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COVID-19 Update II

Good morning residents! 

I am providing an update to you about my recent activities in our city and throughout District 6. 

First, I would like to send my sincere condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one due to the coronavirus. We are currently moving through some very difficult times right now, but I feel very confident we will get through this together as a community. 

In terms of community relief, it has been an honor delivering groceries to our seniors, supporting our essential workers and supporting our small businesses.

We will do our best to stay in communication with residents and be a resource as much as possible while our city and district work together to ensure our mutual health and safety.

Local Resources

Here are some important resources you can check out if you or a loved one in our community need some support right now. 

Business

If you are a small business owner and you are in need of help with your mortgage or other business related expense please find some helpful links provided by the Small Business Administration:

English:

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Spanish:

https://www.sba.gov/espanol

Housing

I believe housing is a human right and we must protect renters as much as possible doing this time.  This is why I spoke on record early on  to ensure all renters in Pomona are not displaced doing the coronavirus crisis. 

Are you struggling with your rent? Please know the City of Pomona currently has a rent eviction moratorium in place where you cannot get evicted for nonpayment of your rent. 

Please find an attached letter created by a local community organizer at our very own Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to assist renters when speaking  with their landlords here: (letter template for renters)

Wellness Checks

I will continue to do wellness checks for our most vulnerable residents in our community seniors, youth and children. 

If you are in need of any support right now please email me at team@mirandasheffield.com or call me 909-784-5727. 

Finally, please check out my website and follow me on social media for more updates.

In Solidarity,

Miranda Sheffield

Pomona City Council Candidate, District #6

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Resource: Renter Letter to Landlords (COVID-19)

I believe housing is a human right and we must protect renters as much as possible doing this time.  This is why I spoke on record early on  to ensure all renters in Pomona are not displaced doing the coronavirus crisis. 

Are you struggling with your rent? Please know the City of Pomona currently has a rent eviction moratorium in place where you cannot get evicted for nonpayment of your rent. 

Please find this attached letter created by a local community organizer at our very own Pomona Economic Opportunity Center to assist renters when speaking  with their landlords:

Sample Letter Template

April 1, 2020

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

[NOMBRE(S) DEL/DE LA/DE LOS INQUILINOS/AS]

[DOMICILIO]

Pomona, CA 91767

[NOMBRE DEL DUEÑO, DUEÑA, O COMPAÑIA]

ATTN: [NOMBRE DE ENCARGADO/A (<—-si aplica)

[DIRECCION DE DUEÑOS O AGENCIA]

[CIUDAD], CA [CODIGO POSTAL]

Re: Inability to pay rent for April 2020 due to COVID-19 crisis

Dear [NOMBRE DE DUEÑO/A O GERENTE]:

I am a tenant at the above address and am party to a standing rental agreement with you. I am writing to inform you that as a result of the current health and economic crisis, I am unable to pay rent this month.

I have been out of work since [FECHA], due to the government response to COVID-19, and have consequently suffered a substantial loss of income. I retain verifiable documentation from my employer that I can provide at the appropriate time.

As you likely know, on March 27, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued order N-37-20, which makes writs of eviction unenforceable during the period that the order is in effect.

Furthermore, on March 19, Director of Emergency Services for the City of Pomona issued an executive order enacting a temporary moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent by residential tenants impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

I understand that neither of these orders relieve me from the liability of unpaid rent, but I request forgiveness for this month’s rent. If you are unable to offer forgiveness as this time, I request a reasonable time period in which to pay back rent.

Please acknowledge this letter in writing and inform me whether you will forgive the rent or establish a payment plan with me.

Sincerely,

[NOMBRE]

[TELEFONO]