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File #: 20-0232R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action: Governor Hogan and Evictions
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/22/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 6/22/2020
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Title: Request for State Action: Governor Hogan and Evictions For the purpose of calling on Governor Hogan to allocate at least $175 million for rental assistance and eviction prevention in Maryland from Coronavirus Relief Funds or another source; to expand the eviction moratorium to cover all types of eviction cases and to extend the moratorium until the public health emergency has ended and sufficient financial assistance is available for residents to avoid eviction; and to take all other necessary steps to prevent homelessness and evictions during the public health emergency.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, John T. Bullock, Mary Pat Clarke, Shannon Sneed, Kristerfer Burnett, Sharon Green Middleton, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Zeke Cohen, Robert Stokes, Sr., Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Eviction, Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 20-0232R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action: Governor Hogan and Evictions
For the purpose of calling on Governor Hogan to allocate at least $175 million for rental assistance and eviction prevention in Maryland from Coronavirus Relief Funds or another source; to expand the eviction moratorium to cover all types of eviction cases and to extend the moratorium until the public health emergency has ended and sufficient financial assistance is available for residents to avoid eviction; and to take all other necessary steps to prevent homelessness and evictions during the public health emergency.
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Whereas, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has ordered Maryland’s trial courts to gradually return to “full operations” this summer, with evictions and foreclosures to resume on July 25, 2020;

Whereas, The Chief Judge and the Governor’s moratoria on evictions only delayed evictions for non-payment of rent, but did nothing to suspend rent obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic;

Whereas, The City of Baltimore is currently facing its highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression, and unemployment benefits are not sufficient;

Whereas, Rental housing providers are reporting that May 2020 rent delinquency rates are 100% higher than the May 2019 rent delinquency rates - and that there are even higher delinquency rates in family ...

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