Dear President Biden and Congress,
We are a collective of public housing residents, unhoused people, and tenants.
We write to respectfully urge the Senate to take immediate and bold action to protect renters and unhoused communities, prevent unprecedented displacement, and to guard against disastrous, 2008-style real estate speculation.
We must address the current coronavirus housing crisis, and set our country on a path towards a Homes Guarantee.
See what our collective long-term vision calls for, then join us by signing the letter below:TAKE ACTION: Call & Email the White House to Cancel Rent!
An expanded Eviction Moratorium, including a ban on all eviction filings, summons, hearings, judgments, and writs of execution;
Emergency Housing for everyone in congregate housing (shelter, jail, prison, youth detention center, group or nursing home), fully accessible to people with disabilities, and individuals, families, and people who want to stay with a roommate or aide. Such shelter should be guaranteed until a safe, effective vaccine is available to all.
Rent and Mortgage Cancellation (H.R. 6515 The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act), including rent and mortgage payment suspension for the duration of the crisis; a relief fund for property owners, conditioned on a set of critical tenant protections; and, an affordable housing acquisition fund. This policy should also include debt erasure for the months of accumulated rental arrears.
We believe that everyone should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing: a Homes Guarantee. Our long-term vision for the Homes Guarantee calls for: