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If you receiving this for the first time, welcome!  We hope this bit of regular communication provides useful information and connects you to the larger movement for tenants rights and power happening in the Greater Harrisburg area.  

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Federal Housing Policy Under Trump
& What's Next
Now that the Trump administration has ended, one of our members looks back at federal housing policy over this last four years, and consider what’s next. 
Eviction Moratorium Updates

The federal CDC eviction moratorium has been extended until March 31st

  • Does cover tenants facing eviction for non-payment of rent
  • Does not cover lease expirations or violations of the lease

The Harrisburg city-wide eviction moratorium has been extended until February 15, 2021

  • Does cover evictions for non-payment of rent. 
  • Mayor Papenfuse and City Council have not explained exactly what the City moratorium covers, but GHTU is meeting with the Mayor to pressure him to explain the bill and do more to protect the citizens of Harrisburg.
  • There is a virtual pubic hearing on the City’s Annual Action Plan will be held during City Council's Work Session on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm.  The Annual Action Plan describes the City’s planned activities and projects to address community and housing development needs with federal HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.
Evictions Are Still Happening
Since September 2020, there have been over 700 evictions in Harrisburg city and almost 2000 evictions in all of Dauphin County, impacting an estimated 1700 people in Harrisburg and 4800 people in the County. Despite there being a federal and city-wide moratorium on evictions, landlords and courts continue to force people out of their homes.
Data collected from public dockets by GHTU.
News Round-Up
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a bill with $570 million in federal aid to renters and Governor Tom Wolf's proposed $145 million in state grants to restaurants on Wednesday, January 26, 2021. More here
 
It is estimated more than 230,00 Pennsylvania households are facing possible eviction according to ABC 27. See what one of our organizers had to say about why the current eviction moratoriums aren’t enough. More here

A mother and her autistic son were evicted from their home in Dauphin County, despite the CDC moratorium and the tenant’s pleas to work out a payment plan with her landlord. More here.

Tenant Run

Tenant Organized

Tenant Led

We are a group of united tenants and allies, working toward equality and dignity for renters in the Harrisburg area. Our members volunteer their time or knowledge to support renters' rights. 

Volunteering is the lifeblood of this organization and it helps shape who we are and who we will be. The best part about it is anyone can do it!  Together we can work to stop the oppression of renters and take back our rights!

Current volunteer needs:
Get trained to help us answer our eviction hotline

If you are interested or have questions, contact us at ghbgtenantsunited@gmail.com or message us on any of our social media pages.
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