We are facing a truly historic opportunity to pass strong homelessness prevention & eviction protection bills and to secure historic affordable housing & homelessness investments! With just four weeks left for the state legislative session, key eviction prevention bills are still alive. And state budget proposals were released that include historic appropriations for affordable housing and homelessness! This is all good news, but it is not an exaggeration to say that nothing is secured and all could be lost. There is intense pressure to not pass these bills and to reduce affordable housing and homelessness appropriations. But it has been shown time again that advocacy can move mountains. Now is the time for all housing and homelessness advocates to stand up and make sure your voice is heard. Please weigh in today.
This week we need an extra special focus on HB 1236 (just cause protections), HB 1277 (rental assistance) and SB 5160 (right to counsel) to keep people in their homes and prevent a mass wave of evictions and homelessness. HB 1236 has been pulled to the Senate floor, which means a final floor vote could occur soon. It is critical that tenants are protected against arbitrary and retaliatory evictions. Without these protections, pandemic related rental assistance will not secure housing or prevent homelessness.
Meanwhile, SB 5160, designed to prevent evictions through expanded legal assistance and key protections for tenants, faces another hurdle in House Appropriations, and we must ensure that members of this key budget committee pass the bill out of committee by Friday’s (4/2) deadline.
As if these bills weren’t exciting enough, the Operating and Capital Budgets were released last week, and if we keep up the pressure we can win truly historic appropriations for affordable housing and homelessness. The Senate Capital budget is the high water mark, and we need to ask House budget writers to match the Senate’s investments.
You can advocate for all of these critical investments and bills by completing the form to the right. Thank you for your ongoing advocacy!
We have one quick follow-up ask! Will you also please call your Senator about HB 1236 using the legislative hotline? 1-800-562-6000
HB 1236 is incredibly important, and now is the time for an all-out push for just cause protections. Please call the hotline and leave the following message:
Dear Senator [NAME], my name is [YOUR NAME]. I live in your district, and HB 1236 is incredibly important to me and other members of my community. We are relying on you to pass the bill in good shape off the Senate floor to prevent a wave of homelessness and to prevent housing discrimination. Vote yes on HB 1236. Thank you.