Unless a Realtors Association lobbyist joins the demonstration (prohibitively unlikely), little is likely to come of it, but advocates for residential rental tenants plan a demonstration at the Governor’s Mansion tomorrow.

The release from Arkansas Renters United:

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On Friday, May 1 at Noon in front of the Governor’s mansion in Little Rock renters and concerned citizens will park and remain in their cars while holding signs urging Governor Hutchinson to issue a ban on all evictions in the state during the pandemic. They will also give him a special wake up call.

 

Unemployment rates are rising. COVID 19 cases are not due to “peak” until early May.  Widespread testing is not occurring, and people can spread the virus without even having symptoms. It is unjust and short-sighted to turn people out of their housing during a pandemic, especially when they’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

 

Despite what the Governor has said in the past, evictions have continued to be filed in courts in Arkansas. It is time for him to wake up and face the truth.

 

Forty-one states have some sort of eviction ban in place.  Under the CARES Act there is a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for all housing subsidized or backed by the federal government.