Clarke, NY Congressional Delegation urges Hochul to extend eviction, foreclosure moratorium

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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.
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Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined by 12 members of the New York Congressional Delegation in urging Gov. Kathy Hochul, Temporary President Stewart-Cousin and Speaker Heastie on the need to extend New York’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium, which expired Jan. 15.

In their letter, the members highlighted the critical condition affecting hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and their families who are now at risk of losing their homes.

With 591,000 households across New York State, the vast majority of which inhabited by people of color and low-income individuals, congressional representatives said the expiration of the eviction moratorium would lead to “needless upheaval, amounting to unnecessary and preventable devastation.

“When considering the ongoing pandemic, the necessity of affordable housing for the stability and safety of communities, and the danger faced by those affected, extending New York’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium constitutes a required and just humanitarian action,” they said in a letter to Hochul and the other State officials.

“We believe an extension of the eviction moratorium is the best solution to ensure the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially as we continue through the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic brings forth,” added the members.

“We share your commitment to deliver housing stability for New Yorkers, and, therefore, we urge you to take the necessary actions within your authority to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium,” they urged.

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