COVID-19 Response: Thank you for signing the Eviction Freeze Petition! - SV@Home

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COVID-19 Response: Thank you for signing the Eviction Freeze Petition!

Thank you for signing on to the petition for an Eviction Freeze in Santa Clara County. If you haven’t yet heard, you were successful! On March 23rd, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a moratorium on evictions for residents and small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. In addition, San Jose, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale passed their own eviction freezes, and the Judicial Council of California has halted court enforcement of all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

We’ve created a summary of the ordinances passed by cities, the county, and statewide bodies on the Renter Protections page of our COVID-19 Response site. You can also access forms and information for the County’s Eviction Moratorium can be found on the Office of Supportive Housing site.

Stay tuned for more opportunities to help those most impacted by COVID-19. In the meantime, for other ways to get engaged, consider:

  • Donating or volunteering through the Silicon Valley Strong initiative, which is supporting those most in need during this difficult time and the frontline workers who are caring for our community.
  • Attending or hosting an event or activity for Affordable Housing Month. With the whole month of May devoted to our theme of #BeMyNeighbor, there’s never been a more important time to learn about the importance of affordable housing across Santa Clara County and how we can ensure all of our neighbors have a place to call home.

See the original petition page below:

 

As a collaborative of community serving organizations in Santa Clara County, we are coming together to call for an immediate moratorium (freeze) on evictions for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. This is the action we need to keep our communities whole and our people in their homes during the crisis. 

See the full text below.

Signed:

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

Sacred Heart Community Service

Working Partnerships USA

Silicon Valley De-Bug

Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County

SOMOS Mayfair

Destination: Home

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

PACT SJ (People Acting in Community Together)

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

South Bay YIMBY

Peninsula for Everyone

Silicon Valley at Home

Note: Everyone is being impacted by this public health crisis and this is an immediate, temporary step. SV@Home recognizes that we will need to work on further mid-to-long term solutions for landlords, tenants, and property owners affected by the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

Petition Text:

Dear Cities, Counties, and Public Officials,

As a collaborative of community serving organizations in Santa Clara County, we are coming together to call for an immediate moratorium (freeze) on evictions for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency. This is the action we need to keep our communities whole and our people in their homes during the crisis.

As elected officials and government staff, we call on you to take immediate action to halt evictions resulting from our current crisis. We need consistent steps at all levels of government to respond to this uncertainty and hardship.

We each have a role to play in protecting our community. Cities hold the authority to prevent landlords from issuing evictions, and to notify both tenants and landlords of their rights and responsibilities.

Counties hold the authority to protect tenants and homeowners by declaring an end to the enforcement of evictions for the duration of the state of emergency.

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order issued Monday 3/16 recognizes the severe impact of potentially losing one’s home during the pandemic, and authorizes cities to take action to stop evictions of residents who are experiencing extra hardships due to COVID-19. We call on the Governor to take the next step and take statewide action on an eviction freeze.

In order to be effective, news of the eviction freeze must be disseminated as widely as possible, to make sure that all parties understand their rights and obligations.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep our communities safe during this difficult time. We know that everyone is being impacted by this public health crisis and that the most vulnerable members of our community, especially those who are housing insecure or experiencing homelessness, are being hit the hardest. Please center them in your response to this crisis.

In this time of social distancing, this is how we can come together as a community and help those who need it most.

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