Friday, April 10, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! KC TENANTS LEAD VIRTUAL RALLY DEMANDING MISSOURI GUV PARSON SUSPEND RENT DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS!!!
The latest protest in an ongoing local renters-rights movement increases pressure on one of the top ranking Republicans in Missouri in hopes of garnering housing assistance amid the current pandemic crisis.
Description from protesters:
"Over 200 Missouri tenants, people experiencing homelessness, and allies held a virtual rally to build and express solidarity across the state, and to demand that Governor Mike Parson take action to #ProtectMOTenants by passing a rent/mortgage suspension (#CancelRent #RentZero)."
As public gatherings are limited, this online demonstration was creative but might not move the dial. Critics question the impact of the "rent zero" movement on smaller housing providers and businesses that don't have corporate deep pockets. As data suggests that nearly 1/3rd of Americans didn't pay rent this month the economic hardship on BOTH sides of this equation is quickly reaching a crisis point.
Aftermath . . .
KSHB: How a rent freeze would impact tenants, landlords
Fox4KC: Renters across Missouri ask Gov. Parson to freeze rent, mortgage payments and more help
KY3: Virtual protest held to demand that Gov. Parson suspend rent, mortgage payments
Developing . . .