of color. This is unconscionable.

We know housing is the cure to this crisis. And we demand more so we can survive — and thrive.

We call upon the incoming Biden administration to take immediate action to protect our homes, our families, and our communities. That's why today, Right to the City Alliance members are getting SO LOUD that the incoming Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just can't ignore us. Are you with us?


Reasons for signing

  • This is a moment where we should care about other human lives. This is the worst crisis we have faced since the Great Depression and landlords continue to take advantage of their residents going back to when they would burn down homes to collect insurance money. This should not slide anymore and punish landlords who exploit their residents.
  • TAX THE RICH! TAX THE RICH! You do not want to pay taxes? Do not become rich!
  • Our government needs to do far more for those in danger of losing their homes and for those with food insecurity because of COVID-19 but also for others reasons. The inequality in this country is appalling.

Updates

2021-01-07 13:38:23 -0500

50 signatures reached

2020-12-27 19:03:21 -0500

25 signatures reached

2020-12-24 11:37:47 -0500

10 signatures reached