County must extend eviction protections
Posted on August 10, 2020 by Sonoma Valley Sun
As the Board of Supervisors once again takes up a review of Sonoma County’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium, Sonoma Valley Housing Group urges [it] to strengthen the ordinance to reflect the ongoing rental housing crisis.
While there are no statistics to adequately measure the current COVID-19 catastrophe for Sonoma County renters, we know that 47% of renter-occupied households were rent-burdened and a quarter were severely rent-burdened in 2016.
Please consider that these measures should be instituted immediately:
-no eviction for rent debt accumulated during the state of emergency. Take eviction off the table!
-extend the moratorium for one year
-ban all evictions
-no requirements to provide documented proof or notification to a landlord that a tenant lost income due to COVID-19
Nobody wants to withhold the rent. The stress is overwhelming and consequences dire: displacement, dislocation and upheaval. This is nothing new. With all due speed, Sonoma County must follow in the footsteps of other Bay Area communities2,3 to ensure that evictions due to rent debt accumulated during the state of emergency are prohibited, If you do not, many people currently housed will simultaneously become homeless.
— Dave Ransom, Chair, Sonoma Valley Housing Group