Tenants, housing advocates call for end to evictions during pandemic

Updated: November 19, 2020 11:13 PM
Created: November 19, 2020 10:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Tenants and housing advocates Thursday called for an end to evictions during this pandemic.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state's eviction ban through Jan. 1, but evictions are still happening right here in Rochester. 

The Rochester Housing Justice Alliance says they successfully stopped a family from being evicted this week.

Now, they're calling for state and local legislation to put an immediate moratorium on evictions. 

"It's ridiculous what's going on right now. We're telling people the numbers are higher with COVID. We're telling people they need to stay in their houses, but yet this city is allowing evictions to happen and that is unacceptable," one speaker said.

The City of Rochester did respond Thursday night saying it's committed to helping both tenants and landlords adversely affected by the pandemic. 

The city says it cannot unilaterally place a moratorium on evictions but it is researching the issue and assisting people.

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