Tenants, organizers, and a lawyer with Lexington Housing Justice Collective are meeting with Mayor Linda Gorton and staff to urge her to stop all evictions in Fayette County.
BREAKING: This morning, Lexington protestors disrupted eviction court! Several protesters joined Judge Bell's online court today and interrupted proceedings throughout the hour and a half meeting.
Since evictions for non-payment resumed August 24, there have been over 1,000 eviction hearings in Lexington. While some tenants had their cases delayed until January by the CDC's moratorium, the majority of tenants were not at court--which means they likely received default eviction judgments against them.
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.
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."