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.