Advocacy Groups Call for Rent & Utility Relief During Coronavirus Emergency

Dallas-Fort Worth (WBAP/KLIF) – Advocacy groups are calling for rent and utility relief during the coronavirus emergency

A petition effort calls for the City of Dallas and Dallas County to place an immediate moratorium on all evictions and utility shut-offs.

in the meantime, Wes Helm with ‘Faith in Texas‘ suggests that residents contact their utility, as some are already deferring payments. The organization is also looking beyond the immediate emergency at how to make impacted residents whole in the long-term.

The City of Denton has suspended utility shutoffs as part of its local emergency declaration.

The City of Plano is discussing all aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout.

Listen for more from Wes Helm with Faith in Texas

Petition circulated by Texas New Era

“As work and earning a paycheck become increasingly more challenging during this time, we need to make sure our local governments do all that is in their power to ensure this crisis will not impact our ability to maintain our housing, electricity and water. You can help today by signing our letter written by our coalition Communitie

s United for a Greater Dallas, calling on the City of Dallas and Dallas County to place an immediate moratorium on all evictions and utility shut-offs.

During the duration of this crisis, and the months of economic hardship that will follow, we believe it is a moral and public health imperative that people‚Äôs homes and essential utilities are secure. Sign our letter to encourage our city and county officials to take the strongest possible action to ensure people are able to stay in their homes during and after the COVID-19 crisis.”

 

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