Cancel rent & mortgage and utility payments through the duration of the public health and economic crisis for all renters, homeowners and small businesses, and ensure a 3-month recovery period.
We must guarantee that every single person has a safe, healthy home during a public health crisis, and beyond. We demand the local, state and federal governments turn all vacant units into safe homes for people experiencing homelessness or needing healthy housing now.
Further we echo the demands of people experiencing incarceration and detention and call for action to ensure the health and wellbeing of people currently imprisoned and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
We call for the immediate release of all people who are being held in immigrant and pretrial detention. Increase the use of Elder, Medical, and Early Release. Immediately release all individuals who are 50 years old or older, are immunocompromised, and/or have underlying medical conditions that pose increased risk from a COVID-19 infection. Release all individuals who have 90 days or less remaining in their sentence, and accelerate the release of individuals with more than 90 days remaining. Release people without using electronic monitors.
All people must be able to stay in their homes, be provided adequate housing, be allowed to safely shelter-in-place whether they are housed or unhoused, and be able to maintain all of their belongings to ensure personal and public health and safety. Cities must provide comprehensive support to those “sheltering-in-place” outside.
Utilities like water, gas, electric, phone and internet are vital to our personal and collective health. They should be provided as a public good, especially during a public health crisis. Any current utility service shut-offs should be suspended indefinitely for all households, regardless of ability to pay.
All people, regardless of status, must have access to the resources they need to provide for their needs, safety and health. People doing essential work must be provided with the equipment that is necessary to keep them safe in addition to any necessary child or elder care for their loved ones.