NOBODY SHOULD GET KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOME.

Tell Congress: Pass the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act!

CALL CONGRESS:

PASS THE
RENT + MORTGAGE
CANCELLATION ACT!

On April 17, Representative Ilhan Omar introduced HR 6515: the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, which would enact a national rent and mortgage suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. You can read our breakdown of the bill and why we support it here.

Congress needs to hear from us immediately so that it gets fully included in the upcoming stimulus package. Calling only takes a few minutes – grab your phone and get started.

1. Practice reading the script below out loud. Add in details about who you are and what’s important to you. (Or, ditch the script and write your own message!)
2. Grab your phone, if it isn’t already nearby.
3. Fill out the form to the right.
4. Click the ‘Make the Call’ button.
5. Answer the phone when it rings. You’ll first hear a recorded message about the bill, then your call will be patched through to your Representative’s office phone.
6. Leave your message with a staff member, or leave a voicemail if no one picks up.

  • An eviction moratorium is a fine start, but it’s not a solution. Moratorium periods will end, and tenants like me will face a pile of debt and mass evictions. We must cancel rent, fees, and debt entirely.
  • As the rollout of $1,200 stimulus checks from the CARES Act shows, relief policies that call for rental assistance for individuals are unlikely to reach the people who need them the most. A full and universal rent cancellation is the only policy solution that matches the scope of the problem and effectively reaches a huge swath of people at risk of homelessness.

SAMPLE SCRIPT

Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am asking you to co-sponsor HR 6515: Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, and that you fight to cancel rents and mortgages in the next stimulus package.

Rent and mortgage cancellation is the only policy that is universally inclusive, prevents debt traps, and ensures tenants’ rights are protected when their landlord requests relief funds. Any other option would worsen the structural problems in our profit-driven housing system.

ADD YOUR PERSONAL STORY
— I was laid off because of coronavirus, and can’t afford rent…
— My landlord threatened to evict me…
— My landlord raised rent prices once the outbreak started…

On April 17, Representative Ilhan Omar introduced H.R. 6515: the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, which would enact a national rent and mortgage suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
You can read our breakdown of the bill and why we support it here.
 
Congress needs to hear from us immediately so that it gets fully included in the upcoming stimulus package. Calling only takes a few minutes – grab your phone and get started.

1. Practice reading the script below out loud. Add in details about who you are and what’s important to you. (Or, ditch the script and write your own message!)
2. Grab your phone, if it isn’t already nearby.
3. Fill out the form to the right.
4. Click the ‘Make the Call’ button.
5. Answer the phone when it rings. You’ll first hear a recorded message about the bill, then your call will be patched through to your Representative’s office phone.
6. Leave your message with a staff member, or leave a voicemail if no one picks up.

  • An eviction moratorium is a fine start, but it’s not a solution. Moratorium periods will end, and tenants like me will face a pile of debt and mass evictions. We must cancel rent, fees, and debt entirely.
  • As the rollout of $1,200 stimulus checks from the CARES Act shows, relief policies that call for rental assistance for individuals are unlikely to reach the people who need them the most. A full and universal rent cancellation is the only policy solution that matches the scope of the problem and effectively reaches a huge swath of people at risk of homelessness.

SAMPLE SCRIPT
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD]. I am asking you to co-sponsor HR 6515: Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, and that you fight to cancel rents and mortgages in the next stimulus package.

Rent and mortgage cancellation is the only policy that is universally inclusive, prevents debt traps, and ensures tenants’ rights are protected when their landlord requests relief funds. Any other option would worsen the structural problems in our profit-driven housing system.

ADD YOUR PERSONAL STORY
— I was laid off because of coronavirus, and am forced to choose between rent and…
— My landlord threatened to evict me…
— My landlord raised rent prices once the outbreak started…

ENDORSED BY

People’s Action
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Action Center for Race and the Economy (ACRE)
American Federation of Teachers – Chicago Black Caucus
Alliance for Community Transit – Los Angeles (ACT-LA)
Alliance for Housing Justice
Be a Hero
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Berkeley Tenants Union
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Community Change
Center for Health, Environment & Justice
Center for Popular Democracy
Chicago Votes
Citizen Action of New York
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)
Community Voices Heard
Crenshaw Subway Coalition
Data for Progress
Democratic Socialists of America
Democratic Socialists of America – Chicago
Democratic Socialists of America – Los Angeles
Demos
Dream Corps
Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa
Faith In Action – Bay Area
Faith In Action – East Bay
Imani Community Church
Faith In The Valley
Flatbush Tenant Coalition
Friends of the Earth US
Grassroots Global Justice
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA)
Greenpeace USA
Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART)
Housing Justice for All – New York
Housing LOUISIANA
Housing NOLA
Housing Now! – California
Indigeonous Environmental Network
Indivisible
Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC)
InnerCity Struggle
Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia
Institute for Policy Studies
Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America
Jane Addams Senior Caucus
Jobs with Justice
Just Community Energy Transition Project
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
LA Forward
Latinos United for a New America (LUNA)
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Liberty Community Land Trust
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
Make the Road New York
Met Council on Housing
MHAction
Monument Impact
MoveOn
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Equality Action Team
NYCC
ONE DC
ONE Northside
One Redwood City
ParentsTogether Action
Partnership for the Public Good
Partnership for Working Families
People Organized for Westside Renewal
PICO – California
PolicyLink
PowerCA Action
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Public Advocates
Raise-Op Housing Cooperative
Raise Your Hand
Rebuild The Dream
Reclaim Philadelphia
Resident Action Project
RESULTS
Right to Counsel NYC
Right to the City
RISE Coalition
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)
San Diego County Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California
San Diego Organizing Project
Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
SEIU
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – Bay Area
Silicon Valley De-Bug
Social Security Works
Social Security Works – California
SolidarityINFOService
Sunrise Movement
Take Action MN
Tenants Political Action Committee
Tenants Union of Brattleboro
The Democracy Collaborative
The Movement for Black Lives
True North Organizing Network
UAW 2865
United Neighbors of the 35th Ward
United Tenants of Albany (UTA)
United We Dream
Venice Community Housing
VOCAL-NY
Washington CAN
Western Regional Advocacy Project
Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge and Services (WORKS)
Working Families Party
Working Partnerships USA

TWEET YOUR REP

The Rent & Mortgage Cancellation Act (#HR6515) is my only hope to keep my home during #COVID19. [@YOUR REP], will you co-sponsor & guarantee it’s in the next stimulus bill? #CancelRent #HomesGuarantee

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