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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill HD.3030 192nd (Current)

An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery

Bill Information

Presenters:
Frank A. Moran , Kevin G. Honan

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to Whereas, on March 17, 2020, Massachusetts entered a declared state of emergency due to the global coronavirus pandemic; the Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures was passed on April 20, but expired on October 17, 2020; Whereas, as of February 2021, Massachusetts has recorded over 500,000 positive cases of COVID-19, nearly 1000 new cases are reported daily, and over 15,000 Massachusetts residents have died from the coronavirus; Whereas, public health research has found that the expiration of moratoriums in 27 states, including Massachusetts, likely led to 433,700 cases of COVID-19 infection and 10,700 excess deaths as a direct result; Whereas, the COVID-19 infection rate remains extremely high, multiple new variants of the virus have entered the community, and high unemployment rates have affected hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents through no fault of their own, forcing them to choose between food, medicine, rent, mortgage, and other expenses; Whereas, virtually every aspect of the coronavirus pandemic has been shown to take a disproportionate toll on Black and Brown people, including higher rates of infection, higher rates of mortality, lower rates of testing, and fewer vaccines administered; Whereas, evictions and foreclosures affected communities of color in disproportionately high numbers before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Black tenants in Massachusetts facing eviction more than twice as often as white tenants even though they make up only 11% of the renter population, and that 78% of Boston evictions between the onset of COVID-19 and the start of the eviction moratorium were filed in neighborhoods of color; Whereas, tens of thousands of eviction cases are moving through Massachusetts courts, leading to evictions, overcrowded housing, homelessness, and increased public health risk; Whereas, rental assistance programs have been overwhelmed, causing delays and increasing risk of evictions; Whereas, COVID-19 has exacerbated racial disparities in foreclosures, with data showing that Black and Latinx borrowers are substantially less likely than white borrowers to have accessed plans to avoid foreclosure through deferral and forbearance programs during the pandemic; Whereas, protection for homeowners at risk of foreclosure due to the pandemic is best achieved by measures to ensure that mortgage servicers will, and are able to, follow the industry standards set by the owners, insurers, and guarantors of the majority of home loans; Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to establish forthwith ongoing stabilization of the housing market for renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety and convenience., therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public safety and convenience.

Cosponsors

Name District/Address
Frank A. Moran 17th Essex
Kevin G. Honan 17th Suffolk
Mike Connolly 26th Middlesex
Peter Capano 11th Essex
Lindsay N. Sabadosa 1st Hampshire
Jack Patrick Lewis 7th Middlesex
Tram T. Nguyen 18th Essex
Adrian C. Madaro 1st Suffolk
Steven C. Owens 29th Middlesex
Rob Consalvo 14th Suffolk
Christine P. Barber 34th Middlesex
James J. O'Day 14th Worcester
Vanna Howard 17th Middlesex
Christina A. Minicucci 14th Essex
Tricia Farley-Bouvier 3rd Berkshire
David M. Rogers 24th Middlesex
Erika Uyterhoeven 27th Middlesex
Natalie M. Higgins 4th Worcester
Carlos González 10th Hampden
Mindy Domb 3rd Hampshire
David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf 17th Worcester
Andres X. Vargas 3rd Essex
Jon Santiago 9th Suffolk
Antonio F. D. Cabral 13th Bristol
Daniel M. Donahue 16th Worcester
Daniel J. Ryan 2nd Suffolk
Michelle L. Ciccolo 15th Middlesex
Michelle M. DuBois 10th Plymouth
Carmine Lawrence Gentile 13th Middlesex
James B. Eldridge Middlesex and Worcester
Alice Hanlon Peisch 14th Norfolk
Paul F. Tucker 7th Essex
Tommy Vitolo 15th Norfolk
Daniel Cahill 10th Essex
Danillo A. Sena 37th Middlesex
Liz Miranda 5th Suffolk
Mary S. Keefe 15th Worcester
Kay Khan 11th Middlesex
Michael P. Kushmerek 3rd Worcester
Marcos A. Devers 16th Essex
Linda Dean Campbell 15th Essex
Daniel R. Carey 2nd Hampshire
Tami L. Gouveia 14th Middlesex
Nika C. Elugardo 15th Suffolk
Kate Lipper-Garabedian 32nd Middlesex
Marjorie C. Decker 25th Middlesex
Russell E. Holmes 6th Suffolk
Jay D. Livingstone 8th Suffolk
Thomas M. Stanley 9th Middlesex
Elizabeth A. Malia 11th Suffolk
Rebecca L. Rausch Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
Patricia A. Duffy 5th Hampden
Edward R. Philips 8th Norfolk

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