Sign the Petition to Stop Evictions, Prevent Homelessness & Save Lives

Rhode Island General Assembly

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The federal CDC eviction moratorium will expire on June 30, 2021, just as children are getting out of schools and Rhode Island's tourist season begins. There is simply no place for people who are evicted to go. Rhode Island shelters are at capacity. Reasonably priced single-family homes and apartments on the private market are difficult to find and obtain. We are not equipped to deal with an increase in evictions and homelessness.  Rhode Islanders need protection from evictions on a state level.

H 5309 and S 0183 would institute a moratorium on non-essential evictions (evictions except for cases where there is a threat of harm to the landlord, tenant or neighboring residents) and mortgage foreclosures during any declared state of emergency in Rhode Island. Once this law is enacted it will also keep people in their homes during future declared states of emergency - we will have a plan going forward to prevent evictions and foreclosures in times of crisis.

Please sign the petition to our General Assembly to let them know that you expect them to act to keep people from becoming homeless during a public health crisis!

To: Rhode Island General Assembly
From: [Your Name]

I am calling on you to protect vulnerable renters and homeowners in Rhode Island by supporting passage of bills H5309 and S0183.

The federal CDC moratorium on evictions has several flaws and loopholes that have allowed Rhode Islanders, including children, seniors, and disabled individuals to be evicted from their homes. The moratorium also offers no protection to homeowners from being evicted through foreclosure.

The CDC moratorium will expire on June 30, 2021, just as children are getting out of schools and Rhode Island's tourist season begins. There is simply no place for people who are evicted to go. Rhode Island shelters are at capacity. Single-family homes and apartment prices are skyrocketing and are extremely difficult to find and obtain regardless of income. We are not equipped to deal with an increase in evictions and homelessness. Rhode Islanders need protection on a state level.

H5309 and S0183 will:

*Protect renters and homeowners from eviction and foreclosure until the declared state of emergency is lifted
*Create a plan to keep people in their homes during future crises
*Give time for the State to distribute $200 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance funds to landlords and eligible tenants who apply
*Provide stability for renters and homeowners so people can focus on returning to work and taking care of their children and families
*Help reduce spread of the virus as people get vaccinated

I urge you to take action to protect the people of Rhode Island as soon as possible.