Posted on March 30, 2020
Statement by Marva Burnett, the National President of ACORN Canada
If tenants are choosing between necessities like food and rent, they should choose food over rent!
In the short term - to get past April 1 and May 1 - the government needs to create a pot of money to which landlords can apply to when tenants can't afford their rent. Millions of people have lost their income due to COVID-19 and no government support will be in peoples' hands by April 1. There is a lag and a shortage of money needed to pay for basic needs for many people. If tenants are choosing between necessities like food and rent, they should choose food not rent!
Even Doug Ford Agrees : "If you can't put food on your table and you're in a crisis – I want to reinforce this – put food on your table before paying your rent".
Click here for a template you can use to write to your landlord if you can't afford rent.
ACORN has been calling on governments to take urgent action to provide tenants a RENT BREAK. To sign this petition, click here