A look back on MOC's achievements throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Read more from West/Southwest IAF here.
Read Bishop Cantú’s op-ed on the subject here.

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:

Marin could pool up to $2 million for homeless initiative [PDF]
San Anselmo passes pandemic rent freeze ordinance [PDF]

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.