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.