We, the young people from the Social Justice Leadership Academy ask you to join us in a march to ensure housing security for our communities. Stand with us to protect the residents of Hudson and prevent people across NY from losing any more in the already trying time.
The march comes a day after the end of the New York State coronavirus eviction moratorium. Despite the drastic economic impact of coronavirus and the continued health risks of evicting residents, on August 5 New York housing courts begin processing evictions again and children all across New York State will lose their homes.
The crisis of the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to lose education, jobs, homes and in some cases, their lives or loved ones. We seek to put an end to at least one of those hardships.Over 46% of New Yorkers are currently are risk of eviction in the coming weeks and months. We, the youth of the Social Justice Leadership Academy are issuing demands that our elected representatives take major steps towards universal housing.
Our first demands are:
- Extend The Eviction Moratorium Extend the length of time before evictions are permitted until after the end of the pandemic.
- Cancel Rent Rescind rent payment for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that the total accumulated debt of rent payers does not grow for the remainder of the pandemic.
- Housing Access Voucher Program Re-house 92,000 houseless New Yorkers, and provide permanent rent relief to these members of our communities.
- Affordable Housing Pass the local law to regulate short-term rentals and open up the availability of long-term rental units in Hudson for our families and residents.
We believe that housing is a human right and is fundamental to our health. It should not to stripped for the sake of individual financial gain.The march begins at 4:00 p.m. from the entrance to Promenade Hill at Warren and Front streets.