What are these recommendations about?
While COVID-19 cases spread throughout the United States and across the world, and as governments at all levels consider protective measures for their residents, housing stability – especially for the most vulnerable among us – must rank as a critical priority in our actions. Community-based organizations across California’s Central Valley, are calling for bold, decisive and swift action on the part of our public officials to ensure that residents are able to remain in their homes in order to minimize the spread of the virus, protect public health, and avoid potentially long-lasting and devastating consequences of the pandemic.
How do they align with yli’s values?
Residents across the Central Valley – including many of our youth and their families – have struggled to pay their rent or their mortgage and remain in their homes long before this current crisis, with upwards of 50% of all residents in many of our counties paying unaffordable rents and mortgage rates. Low-income residents and renters are the most burdened, with majorities of low-income Central Valley households paying over half of their income on housing each month. For these residents who already struggle to meet their housing costs in a normal month, the myriad of financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will simply make it impossible for many of these individuals and families to stay in their homes without robust protective measures in place.
What is yli doing about it?
We have just signed this letter, drafted by Faith in the Valley, providing Central Valley public officials a series of key recommendations to keep families in their homes. And, we are voicing our support on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.