Marin agrees to halt eviction, continues to help with rent for COVID-19

(BCN) — The Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a decision Tuesday to guard residents from evictions and late charges for non-payment resulting from monetary losses associated to COVID-19.

The choice would re-establish the Marin County Native Expulsion Cease, which was outmoded by Meeting Invoice 2179 in March. The invoice was enacted by the state legislature to supply eviction safety for renters dealing with monetary hardship throughout the pandemic.

Whereas statewide eviction protections are set to run out after June 30, the native moratorium will stay in place and can defend unregistered Marin tenants from July 1 by means of September 30.

A 3-month moratorium extension will enable Marin County to proceed making federal and state funds out there for lease help.

Greater than $36 million in federal and state funds has been awarded to the Marin County Emergency Help Program with a purpose to present COVID-19 lease aid, based on county paperwork. To this point, about $22 million from this fund has been distributed to greater than 1,000 Marin households.

Nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of coloration and put them at larger threat of housing displacement.

In Marin, greater than two-thirds of the non-Hispanic white inhabitants are householders, however almost three-quarters of the black and Hispanic/Latino communities are renters. The cessation of evictions goals to guard these disproportionately affected communities.

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The moratorium was really useful by officers on the county’s Neighborhood Growth Company, who stated extending the moratorium by means of September would defend households whereas the county handles the inflow of rental help functions that has led to a funding backlog.

We could not submit [remaining] stated Allen Tanilian, planner on the company. “We would have liked to enact safety within the meantime to make sure these on the ready listing had been protected whereas they waited for assist.”

The remaining quantity is predicted to be spent by September 30. Precedence can be given to low-income residents. Marin County native companies have stepped as much as assist candidates ramp up the rental help course of.

“We’re very involved about inflationary pressures for the households we serve,” stated Sheryl Baddack, CEO of North Marin Neighborhood Companies.

The Novato-based group offers emergency rental help by means of one-time monetary help and has partnered with the Marin County Program.

“Through the pandemic, we’ve positively seen a rise in want,” stated Liliana Ballou, Badack’s fellow, director of group help companies. “When it comes to rental help, we had been in a position to be part of what was then a weekly collaboration assembly with Marin County and different companion organizations to fulfill and help Marin County residents.”

By way of outreach, the group’s case employees assists residents in navigating rental help functions and paperwork. Additionally they host Marin’s Authorized Help on website each Monday to seek the advice of any tenants’ questions concerning their rights and eviction notices.

Paddack reported seeing a 33 p.c enhance in wants and help for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and has since expanded their institutions to fulfill demand.

The Novato Metropolis Council will think about the choice to halt the evictions on Tuesday.

Marin County officers suggest anybody who wants help searching for on-line rental help to name (415) 473-2223 or e-mail to be taught extra in regards to the Emergency Rental Help Program. Extra details about stopping evictions will be discovered on the County’s COVID-19 Tenant Safety webpage.

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