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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?