As COVID-19 continues to spread within North Dakota communities, it’s not just concerns about health that have some North Dakotans worried. Housing is also a major issue – particularly for those whose income has been impacted because of involuntary unemployment, extended sickness or required quarantine.
Several area nonprofit organizations including Northern Plains United Labor Council, Missouri Slope Central Labor Council, Northern Valley Labor Council, FM Coalition to End Homelessness, High Plains Fair Housing Center, North Dakota United, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota AFL-CIO, and the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, are asking the state to do more to protect the health and safety of all North Dakotans and are calling on Gov. Doug Burgum to issue a temporary eviction moratorium/freeze on foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis.
This would allow people to remain stably housed as they safeguard their health and the health of their families and other North Dakotans.
Nick Archuleta from North Dakota United, Cody Schuler with the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition to End Homelessness, Michelle Rydz from High Plains Fair Housing and Dane DeKrey with the ACLU of North Dakota spoke a press conference earlier today about the need for Gov. Burgum to issue an executive order during a press conference this morning.
Watch a replay of the press conference here: https://youtu.be/0igDgv6WLHI.
A copy of the letter sent to Gov. Burgum is below.