Gloria, Colleagues Call for Statewide Moratorium on Evictions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Assemblymember Gloria Requests Governor Newsom Halt Evictions Statewide as State Deals with Coronavirus

SAN DIEGO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and 30 of his legislative colleagues are calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions as the State continues dealing with the COVID-19 public health crisis. This comes as one million Californians have filed for unemployment and the Governor’s shelter in-place executive order remains in effect until further notice.

In the midst of this crisis, we cannot allow renters to be put on the street because of their inability to pay – not right now,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “Our priority must continue to be keeping Californians healthy and safe, and to flatten the curve by encouraging Californians to stay home. Allowing evictions to occur in any part of the State puts all this at risk.

The letter, which was officially sent to Governor Newsom late yesterday, requests Governor Newsom implement a statewide moratorium on all evictions for the duration of the state of emergency by executive order. The letter notes that other states such as New York, Oregon, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Minnesota have already implemented statewide action to halt evictions.

This request was made on the same day that Governor Newsom secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect homeowners and consumers. Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for relief upon contacting their financial institution.

"Through the power of his office, Governor Newsom took a major step to protect homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments because of this disaster,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “More work is definitely  needed, but now is the time for us to take steps to protect renters as well as landlords who also should not have to experience foreclosure or penalties as a result of this public health crisis.”

Letter to Governor Requesting Eviction Moratorium March 25 SIGNED.pdf