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Key Decision Makers Need to Hear From You

State lawmakers have ten days to decide if they will let the statewide eviction moratorium expire or use their power to ensure tenants can stay housed through the ongoing pandemic. Each of us has the power to work together and ensure lawmakers pass this critical bill in time. Call or email today in support of AB 15, rent forgiveness, and support for non-profit housing providers and small landlords experiencing financial hardship. AB 15 will extend the statewide eviction moratorium (AB 3088) until the end of 2021. It will give struggling tenants more time to regain employment and financial stability so that they don’t lose their homes during a pandemic. Without AB 15, tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19 could face eviction starting February 1st. That’s just 10 days away! 


What To Say / Key Talking Points

  • It should be passed as written: AB 15 was thoughtfully crafted by advocates who work directly with low-income tenants and tenants of color, who’ve been most severely impacted by COVID-19. Because of this, it should be passed as written. In particular, the eviction moratorium should be extended until the end of 2021. It should also allow local governments to meet the needs of local communities by passing measures that are more protective of vulnerable renters.
  • The State should take responsibility for rental debt: Millions of essential workers - who are disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, and immigrant - lost work and income due to the important public health measures taken to combat COVID-19. They shouldn’t be burdened with debt as a result. The State should utilize federal relief and take responsibility and forgive COVID-related rental debt so that working-class families can get back on their feet and we can all work together to end the racial wealth gap.
  • The State should keep the most vulnerable housing providers solvent: While too many of our homes are controlled by profit-rich corporations, small landlords and non-profit affordable housing providers have struggled during the pandemic due to lost rental income. The State should provide targeted financial assistance to the most vulnerable property owners so that they can remain solvent.
  • Share Your Story: If you or someone you care about has been financially impacted by the pandemic or been harmed by eviction in the past, share how it impacts you or your community. These stories are powerful and important to lawmakers. They break through the overwhelm and repetition - they help lawmakers see and feel the potential impact of their decisions. Share your story along with 1-2 of the main priorities, listed above.


These five elected officials have the most power in moving AB 15 forward and ensuring it passes. We recommend you contact all five decision makers.  

Governor Gavin Newsom
Call: 916-445-2841
Email: web portal

Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins 
Call: 916-651-4039
Email: web portal

Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg  
Call: 916-651-4018
Email: web portal

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon 
Call: 916-319-2063
Email: web portal

Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes 
Call: 916-319-2047
Email: web portal

You can also contact your legislator and Governor Newsom using this template letter from Housing California

Thank you for joining us in action today, the first day of a new federal administration, a historic day indeed. We hope this new chapter enables us to win more of what our communities need to get through the pandemic and rebuild into the cities and neighborhoods we long for. 

-the team here at EBHO

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