Rally planned at courthouse after Detroit's eviction moratorium expires

Posted at 4:20 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 17:51:26-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Families across Detroit are waking up to the possibility of eviction for the first time in months.

The eviction moratorium expired Saturday night in Detroit. On Monday, the 36th District Court plans to continue handing out notices.

In response, a rally will be held outside the court, beginning at 12:30 p.m., by the group Detroit Eviction Defense. The group is fighting to halt evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protesters say the moratorium needs to be extended since Detroit was hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

An organizer from the group says protecting those families is paramount right now. With the recent stoppage of extra unemployment funds from the federal government, some tenants are reaching even further into their pockets to pay rent.

Organizers say pushing a family out of their home creates more problems than it solves.

The City of Detroit has launched an Eviction Preventing Hotline, which will direct residents to the best service to help navigate the situation. The hotline is also available to people who are in the process of being evicted and need legal defense services.

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