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To: Governor Greg Abbott

Tell Governor Abbott to implement a rent freeze and moratorium on all evictions in Texas now!

Tell Governor Abbott to implement a rent freeze and moratorium on all evictions in Texas now!

In the face of an escalating public health crisis, we demand that Governor Greg Abbott implement a rent freeze and moratorium on layoffs, evictions and water shut offs in the state of Texas.

Why is this important?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now officially classified as a pandemic and the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases Director has stated, “it’s going to get worse''. Across media outlets, the prevailing safety precautions include “wash your hands" and “stay home”. However, residents in this state are not guaranteed to have access to these basic necessities. Water shut-offs, evictions and homelessness significantly worsen the threat posed by COVID-19. If more residents are evicted during this period, COVID-19 could start to spread more rapidly among those who become homeless. We cannot afford to have more emergencies on top of the current emergency.

We urge Governor Greg Abbott to follow the lead of Detroit and San Jose - to stand with your constituents, to stop preventable illness and displacements and implement a rent freeze and moratorium on all evictions, utility shut offs, and job layoffs in the state of Texas.

Houston, TX, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • The poorest people with the lowest paid jobs that cannot be done work from home were furloughed or let go from their jobs due to COVID-19, and they are the ones who are now without the money to pay their rent. People with higher paying jobs are safe and secure working from their home that they can pay for specifically BECAUSE they have higher paying jobs. We must stop punishing low paid workers for being low paid!
  • Must occur
  • Do not deny people social safety nets and the basic necessity of shelter, during a pandemic or ever.

Updates

2020-03-23 23:21:25 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-17 10:18:14 -0700

500 signatures reached

2020-03-14 11:20:57 -0700

100 signatures reached

2020-03-14 09:45:29 -0700

50 signatures reached

2020-03-14 09:20:15 -0700

25 signatures reached

2020-03-14 08:39:51 -0700

10 signatures reached