Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-01-13 23:37:48 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) —Housing advocates protested outside Lexington’s mayor Linda Gorton’s house Wednesday night and continued to urge the mayor to implement an eviction ban until late spring.
“We need a local eviction moratorium,” said Katie Kilcoin of Lexington Housing Justice Group. “We just don’t need rental assistance because we don’t buy people enough time to secure a home.”
The latest Federal COVID-19 Relief Package provided $ 25 billion in rental assistance and extended the CDC moratorium on unpaid evictions until the end of January.
The moratorium was previously set to expire at the end of December, but with the latest extension, tenants are wondering how long the cans will be kicked out.
“Very scary,” said Shay Awad, who spoke to LEX18 in front of a caravan outside Mayor Gorton’s house.
Awwad is one of the millions of Americans struggling to pay rent. She said the landlord had evacuated her to court in September because she had no work due to the pandemic, but the case was unsuccessful when the CDC Moratorium was launched that month.
If the moratorium isn’t extended beyond this month, Awwad is worried she might be at risk.
“This is the snowball effect, a horde of problems, and we are in this situation now,” she said.
In response to LEX 18 on Wednesday, the mayor’s spokesperson said Mayor Gorton and the council “have no legal authority to issue a eviction moratorium.”
A spokeswoman said the mayor will meet with members of the Lexington House Justice Collection on January 21st.