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Your city needs to stop these 2 things right now.

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Right now. In the United States there is an eviction crisis and I'm not even talking about related to the corona virus. I'm talking about before the corona virus when it was alleged that we had a good healthy economy right now and this is I'm talking about right up. Until the corona virus. There were four evictions in this country for Evictions. Every minute all day. Twenty four hours a day every day. Three hundred sixty five days a year. That's over two million families every year at risk of losing their home. Two million evictions per year. Why is that? It's because housing prices are skyrocketing and they have been for years particularly in coastal cities. But not just that not just in San Francisco where rent is so high in the entire bay area of California really in almost all of California here in Brooklyn where I live but not just in Brooklyn in Austin Texas in so many other places. The rents and the housing costs and homeownership is getting so expensive. And here's what's happening. People can no longer afford to live in the places where they were born where they went to school where their whole families now live where their jobs are where their kids go to school so today. Housing is the biggest cost in the typical family's monthly budget and it's a bigger and bigger share of that monthly budget. Well as you could imagine. The Corona virus is making all of that worse people are getting laid off and I just read an article this morning that said fifty percent of all American jobs right now. Fifty percent of all American jobs are at risk. Do you understand that. Almost a hundred million jobs are at risk of being lost. People are already getting laid off of work. Restaurants are closing stores are closing. There is now less less shift. Work people are taking fewer. Uber's an Uber and lift was basically serving as like a band aid for the American economy. When you couldn't find a job you just become an uber driver. There is less Gig work. In general people are getting sick. Now all over this country Your kids are home. All of our kids are home right now because schools are closing down. Almost every college in the country has now shut down now. Elementary schools middle schools high schools. Childcare centers are shutting down which means so. Many people aren't being paid and you can't get paid. Guess what you can't afford the rent so what we need to happen right now and needs to happen. Today is for our elected leaders to completely ban evictions. No more evictions right now period. It has to happen because we need people to stay in their homes. That's what's good for those families but the truth is it's good for the entire country right now for us to not have homelessness. Homelessness is not only unsafe for the people who are not housed. It's unsafe in the age of the corona virus. It's unsafe for everybody. We are supposed to be quarantined in our houses to protect each other. The last thing we need is more families desperately out in the community searching for a new place to live because they've been victims or worse homeless. It's a public health nightmare. And that's how the corona virus spreads. We need to stop it. And here's the beautiful thing. Officials are starting to act so the city of Philadelphia has halted all evictions. San Francisco has halted all evictions. New York has banned evictions now. Statewide I it was the city of New York. Now what's the state of New York? Where does your city land? Where does your state land because we need this to be the policy all over the country and the second thing is even for the people who are able to maintain their homes? That are either able to pay the rent or are not being evicted. Even people who are able to stay in their homes. We have to ban as it's outrageous that we even have to say this. We have to ban the shut off of all utilities. I'm talking about water gas and electricity. We have to ban the shut off of electricity. People cannot families who now have all of their children at home cannot be without any of those things without heat without electricity with without the power that they need to be able to maintain just a basic safe daily life in their homes. Because here's the thing even when people are able to pay their rent? There's often not enough left over to cover. Utilities particularly now but water gas and electric are vital. You can't effectively live in this country without them and that's even more so now as people are. Lou are losing wages due to shutdowns and jobs loss. Here's the thing we need every local and state government to act right now to ban shutting off people's water because they can't pay the bill because they got laid off during the corona virus. Here's the thing whoever it is like if you've if your livelihood has been impacted right now. We don't need anybody's utilities being shut off if you can't pay your electricity bill because you've had to stay home with your kids when your kid's school got cancelled. Listen your electricity. Needs to stay on and and already again. We're seeing leaders lead in Pennsylvania statewide. They've announced that utilities will not be shut off in Detroit thankfully. They announced that they will not shut off water over people who cannot pay their bills. And that's book. That has been an infuriating crisis in Detroit and all over Michigan as the price of water has gone sky. High people are not able to to pay those water bills. And then just been cutting off people's water like how do you expect a family to live without water? The Saint Louis Mayor has just banned the shut off of water for ninety days so waters one thing but we need utility companies. We need mayors. City Councils Governor's state legislatures to say. Listen We are not shutting off utilities. And here's the thing. I don't even know that he can just be that. We don't shut them off but the bills continue to pile up and in sixty days or ninety days. If you haven't paid it it's shut off like we're GONNA and Americans are going to need support to pay those bills and and my frustration. Is that what we're learning? Is that the American economy was not built to withstand this type of crisis. We don't have universal health care. We don't have guaranteed housing. We don't have something like a universal basic income where everybody has a bare minimum of a thousand dollars. Two thousand dollars a month just to start with to live off of. And here's here's what we're saying. As people have been advocating for these types of policies for months and years and some leaders have been advocating for these policies literally for generations. Now we need them all of a sudden. What we're learning is that the United States really does not have a social safety net and as our country has spent billions even trillions of dollars on war and on incarceration investing trillions of dollars into those systems. What we're learning is that the most basic systems to protect people during a crisis like this healthcare utilities income unemployment insurance You know just basic policies family paid family and sick leave. We don't have them