Last week, lawmakers heard testimony from many of you that 1) We need investments in rent assistance, 2) We need additional protections for renters against eviction for accumulated debt during COVID-19, and 3) Renters need reasonable certainty that their landlords won't raise the rent beyond a certain amount over the next year.
This week, the fourth piece of the puzzle, just cause protections, will be heard in the House Housing, Human Services and Veterans Committee. Without just cause, the other policies will be significantly weakened, and our investments in rental assistance will make landlords' budgets whole but won't keep people in their homes.
The stakes couldn't be higher to get this right; at any given time since the beginning of the pandemic recession, well over 100,000 renters have been unable to pay rent. A sufficient off-ramp from the eviction moratorium must be implemented before it expires in March. Census Bureau data from mid-December found that over 175,000 Washington renters were behind in rent and over 387,000 renters who were current on rent report that they had to use credit cards and other unsustainable methods to meet their basic needs in the last 7 days.
Please take action on behalf of your community members who have fallen behind on rent and who are worried about what the future holds after the eviction moratorium expires on March 31.
Use the form on the right to ask your lawmakers to protect tenants from evictions and homelessness! THANK YOU!
Will you please also sign in "PRO" (in favor of) on the following bill that has a hearing this week? This is important to show broad support in the official bill record.
HB 1236/Macri: Just Cause eviction protections. Hearing in the House Housing, Human Services and Veterans Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8am. If you are signing in "PRO", please do so by 7am Tuesday morning.
Sign in "PRO" here by completing the web form.
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That's it! Thank you so much!