Miami, FL — On Thursday, June 25th, housing advocates from across Florida will come together less than a week before rent payments and mortgage payments are due to demand Governor Ron DeSantis act boldly to protect Floridians impacted by COVID-19 before mass evictions and foreclosures take place.
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, families in Florida have struggled to afford rent. With COVID-19 cases rising, layoffs rampant across industries, a broken unemployment system and minimal public safety nets, the housing affordability crisis has become even more acute. Due to public pressure, the Governor has twice now extended the statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium. Yet families’ fates are again left in the balance as the moratorium is set to expire July 1st.
We need long-term solutions to stop COVID displacement, to keep people in their homes, and to provide rent and mortgage relief to those impacted by this crisis. We need rent relief for tenants, relief for mortgage-holders and working-class landlords, and extend the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium by at least 90 days.
People of color brace for mass evictions: