Arizona Interfaith Calls on Governor for Moratorium on Evictions

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans are in danger of losing their homes when the CDC eviction moratorium ends December 31st.  Leaders and clergy of the Arizona Interfaith Network are now calling on Governor Ducey and state elected leaders for a moratorium on evictions.

"This is not just a public health issue, this is a moral issue," Rabbi John Linder declared. 

Episcopal Bishop Jennifer Reddall affirmed, "We aren't set up to handle hundreds of thousands of homeless people."  She and Linder are leading the network’s call on Gov. Ducey to enact a statewide eviction moratorium as the pandemic continues its surge across Arizona.

[Maricopa County constable evicts a family from their home in blurred out photo above.  Credit: John Moore, Getty Images]

Nearly A Quarter Million Arizonans Could Be Evicted In January. Religious Leaders Want Ducey To Do Something About ItNPR/KJZZ [pdf]

Opening | Testimony by Rabbi John Linder | Testimony by Bishop Jennifer Reddall

Texas IAF & Allies Call on State and Local Governments to Beat December Deadline for Coronavirus Rental Relief 

Before the pandemic, Maria Ramirez (in photo above) and her husband made more than enough money to afford their two-bedroom apartment in Dallas.  Now, they owe $4,000+ in back rent and late fees.  When they applied for local aid, they were denied.  

"For four months, millions of these funds have wafted around the corridors of City Hall while each day vulnerable families are threatened with evictions," said Jon Lee, a retired pastor of King of Glory Lutheran Church and leader with Dallas Area Interfaith

Texas IAF leaders across the state are working with local elected officials to spend down millions in assistance dollars that they leveraged earlier this year.  Onerous online application processes and excessive documentation requirements hampered access to available assistance for the most vulnerable.  Warned Rev. Michael Floyd of Central Texas Interfaith, "Families who lost employment are racking up months of unpaid rent and as eviction moratoriums end, they will be forced out of their homes."   

Texas IAF leaders and allies are also calling on the Governor to draw down available funding for rental assistance for smaller cities.  If not spent by the end of the year, unspent dollars will have to be returned to the US Treasury.

Says Rev. Jaqueline Hailey, of TMO, “The CDC order create[d] a welcomed pause in evictions in this area, but it is only a half-measure because all rents and late fees will continue to pile up and be due when the moratorium expires on December 31.”

[Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News]

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