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Press release: ACORN holding art build to demand government stop COVID-19 evictions

Low- and moderate-income tenants are fighting back against the recent wave of eviction notices by demanding the Province step in. 

For Release, May 20th 2021. 

Contact Sydnee Blum for more information and to speak with ACORN spokespeople: halifax1@acorncanada.org.

(Halifax, NS) Those who couldn’t make rent payments on May 1st are now getting served eviction notices for late rent, meanwhile other tenants are facing displacement because landlords are selling their homes, or want to evict them to raise the rent. With the third wave it’s more crucial than ever that we ensure everyone has a roof over their heads. ACORN is calling for the province to reinstate a ban on COVID evictions. 

Instead of gathering for a protest, ACORN is holding an art build to demonstrate to the province that we need a ban on evictions during the state of emergency. 

WHAT: Art Build to Ban COVID Evictions 

WHEN: Friday, May 21st from 12pm onwards 

WHERE: Alderney Landing Parkette (across from Alderney Landing) 

ACORN is encouraging people to drop off signs and banners in support of an eviction ban and drop by the Alderney Landing testing site for a asymptomatic COVID test. 

ACORN COVID-19 Demands: 

– Ban all evictions during the state of emergency (except for those for uninhabitable apartments or immediate safety risks to other tenants). 

– Open hotels and motels to those sleeping on the streets or in shelters with a commitment to move towards a Housing for All model. 

– Create a Rent Relief Grant for tenants in rental arrears because of COVID-19. 

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For more details, tenant testimonials, and to speak with ACORN spokespeople contact Halifax organizer Sydnee Blum at halifax1@acorncanada.org or call 647-500-2586. 

“Nova Scotia ACORN is an independent community organization of low- and moderate-income people and the largest tenant union in the Province, fighting for affordable housing, a living wage, and better communities across Nova Scotia.”

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