Eviction court in Fayette County is going virtual. Mass evictions have been ongoing for months. They will only get worse.
Dear members of the Housing and Gentrification Subcommittee, We understand that you are now developing your recommendations to the Mayor. As you do so, eviction court is on the verge of executing mass evictions. Next Monday, August 24, 51 people are scheduled to face eviction in court. The following two weeks, around 300 people face eviction.
Mayor Gorton and the members of Lexington's city council can create a housing system where everyone has access to safe, accessible, permanently affordable, and sustainable housing. They can reduce the number of evictions Lexingtonians face.
The housing system in the US, and especially in Kentucky, prioritizes landlords’ profit over tenants’ need for shelter. In the past week in Kentucky, a mayor ordered a hotel not to rent rooms to paying homeless customers, and a constable tried to collaborate with landlords to pressure tenants out of their homes despite the state’s moratorium on evictions.
This is the opposite of what we need right now. Tenants need protection from being forced out of their homes, help with paying rent, and assurance that no one will be evicted due to non-payment that occurred during the state of emergency. Our elected officials need to be helping tenants stay in their homes, not pressuring them out.
We need you to call Governor Beshear to #STOPMASSEVICTIONS!! Though Kentucky has an eviction moratorium, rent's still due. Mass evictions are coming once the State of Emergency ends. We need stronger tenant protections. Call using this script below (also available at tinyurl.com/NoEvictionsKY) To leave a message for Governor Beshear supporting tenant protections during the COVID-19 … Continue reading #StopMassEvictions Kentucky Script
Good move by Governor Andy Beshear. But WE NEED MORE to protect tenants. An eviction suspension merely postpones mass evictions until the State of Emergency ends. The executive order explicitly says folks are still obligated to pay rent. But folks still aren’t getting income!
Evictions CONTINUED this week. And we will see mass evictions when courts reopen. Art Crosby, 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."