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Media release: Rent freeze and eviction ban, COVID-19 phone-in action is today

NOVA SCOTIA ACORN – COVID-19 PHONE-IN ACTION FOR RENT FREEZE AND EVICTION BAN

Momentum builds for Rent Freeze and Full Eviction Ban in Nova Scotia.

Contact Halifax ACORN spokesperson Sydnee Blum, or ACORN staff John Anderson at fielddirector@ACORNCanada.org

(Halifax, NS) ACORN and allies are ramping up their campaign for a rent freeze and eviction ban during the COVID-19 Epidemic with a Phone-In Action after getting thousands of signatures on their petition. By directing tenants to call their MLA and the Premier the Phone-In action will send a clear message that more needs to be done to prevent a housing catastrophe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WHAT: COVID-19 PHONE-IN ACTION FOR RENT FREEZE AND EVICTION BAN

WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday March 25, 12PM to 3PM 

ACORN’s Sydnee Blum summarizes why she is organizing the event: “Countless workers have been laid off or had to dramatically cut back their working hours because of COVID-19, what happens come April 1st when many of us cannot pay our rent? It is unconscionable to ask people to pay what little they have to keep a roof over their heads during a pandemic; which the government clearly agrees with since they are offering mortgage relief for property owners. Tenants need the same kind of security and financial relief so that we can keep ourselves and our communities safe..”

The COVID-19 Rent Freeze Petition has gotten thousands of signatures, and has spurred this further action.  ACORN’s COVID-19 online action has generated  thousands of emails to Premier McNeil and Justin Trudeau asking for immediate help.  

The announcement made by Premier McNeil which bans evictions for people affected by COVID-19 is inadequate. For example, tenants being renovicted are not covered by the ban, and will be on the streets in the middle of the worst health crisis in over 100 years unless something is done.  

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