Tell Governor Hogan: Prevent Loss of Housing During COVID-19 State of Emergency
***UPDATE: On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an executive order halting all evictions in Maryland. You can watch his announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGlr1l2RhsE. We still need a foreclosure moratorium, a payment plan requirement, and lease extensions. So keep signing on!***


Saturday, March 14, 2020

To Governor Larry Hogan:

The coronavirus crisis, now officially a worldwide pandemic, is ravaging our community. Due to the cancellations and drastic disruption in economic activity stemming from the state of emergency, working people already are facing indefinite loss of income. Many will find it difficult, if not impossible, to pay their rent or mortgages beginning next month. Struggling small businesses are at risk of shutting down. It falls upon the leaders of our state to take swift action to protect Maryland residents from such harm.

We, the undersigned, join with Delegate Vaughn Stewart and Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins in calling on you to act urgently to prevent what could potentially be thousands of working families in Maryland facing eviction, bankruptcy, or both. Specifically, we call on you to exercise your emergency executive powers, to take the following actions until the end of the Maryland State of Emergency:

1. Halt all evictions and late fees for both residential and struggling small business renters, including existing and new court filings and proceedings.

2. Halt all home foreclosures, including both existing and new court filings and proceedings.

3. Require landlords, utilities, and residential mortgage-holders to work out payment plans that allow tenants and homeowners who are suffering economically due to the coronavirus epidemic up to 24 months to fulfill their payment obligations. Without reasonable repayment plans and timelines, tenants and homeowners will face crushing debt once the crisis is over.

4. Require all residential landlords to extend expiring leases until at least three months after the end date of the emergency declaration.

The Sheriffs of Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County have already announced 2-week moratoriums on evictions. Maryland needs a statewide moratorium that spans the duration of the Emergency and covers both landlord-tenant evictions and evictions resulting from foreclosures for the safety and wellbeing of the residents of our state.

Sincerely,
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