Friday, March 13, 2020
KANSAS CITY TENANTS DEMAND FREE RENT DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!!!
In the midst of this pandemic health crisis, the tragic business of evictions are a growing concern for activists.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS RENTER'S RIGHTS GROUP ADVOCATING THAT CITY HALL CANCEL RENT BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS!!!
Tragically, there's not even acknowledgment that this would push many small time property owners and "home providers" to the point of starvation.
Still, in fairness, here's a look at their argument from a recent social media post.
KC Tenants Propose Eviction Moratorium
We are calling for an immediate moratorium on rent increases, evictions/foreclosures, and utility shut-offs. We are also calling for deeply, rapidly expanded services for our community members experiencing homelessness.
Kansas City is in the middle of a public health crisis. This crisis affects and will affect our poor and working class community members the most, especially those experiencing homelessness. Kansas Citians who are housing-insecure or currently homeless at a higher risk of being exposed to the virus, becoming ill, and suffering catastrophic health outcomes. Low-income tenants are also at risk if they get ill and/or cannot work (because they're monitoring symptoms, at risk, watching kids, etc.) and therefore can't make their rent.
This crisis requires an immediate moratorium (halt) on rent increases and evictions/foreclosures, and utility shut offs. We must also strategically and deeply expand services for people experiencing homelessness.
Evictions and homelessness significantly worsen the threat posed by COVID-19. In order to halt widespread displacement from our homes and our jobs or businesses which would only worsen the current situation, we are calling on every level of government: state, county, and municipal to take the necessary steps, immediately.
We will have tools to share from model policy around the country by end of day tomorrow (Friday March 13), and our leaders are available to review any policies/strategies being considered by elected officials.
You decide . . .