Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MOC has diligently worked to secure protections for those most affected by the upheavals of these difficult times.
Most recently, on June 3rd, MOC leaders participated in a statewide IAF action for renter protections that resulted in the governor and state legislators extending the eviction moratorium and expanding the rent relief program.
Here in Marin, MOC celebrates the recent decision made by Marin County, the cities of San Rafael and Novato, and other cities throughout Marin to pool nearly $2 million to hire case managers to address homelessness in Marin. Furthermore, the San Anselmo Town Council recently approved a rent freeze for tenants unable to afford rent increases due to the pandemic.
Read MOC member Pat Langley’s opinions on these two recent developments in these articles from the Marin Independent Journal:
And recently in Mill Valley, MOC leaders partnered with member institution MVCAN to support affordable housing at the City Council meeting on June 21st. Read more in this petition for affordable housing in Mill Valley.
MOC has been working since the very beginning of the pandemic to advocate for renter protections.
In March of 2020, MOC urged the Marin County Board of Supervisors to enact an eviction moratorium. Every month from April through July, MOC members emailed their supervisors and made statements at Board meetings urging the Board to extend the moratorium on evictions. These efforts were successful, as the moratorium was continually extended.
In the fall, MOC successfully advocated for $310,000 in county funding for Legal Aid of Marin, to provide legal services to low-income renters and mediation of landlord-tenant disputes. This funding has been crucial in helping renters navigate the turmoil caused by the pandemic.
In early 2021, MOC’s hard work advocating for rent freezes paid off as the city councils of San Rafael and Novato approved a ban on rent increases in census tracts most affected by the pandemic while the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved rent freezes in parts of unincorporated Marin.
As our state and local communities reopen, MOC understands that the repercussions of this disaster will be felt for years to come. Our work is not done. As the effects of the pandemic will continue to be felt well into the future, we are dedicated to continuing to act to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
We've compiled below all the press coverage we have received and other relevant articles from throughout the course of the pandemic. Follow the links to read more about our achievements.
- June 13, 2021: San Anselmo passes pandemic rent freeze ordinance, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- June 12, 2021: Marin could pool up to $2 million for homeless initiative, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- June 10, 2021: Marin County extends pandemic freeze on tenant evictions, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- February 9, 2021: Marin supervisors freeze rent in parts of county, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- February 7, 2021: Marin Voice: County supervisors should approve rent-increase moratorium – by MOC's own Sami Mericle and Marta Villela – Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- February 6, 2021: Marin County weighs pandemic rent freeze in 2 census tracts, The Mercury News [PDF]
- February 6, 2021: Marin County weighs pandemic rent freeze in 2 census tracts, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- January 31, 2021: Novato enacts limited rent freeze for pandemic relief, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- January 21, 2021: San Rafael bans rent hikes in pandemic-stressed Canal, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- January 1, 2021: Marin activists seek rent freeze during coronavirus crisis, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- September 27, 2020: Marin IJ Readers Forum for September 27, 2020, (letter to the editor) Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- September 18, 2020: Press Statement: Diverse Coalition Lauds Governor Newsom’s Expansion of the Earned Income and Young Child Tax Credits to Immigrant Workers
- September 15, 2020: Marin supervisors set aside $400,000 for legal help for renters, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- September 9, 2020: Like renters, Marin landlords deserve more support during pandemic, (editorial) Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- September 1, 2020: Marin interests call state eviction law insufficient, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- August 30, 2020: Marin supervisors urged to head off eviction surge, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- August 6, 2020: The old-school organizers who got it done on Zoom, High Country News [PDF]
- July 29, 2020: Marin County extends eviction ban through September, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- June 24, 2020: Marin supervisors approve 4th extension of eviction ban, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- May 9, 2020: Marin Voice: Civil legal services focused on sheltering an at risk community, (opinion) Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- May 6, 2020: CA IAF demands justice not charity urges Governor Newsom to help essential workers, One LA IAF
- May 5, 2020: Immigrant workers face economic uncertainty during COVID-19 shutdown, America Magazine [PDF]
- May 5, 2020: Marin supervisors extend moratorium on residential evictions, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- April 28, 2020: Marin tenants given extra 90 days to repay back rent, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- April 21, 2020: Marin renters allotted $1M more in pandemic aid, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- March 24, 2020: Marin tenants get eviction shield in virus crisis, Marin Independent Journal [PDF]
- March 23, 2020: Marin Voice: Supervisors should help renters and approve bigger aid package, (opinion) Marin Independent Journal [PDF]