Editor’s Note: the following is a political cartoon and statement from housing struggle organization Defend Our Hoodz.
By Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio – Austin
The City of Austin rolled out a lottery program this week called RENT assistance, that they’ve presented as aid to tenants. We see through this program as nothing more than a bailout for landlords. Not only was the window to apply only open for a measly 48 hours, the program itself only pays a portion of the rent and expects the renter to fill in the gap at their own expense. The checks themselves go directly to the landlord from the city, not to the tenants selected in the lottery.
Austin’s landlord Mayor, and the developer-serving City Council will use any opportunity to give money to property owners and claim it’s to help those of us that don’t own property. Yet, rent strikes are raging across Austin and the city refuses to acknowledge the basic demand for an immediate rent stoppage. In April more than 30% of renters couldn’t pay rent and that number will be even higher in May. These meager assistance programs only exist to put money into the landlords’ pockets as they continue to leech off their tenants.
When they aren’t sending out payment plan traps to tenants, landlords have been giving tenants notices to vacate with no push back from the city that claimed to make the notices illegal, and the police are being used to harass tenants and their guests for organizing against the landlords.
Fight against the city and the landlords’ schemes! Join the rent strike! Refuse any deals or payment plans that landlords try to trap us in. The city, the landlords, and their police are all enemies that work together to exploit tenants, but together we can put a stop to their evictions! Contact us to join an Anti-Eviction Brigade, and help defend your home and your neighbors from evictions!
REFUSE THE CITY’S LANDLORD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM!
FULL RENT CANCELLATION DURING THE ECONOMIC AND HEALTH CRISIS!
NO RENT WITHOUT WORK OR WAGES!
Editor’s Note: Defend Our Hoodz can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org