400,000 Call on Congress to Freeze Rent/Mortgage/Utility Payments for American Families
ParentsTogether survey indicates almost half of families already can’t afford basic necessities.
NEW YORK - As millions of families struggle to pay their bills as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, 403,525 people have signed a petition created by ParentsTogether Action, calling on Congress to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and order a full moratorium on evictions/foreclosures.
“The stimulus bill is a first step, but it’s not enough for most families and leaves out many altogether. Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis,” said Justin Ruben, Co-Director of ParentsTogether. “Parents are telling us they won’t be able to pay rent unless they cut back on vital food or medication -- this isn’t a choice we should be forcing people to make.”
- 68% of families are struggling as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Between March 18 to March 26, the percentage of families surveyed with children under 18 who have lost income increased from 33% to 48%. (See results from March 18 here.)
- Only 38% say they’ll be able to pay their rent/mortgage on April 1 in full, without cutting back on other necessities like food. Just 30% are confident they’ll be able to pay their May rent/mortgage.
- Half of families are already having to trade off between paying for basics like rent, utilities, healthcare, or food.
- 82% of respondents are worried about having enough money to cover basic housing and food costs within three months. 46% are worried about running out within the next two weeks.
- Over two-thirds of respondents say that the emergency one-time payment coming to many Americans will help tide them over for a month or less.
People around the country are sharing their stories about the bills they face and can’t pay by April 1 using the hashtags #RentFreeze2020 and #MortgageFreeze.
ParentsTogether has parents available to discuss the struggles they’re facing right now and will be working to stay in touch with families throughout the next few months. As a resource to parents in the very short term, the organization has launched Coronavirus Parents, a Facebook group where parents are sharing resources, ideas, small victories and strategies for getting through the crisis.
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