The Center for Popular Democracy is leading a petition drive to urge Congress to #CancelRent and #CancelMortgages by April 30th!
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us in ways that many of us could not have prepared for. In the wake of unprecedented orders to “shelter in place”, millions of us across the country were suddenly unemployed in already precarious and unaffordable housing situations.
On April 1st, millions of tenants were unable to pay rent and soon, rent and mortgage payments will be due again. With no clear end to this crisis in sight, it is impossible for families to prepare for the economic fallout that will come if we are expected to continue to pay rent while we are unable to earn any income. And we are prepared to take collective action if Congress doesn’t #CancelRent by April 30th.
Our elected leaders have the power to alleviate the burden of rent and mortgage payments so that amidst these challenging times for our family, community and country, we can follow the best guidance for how to care for one another and weather this crisis. Even before the crisis, many of us were living paycheck to paycheck struggling with the high cost of housing.
Not only will cancelling rent and mortgage payments alleviate the immense financial hardship that so many of us find ourselves in, but it will also allow us to adhere to the recommendations of public health officials to stay at home.
It is the duty of the federal government to cancel these payments so that people can stay in their homes confidently, protect our communities in this unprecedented global pandemic and allow us time to recover from the devastating economic impact this has had on our lives. We are willing to take collective action if they don’t pass our policy demands by April 30th.
Check back here to SIGN A PETITION TO URGE CONGRESS TO #CANCELRENT AND #CANCELMORTGAGES NOW!