Thursday, May 21, 2020
KANSAS CITY COVID-19 RENT STRIKE STAYS WINNING HELP FROM CITY HALL!!!
Today's blast from a tenants group inspired the only worthwhile reporting in this town today . . .
"It's happening. Today was the first day Jackson County courts were open for in-person eviction hearings.
"Let us repeat. Jackson County evicted families today, and held potentially life-threatening in-person hearings to do it.
"People can't be physically evicted from their homes till June 1, but judges are already hearing and deciding eviction cases which will be executed in just a handful of days. This is horrific. The state is "open for business," but people aren't back to work. Debts have accrued, people are still facing unexpected expenses like childcare and medicines.
"We must extend the eviction moratorium to STOP these proceedings immediately. It is a matter of life and death. We can win this extension, but we need all of you to show up and take action now."
And so City Hall snapped into action . . .
Kansas City will likely fund a third attorney to provide legal assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction, City Council members decided Thursday after deadlocking over the issue in committee a day earlier. The $65,000 contract for the Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom received no recommendation from committee and so the full council voted sent it to the council’s June 4 docket where it will pass in all likelihood.
To wit . . .
THE KANSAS CITY RENT STRIKE EARNED A SOLID VICTORY TODAY IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST EVICTIONS AMID COVID-19!!!
A tenant rights group in Kansas City is urging the city to extend a moratorium on evictions
Groups pushing for more tenant protection as evictions will resume in Jackson Co. on June 1
KC Mayor Quinton Lucas said actions he could work on immediately would be to extend the utilities moratorium, along with calling an emergency city council meeting to discuss getting funding allocated for renters in need.
Developing . . .