Housing Advocates Applaud Essex County Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During Pandemic


Following the announcement that the Essex County Sheriff’s Office will not execute evictions and suspended foreclosure sales indefinitely due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) Staci Berger issued the following statement:

"We applaud the decision by the Essex County Sheriff to suspend evictions and foreclosure sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Network has identified both measures as essential to preventing this public health crisis from becoming a housing crisis. We encourage the rest of the state's 20 counties to follow Essex County's lead and implement the same protections for their residents.

"We also urge Governor Murphy and the Legislature to enact these measures on a statewide level to ensure housing stability at this time. Immediate rental assistance and mortgage forbearance are other measures that can be enacted to protect New Jerseyans who are already struggling to make make ends meet. COVID-19 is already making a significant impact on our economy, the last thing we need is people losing the roof over their heads as a result."

About the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the statewide association of more than 250 community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of affordable homes, economic opportunities, and strong communities. For more information on the Network, visit www.hcdnnj.org.

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