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 attributable to monetary losses associated to COVID-19.

The choice would re-establish the Marin County Native Expulsion Cease, which was outdated by Meeting Invoice 2179 in March. The invoice was enacted by the state legislature to supply eviction safety for renters going through monetary hardship through 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 September 30.

A 3-month moratorium extension will permit 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 as a way to present COVID-19 lease reduction, in line with county paperwork. Up to now, about $22 million from this fund has been distributed to greater than 1,000 Marin households.

On the nationwide stage, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of shade and put them much more liable to housing displacement.

In Marin, greater than two-thirds of the non-Hispanic white inhabitants are owners, 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 helpful by officers on the county’s Neighborhood Growth Company, who mentioned extending the moratorium by 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] mentioned Allen Tanilian, planner on the company. “We would have liked to enact safety within the meantime to make sure these on the ready checklist had been protected whereas they waited for assist.”

The remaining quantity is anticipated to be spent by September 30. Precedence will likely be given to low-income residents. Marin County native businesses 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,” mentioned Sheryl Baddack, CEO of North Marin Neighborhood Providers.

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

“In the course of the pandemic, now we have undoubtedly seen a rise in want,” mentioned Liliana Ballou, Badack’s fellow, director of group assist companies. “By way of rental help, we had been capable of be part of what was then a weekly collaboration assembly with Marin County and different accomplice organizations to fulfill and assist Marin County residents.”

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

Paddack stories that it has seen a 33 % enhance in wants and help because the begin of the pandemic, and has since expanded its foundations to fulfill demand.

The Novato Metropolis Council will take into account the choice to halt the evictions on Tuesday.

Marin County officers suggest anybody who wants help looking 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 an eviction might be discovered on the county’s COVID-19 Tenant Safety webpage.

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