As the COVID-19 crisis
disrupts our daily lives, including our ability to work, pay rent and
send our kids to school, we need to ensure working people can make
ends meet, not hand tax breaks to the richest 1% and finance bailouts
for corporations. Renters and homeowners know cancelling rent
and mortgage payments is the only way to prevent the housing crisis
from reaching catastrophic levels. So far, our Governor has been
silent on this. We will keep the pressure on.
In the meantime, there’s a new opportunity to win
rent/mortgage cancellation nationwide: the Rent and Mortgage
Cancellation Act of 2020, introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar on
The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act (H.R. 6515)
- suspension of rent and mortgage payments,
- relief fund for landlords who need help
- nationwide zero accumulation of debt for renters or
- zero negative impact on credit ratings or rental histories
Rent was due last week, but
only one member of the California delegation to
the US House has taken a stand by co-sponsoring the bill. That’s why
we’re throwing down with our partners at People’s Action and Housing
Now! on a statewide phone zap to drive calls to our California
you join me by calling your Representative and asking them to
co-sponsor H.R. 6515, and ensure it’s in the next stimulus
This click-to-call tool makes it simple and
Policies that were considered
impossible to win two months ago are now within reach. But our success
rides or dies on how much pressure people like you and me put on our
Representatives — say, 50,000 calls worth of pressure.
You can help us reach our goal of driving 50,000 calls to
Congress about H.R. 6515. If
we can’t escape fear about housing costs, our Representatives
shouldn’t be able to escape our demands for relief.
YOUR REP ABOUT H.R. 6515!!
The choices our government
makes now to help us weather the outbreak of the coronavirus can also
set a better course for the future of our communities. Now is the time
for us to unite across our differences and make policy choices that
help every-day people in pursuit of a safe and thriving
country. If Congress refuses to provide relief to renters and
homeowners, we will have no choice but to escalate our tactics and
claim it ourselves!
When we fight, we win!