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L.A. County launches legal aid program for tenants at risk of eviction

The county has partnered with legal aid groups and community-based organizations that will host virtual Know Your Rights workshops about permanent and emergency tenant protections covering evictions and other challenges.

LA Daily News - Los Angeles County launched a program on Monday, Sept. 14, to provide free legal services to tenants facing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As many residents face immeasurable uncertainty and grapple with health, mental health and economic hurdles, we want to provide working families with as much stability and peace of mind as possible,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “By equipping at-risk tenants with the resources they need, Los Angeles County can ensure they stay safe, stay strong, and stay housed.”

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors extended a moratorium on evictions through Oct. 31, and each member expressed their strong support for the legal aid program. Dubbed “Stay Housed L.A. County,” the countywide initiative includes a website with information about tenant rights, workshops for residents who need legal assistance and other support, including professional legal support.

Poetry for Protest: A new anthology benefits Oakland's Moms4Housing

7 X 7 - On December 26, 2019, Sara Biel and her daughter joined a protest against the eviction of three mothers—Dominique Walker, Misty Cross, and Sameerah Karim—and their children, from a house on Magnolia Street in Oakland.

In November, with the support of Moms4Housing, a collective working toward pragmatic solutions to Oakland's housing crisis, the women had moved into the unlocked house, which had been vacant for two years. Working people who could not afford housing in Oakland, they squatted in a public and intentional manner, seeking to find a way to enter a housing market that has been manipulated by corporate developers.

"That they were being evicted at seven in the morning on the day after Christmas was straight out of the Scrooge playbook," said Biel, who is a psychiatric social worker, poet, and co-editor of Colossus:Home, a new poetry anthology that will raise funds for Moms4Housing.

California’s Non-Moratorium Moratorium

The American Prospect - Among the states dealing with an expiring eviction moratorium was California. Yesterday, an eviction deal that was announced last Friday secured final passage before the end of the legislative session, and got signed by the governor minutes before the August 31 expiration date. Gavin Newsom called it “a bridge to a more permanent solution,” urging federal support.

Activists are calling it a bridge to nowhere. The moratorium, extended to February 1, 2021, only kicks in for renters who can show hardship due specifically to COVID-19. Tenants must pay at least 25 percent of new rent (not the arrears before September 1) to be eligible. Housing courts will reopen statewide tomorrow, as other types of evictions besides non-payment of rent can move forward.

Gov. Newsom signs extension of eviction relief bill amid COVID-19 pandemic

ABC 7 - State lawmakers and Governor Newsom beat a midnight deadline to extend a bill on eviction moratoriums.

The state's moratorium on evictions expired Wednesday and now new protections are in place for renters that will last thru February 2021

Assembly Bill 3088 bans evictions for tenants who did not pay their rent between March 1 and Aug. 31 because of a financial hardship caused by the pandemic.

Newsom Turns His Back on Renters, Making a Deal That Could Throw Millions - Disproportionately Poor, Black and Latinx - out of Their Homes in The Middle of a Pandemic

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Newsom Perpetuates Racist Housing Policy with a Weak Deal that Opens the Door to September Evictions, Despite a Raging Pandemic 

CALIFORNIA - With just a couple days left before the courts reopen, and the “eviction cliff” that threatens to displace roughly 4 million disproportionately Poor, Black and Latinx Californians begins, Governor Newsom’s negotiations produce AB 3088, a weak patchwork deal that will allow many evictions to start September 2nd with others sure to ramp up in the coming months. And, with the exception of existing laws, the deal prevents cities and counties from passing stronger non-payment of rent related eviction protections or moratoriums until Feb 2021. While the governor has issued a statewide stay at home order, the deal will allow Sheriff’s deputies to forcibly evict tenants from their shelter, all while the country reckons with the long history of police violence and racial injustice. Tenant lawyers describe the deal as one that will fail to protect thousands, if not millions, from possible eviction in the months to come. 

 

Newsom, Chiu agree on bill that could lead to widespread evictions

The landlords and banks will be fine; not so much the renters. But tenants say it's better than nothing.

48 Hills - Assemblymember David Chiu has reached a compromise with Gov. Gavin Newsom and the big landlord groups on a relatively limited bill to protect renters from evictions during the COVID pandemic.

The measure is nothing like the original bill he had introduced; the governor didn’t even try to salvage that measure and instead has produced a new one, AB 3088, which will go before the Assembly and the Senate Monday before the Legislature adjourns.

It will need a two-thirds majority in both houses to become law.

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez at KQED has a good, detailed report on what the law does and doesn’t do. Put simply, it provides limited protections for tenants, allows landlords an expanded ability to collect back rent, and could lead to vast numbers of evictions this fall.

Renters rally for California to extend eviction moratorium

The group said in San Diego, at least 20,000 renters are at risk of eviction by Sept. 1.

Renters without jobs said they are definitely feeling the pain and uncertainty as they fear the first of the month, saying they don't know if they'll even have a place to live. A couple dozen people rallied Thursday at the Hall of Justice, calling upon Governor Newsom to step in and extend the eviction moratorium.

"For me and my kids to become homeless, it's not right. This is not fair to them or fair to anybody. We didn't cause this pandemic," said single mother of two, Patricia Mendoza.

Mendoza worries about getting kicked out of her home after losing her job in March.

Renters and activists rallied downtown demanding lawmakers ban evictions while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, saying there's little time left in the state legislative session.

Open Letter to Gavin Newsom on the COVID Housing Crisis

Governor Newsom:

On behalf of ACCE Action and our 16,000 dues-paying families across the state, we want to make sure you know where we stand on the developing proposal to address the looming eviction tsunami.

The members of ACCE, and the communities we work in and on behalf of, are low-income and predominantly African-American and Latinx. These communities — our communities — were facing some of the harshest impacts of the housing crisis prior to the pandemic, with massive push-out of long-time residents and growing homelessness.

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