As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, millions of California renters are staring down an eviction cliff as the current state eviction ban is set to expire on February 1.
We need to immediately pass AB 15 and AB 16 by Assemblymember David Chiu to extend eviction protections for renters impacted by COVID-19 through next year, and establish a framework for a rental assistance program that is desperately needed by struggling tenants and small landlords hanging by a thread.
A Census survey found that more than two million renter households in California reported “little to no confidence” in their ability to pay next month’s rent. And February 1 — when our current eviction ban is set to expire — is right around the corner.
States that lifted eviction moratoriums in recent months saw an estimated 433,700 new COVID cases and 10,700 deaths, according to a UCLA study Those are real lives that could have been saved. We can’t allow that to be California’s fate.
These bills are supported by organizations and groups such as: San Francisco Foundation, Public Counsel, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and Tenants Together.
AB 15 and AB 16 will protect millions of California renters. Please contact your legislators in the Senate and Assembly and ask them to support these two bills.