Marcelo Moraes, a Brazilian immigrant and Faith in Action Bay Area, leader is being pushed out of his home.
Due to severe illness in the first months of 2020, Marcelo accrued $3,883 in rental debt. When the pandemic began, Marcelo was protected by the federal (CDC) eviction moratorium, which prevents eviction for many people during the ongoing public health crisis - including those who owed rent from before the pandemic - but expires on Saturday.
Marcelo created a fundraiser, and we collectively fundraised the $3,883
that Marcelo owed from before the pandemic. His California Rental Assistance application has been approved for all other debt that he holds, and will be sent to the landlord. However, when Marcelo tried to deliver the $3883 check, Westlake Village Apartments refused the $3883 payment and said they will not accept any payments until the state rental program money The corporate landlord will not drop this eviction, even though they are guaranteed to receive money for all debt that is the basis of the eviction. Westlake is capitalizing on legal loopholes to both kick him out and receive $48,000 from the state regardless.
Tomorrow, Marcelo will be going to court to request an ex-parte stay on his eviction--imploring the judge to understand that this eviction is unjust and inhumane. As a community, we must demonstrate how even though systems of power try to harm us, we will do the work to protect each other.