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Housing Security

Santa Maria Chapter

The Problem

The COVID-19 outbreak has threatened the livelihood of many people in and out of Santa Maria. It is an urgent public health crisis and one that is seriously affecting disenfranchised communities.

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With the stay at home order that is currently in place, many people have lost their jobs or have had their hours cut. This has made paying rent very difficult and leaves people in Santa Barbara County worried and unsure about their housing situation.

The Result

As of early April, the Santa Maria City Council did not have a moratorium in place to protect renters from being evicted during these challenging and confusing times. FLA participated in an in-car protest in front of the City Council office and were successful in acquiring stronger eviction moratoriums for our Santa Maria residents by effectively working with Councilwoman Gloria Soto.