Evictions continued this week. And we will see mass evictions when courts reopen. Art Crosby, a lawyer with Lexington Fair Housing Council said, “I’m expecting an unprecedented number of evictions to hit when things start up again. As much as our community may be struggling to deal with this outbreak, I think we’ll find we’re equally unprepared to handle the fall out that we’ll face in the coming months. What I am really worried about is what we are going to see in May, June, and July.”
How do we respond? Sign the petition to tell Governor Andy Beshear:
- Enact a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that lasts the entire time Kentucky is in a State of Emergency.
- Enact a moratorium on all utility shut-offs that lasts the entire time Kentucky is in a State of Emergency.
- Ensure that no one will ever be evicted, have their home foreclosed, or have utilities shut-off, neither now nor after the crisis has abated, due to non-payment that occurred during the State of Emergency. Require landlords, banks, and utility companies to accept partial payment, payment plans, and grant payment forgiveness to residents unable to pay during the State of Emergency, and require that landlords, banks, and utility companies never retaliate against residents for such situations.
- Provide emergency assistance funds to people unable to pay rent, mortgages, or utility bills.
- Freeze all rent and utility prices at current levels (as of March 14, 2020) until the end of the State of Emergency.