THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, July 24, 2020 Page 9 Over 200 community, labor and religious group call for Emergency Housing Stability Bill W ith the Massachusetts eviction and foreclosure moratorium currently set to expire on August 18 and the legislative session expected to end July 31, over 200 community, labor and religious organizations have signed a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Karen Spilka and Governor Charlie Baker urging them to pass An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery. The bill is sponsored by 89 members of the state legislature, which is nearly half of its members. Proponents say it is the only way to head off an enormous wave of evictions when the current moratorium ends. The state’s eviction/foreclosure moratorium was enacted in April in response to the COVID-19 crisis; State Housing Court officials and landlord advocates predict up to 20,000 eviction cases as soon as it ends. The expiration of increased unemployment payments under the federal CARES Act on July 31 will put even more tenants at risk. months, to prevent foreclosures and provide mortgage deferment options for homeowners and to stabilize landlords with particular emphasis on owner-occupant and small-scale property owners. The letter was organized Residents at risk of eviction rally for housing stability in Boston on June 27. (Photo Courtesy of City Life/Vida Urbana) With new data showing the disproportionate impact of evictions on Black people and communities of color in Massachusetts, and one million state residents still unemployed, the bill’s advocates warn that failure to pass it will exacerbate existing inequities, further entrench systemic racism, harm public health and do tremendous harm to the very areas that have been Everett residents named to Dean’s List at UMass Amherst A MHERST – The following Everett residents were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the spring semester of the 20192020 academic year: Conrado Araujo, Jean-Pierre Netsu Charles, Brenda Meneses Cordeiro, Nyomi Dottin, Brayams Flores Reyes, Brenda Amaral Genium, David Gertz, Shermarie C. Hyppolite, Mandeep Kaur, Shreyek Khadka, Giselle Beatriz Lemus Tejada, Nayelle Doriane Louis, Ayush Manandhar, Jordan Thomas Moran, Sabrina Lisbeth Moreta, Dylan O’Leary, Julianna Paone, Joseph Domenic Pascarella, Terrell Redwood, Molly Solano, Myeonggeun Song, Lily Yee Tran, Sarah Tran and Vincent Vu. In order to qualify, an undergraduate student must receive a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4-point scale. Everett Aluminum 10 Everett Ave., Everett 617-389-3839 Owned & operated by the Conti family since 1958 • 57 Years! “Same name, phone number & address for family since 1958 • 62 over half a century. We must be doing something right!” •Vinyl Siding •Free Estimates •Carpentry Work •Fully Licensed •Decks •Roofing • Fully Insured • Replacement Windows www.everettaluminum.com Now’s the time to schedule those home improvement projects you’ve been dreaming about all winter! Summer is Here! hardest hit by COVID-19. An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery was filed by Representative Kevin Honan, who is the chairperson of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing, and Representative Mike Connolly in the House (HD.5166), and by Senator Pat Jehlen in the Senate (SD.2992). The bill includes provisions to protect renters from eviction for nonpayment related to COVID-19, to halt arbitrary “no fault” evictions and rent increases for 12 by Homes For All Massachusetts, a statewide coalition of community and housing justice groups, and it was signed by over 220 organizations from across the state, including the Massachusetts AFLCIO, Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Western Mass. Coalition for the Homeless, Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, SEIU State Council and Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. The legislation has also been endorsed by the four Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts.

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