Apr 09

HT Tristan Pettit

This WaPo article is a good read, should read piece. The bottom line is if the rent is paid evictions for nonpayment stop, eliminating the need for moratoriums.

There was a need for stopgap measures at the beginning. Today everyone would be best served by effectively using the money that is currently available to pay for the housing of people who truly are in need.

The idea is to get the money to renters before courts nationwide begin processing evictions again.

“We are running the Emergency Rental Assistance Program every day like we’re going to lose the moratorium tomorrow,” said a Treasury Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the program before any formal announcements.

Washington Post The $50 billion race to save America’s renters from eviction

Nov 07

https://www.greaterohio.org/publications/2020/11/4/local-interventions-for-eviction-prevention-and-why-they-are-needed

The Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) has released Local Interventions for Eviction Prevention and Why They Are Needed, a guide for laying the groundwork to support Ohio renters and prevent evictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Experts anticipate a tsunami of evictions to begin in January 2021. Given the limited state dollars available and the uncertainty of additional federal dollars, local governments must take the lead to protect their residents. This Working Paper profiles interventions from around the state in order to provide ideas and templates for communities that need housing stabilization programming.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59396fee59cc6877bacf5ab5/t/5fa3267c92abc63d53774755/1604527743492/Local+Rent+Assistance+Working+Paper.pdf

Some interesting concepts.  One is Pay and Stay, which I would support:

Community Spotlight: Pay to Stay Ordinance, Village of Yellow Springs Under “Pay to Stay,” a landlord is obligated to accept back rent (including reasonable late fees and court costs) up to the point where the bailiff is knocking on the door to begin physically removing tenants’ belongings. Pay to stay prevents a landlord from evicting a tenant where the tenant can pay back rent and reasonable late fees prior to the eviction judgment. If the eviction has been granted, the tenant can stop the eviction by paying back rent, reasonable late fees and court costs.

Dec 05

Deco Drive, an East Coast show similar to Entertainment Tonight and TMZ, aired a segment last night featuring my wife’s, Carmen Ballering, couture fashion created out of uninflated balloons. This was a ramp up to Carmen’s Art Basel exhibit that starts in a couple of hours.

Here is a clip:

WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miam Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

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