Protect Tenants in Spokane County


Right now in Spokane, the vast majority of renters are hourly wage workers. Among those tenants, non-essential workers that cannot work from home have lost employment and income supporting state and local stay home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the Spokane region healthy. While renters are currently protected from eviction by a statewide moratorium it does not pay the rent. Rent continues to be due whether or not they receive a paycheck.

Urge Spokane County Commissioners to use funds from the CARES Act to create a rental assistance fund that includes emergency tenant protections so renters do not become displaced after landlords receive payment.

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Message Recipients:
Josh Kerns, District 1, 2020 Vice-Chair
Mary Kuney, District 2, 2020 Commissioner
Al French, District 3, 2020 Chair

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Protect Tenants in Spokane County
Dear Commissioners,

Thank you for considering the needs of everyone in Spokane County as you allocate funds from the CARES Act to address the COVID-19 health crisis and the economic recovery of the Spokane region.

I urge you to distribute those funds based upon population so local governments can meet the needs of their specific communities and to create rental assistance to maintain housing stability as workers prepare to return to their jobs.

We call on Spokane County, the City of Spokane, and the City of Spokane Valley to include these emergency tenant protections:

1. Establish a rental assistance program. The government entity (county, city) should pay 80% of rent owed directly to the landlord in agreement for just cause protections and no rent increases until 2021.

2. Allow renters 12 months to pay back rent with no penalties, interest or fees accrued after the moratorium on evictions is ended.

We also urge those funds to be used for medical personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 tests, and evidence-based, culturally competent, and privacy-protecting contact tracing, as well as basic food, shelter, child care, and transportation for all, including undocumented families and individuals in order to provide for the safe and healthy re-opening of business in Spokane County.

We are all in this together.


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