LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A local group is urging Governor Asa Hutchinson to order a moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis.
On Monday, Arkansas Renters United sent a letter to the governor asking him to take immediate action.
“We urge you to order an immediate moratorium on all eviction orders to be executed by law enforcement and a halt to all eviction and foreclosure proceedings in the courts while Arkansas battles the spread of the corona virus. Without your immediate action to protect our residents facing eviction, we risk an avoidable increase in homelessness and housing insecurity at a time when it will have the most catastrophic damage, putting these members of our communities and all Arkansans at risk of contracting COVID-19.”
The letter also asks the governor to “identify new subsidies or other ways to increase housing assistance for those who will fall behind on their mortgage and rent payments due to age and health issues that make exposure to the virus more dangerous, job loss because of business closings, the need to care for children as a result of school closings, or care-giving for sick family members.”