California’s housing unaffordability crisis has severely deepened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response ACCE Action launched an ambitious mass outreach and organizing program designed to bring tens of thousands of struggling tenants, from all parts of California, into the fight to Keep Families Home. ACCE has created the infrastructure to do large-scale outreach through social media, radio ads and mass texting, and to move people into on-going Defend Your Home workshops, legal support, organizing training, and more.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, ACCE Action set out to organize impacted tenants and pressure local and state lawmakers to prevent evictions and forgive (or cancel) rent. By June 2020, over 75,000 tenants had signed our campaign pledge. In September, the state enacted AB 3088 -a statewide law that banned evictions due to non-payment of rent through January 2020, as well as converted unpaid back rent into consumer debt.
The loss of income due to COVID-19 means that millions are unable to pay their rent and, when people do get back to work, they will not receive back pay so, naturally, will not be in a position to pay back rent! Knowing that, ACCE Action and coalition allies are currently in a large-scale campaign to extend eviction protections and secure rent forgiveness to prevent a massive uptick of evictions - and homelessness.