COVID-19 has interrupted our everyday lives in many ways, including our access to income. More than 1 million jobs have been lost in the state of Texas alone due to the pandemic. The government has already acknowledged the extraordinary need for assistance in these unique times with eviction moratoriums and other common sense measures. As we continue to fight Coronavirus with safety as a top priority, we must ensure that these moratoriums aren’t simply delaying the displacement and unsheltering of thousands of San Antonians. We need to ensure they have the opportunity to stay sheltered in order to remain healthy and safe. These residents need a right to cure their rent.
We ask that the San Antonio City Council pass an ordinance that would halt the eviction process for 60 days after the “Stay Home Work Safe Order” is lifted, giving struggling residents protection from displacement and a chance to catch up on rent. The measure would prevent widespread homelessness and stave off a second wave of the COVID-19 virus.
Texas Housers is joining many individuals and several local organizations in our call for a right to cure including Texas Organizing Project, Local Progress, San Antonio AFL-CIO, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, UNITE-HERE, Local 23, All of Us Or None Texas to name a few.
Our letter to San Antonio City Council is embedded in full below.Letter-from-Over-100-SA-Residents-and-Organizations-in-Support-of-a-Right-to-Cure-Ordinance