Healthy LA Coalition: Fighting to Keep People in their Homes During the Crisis

The UUSM Faith In Action Commission is signatory to the Healthy LA Coalition, a network of more than 330 advocacy organizations, worker centers, labor unions, congregations, community groups, affordable housing developers, public interest lawyers, public health and safety organizations, and many more uniting to address the devastating social and economic impact of the pandemic and to achieve just relief, recovery, and reconstruction.

At the Sunday, December 20th meeting of the Faith In Action: Peace & Social Justice Committee, we will hear directly about the coalition’s work and how we can do more to support it from our good friend and ally Rev. Rae Huang of Healthy LA and LA Voice.

More info on how you can help:

Since March 2020, Healthy LA has been pressuring LA city and county elected officials to ensure the response to the COVID-19 pandemic not only protects our community’s health, but also addresses the fundamental racial and economic inequities impacting vulnerable Angelenos. Together we have done so much already — see the coalition’s accomplishments here.

Healthy LA is now gearing up for our biggest fight yet, and perhaps the most crucial. Since our inception, one of Healthy LA’s priorities has been rent forgiveness and mortgage suspension. The Cancel Rent/Cancel Mortgages Platform proposes to make this priority a reality through a variety of policy mechanisms that will aid struggling renters, homeowners, and small landlords. Here is the full platform in English and Spanish.

With that statewide eviction moratorium ending in less than 7 weeks, we need to take action now and push the Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors to adopt our platform. Otherwise, millions of our neighbors face risk of eviction, homelessness, infection, and death.

2020 has been one of the toughest years in memory, but it has also united us in making Los Angeles a healthier and more equitable place. Healthy LA is currently over 330 organizations strong–we can do this!

We are urging the Los Angeles City Council and the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County to sign the Housing is Health Pledge and commit to introduce and vote in support of policies that:

  • Cancel Rent (Download Policy Platform in ENGLISH and SPANISH)
  • Cancel Mortgage debt of homeowners and small landlords
  • Codify a Right to Counsel for tenants facing eviction
  • Stop the Sweeps of our unhoused neighbors’ possessions and allocate funding to guarantee permanent housing to our unhoused neighbors, starting with Project Room Key participants

To send a message to your representatives, please use THIS FORM.

 

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