We need a Rent and Mortgage Freeze in Massachusetts
The coronavirus outbreak has been described as "the single most threatening pandemic to arise in the last century" and has plunged the economic system into a widespread shutdown the likes of which haven't been seen since the Great Depression.
As a result, tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents are now struggling to make rent or pay their mortgage. State Rep. Mike Connolly is working in partnership with housing justice organizers and colleagues in state and local government to advance legislation to stop evictions and foreclosures, freeze rents and mortgage payments, and guarantee Housing For All in Massachusetts.
Add your name to show support for these policies and to get updates about how you can help us win protections for renters, homeowners, and small businesses in our communities.
These policies include:
- Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency — Filed by Reps. Connolly and Honan on March 13, signed into law by Gov. Baker on April 20.
- Temporary Rent Freeze and Protections for Tenants who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 emergency — draft published on April 1 and now available for public comment. Ensures any rent that goes unpaid as a result of lost income during the COVID-19 emergency cannot be used as the basis for evicting a tenant during the emergency or after, and provides stability for tenants for at least 12 months after the emergency ends, while also stopping negative credit reporting against tenants.
- Homeowner Protection Act — SD.2889, filed by Sen. Moore and co-sponsored by Rep. Connolly and several others. Establishes a deferment program for mortgagees. Incorporated into final Eviction and Foreclosure legislation signed into law on April 20.
- Anti-Eviction Protections for Small Businesses, Restaurants, and Local Retail — supported by Rep. Connolly as recommended by the recent report Grassroots Relief For Main Street, incorporated into final Eviction and Foreclosure legislation signed into law on April 20.
- Right to Counsel Legislation — bills filed by Sens. DiDomenico, Reps. Rogers, Day, and Tyler, and co-sponsored by Rep. Connolly and others, to ensure low income people have access to resources to prevent eviction and stabilize housing.
- Tenant Protection Act — H.3924, filed by Reps. Connolly and Elugardo, now pending before Housing Committee, would lift the statewide ban on rent control and allow municipal officials to craft protections that make sense on the local level. In addition, HD.4956, filed by Reps. Sabadosa and Mark and co-sponsored by Rep. Connolly and others, would lift the statewide ban on rent control for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
- Housing For All — H.3887, filed by Rep. Connolly and pending before the Revenue Committee, seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to help end homelessness via a tax on large corporations.
By adding your name to this online petition, you will be indicating support for these general concepts. Rep. Connolly and our team will keep you informed on our efforts, keep you posted on ways you can advocate for these bills, and help you get connected with the Homes For All Massachusetts coalition and other grassroots groups who are working to advance this agenda.