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Justice for Breakfast: Evictions, due process, and the COVID-19 pandemic - Shared screen with speaker view
Brooke Hisle
25:28
Good morning, everyone. Brooke Hisle with The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund and the Fund for Change.
Sarah Frush
25:35
Sarah Coffey Frush from Civil Justice!
Brian Gordon
25:39
Hi everyone. My name is Brian Gordon, Brown Advisory.
Jacqueline Bowie (she/her/hers)
25:42
Morning! Jacqueline Bowie, National Aquarium
Brandi Nieland OPC
25:48
Brandi Nieland, Office of People's Counsel
Barbara DiPietro
26:00
Good morning! Barbara DiPietro with Health Care for the Homeless—and proud PJC Board member.
nina cardin, mdehr
26:33
Good morning! Nina Beth Cardin, Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights
Nicole Wilcox
26:39
Good morning, Nicole Wilcox, paralegal student, and staff with Youth With A Mission Baltimore.
Khiran Sidhu
26:56
Good morning! Khiran Sidhu, attorney in DC and member of the Lawyers' Alliance
Andrew Miller
27:10
Good morning. Andy Miller, UMBC, Jews United for Justice, Chizuk Amuno Congregation and fan of PJC
Tim Chance
27:57
Good morning, Tim Chance, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Lauren Lake
28:12
Good morning! Lauren Lake, Litigation Associate at Gordon Feinblatt and member of the Lawyers' Alliance :)
Jody Harburger
28:21
Good Morning! Jody Harburger, Jews United for Justice and chuzuk Amuno Congregation
Robin Jacobs
28:28
Good morning! Robin Jacobs, Maryland Legal Aid
Judith Park
28:41
Good morning! Judith Park, MSW/MPH graduate student at UMB
Pamela Young
28:45
Pamela Young, Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle Housing Study Group
Meaghan McDermott
29:05
Hi all, Meaghan McDermott, Maryland Legal Aid.
Jade
29:13
Morning. Jade McDuffie McClary, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
Monica Basche (she/her)
29:14
Good morning! Monica Basche, Associate at Brown, Goldstein & Levy and member of the Lawyers' Alliance.
Mara Braverman
29:21
Good morning. Mara Braverman, Baltimore Women's Giving Circle
Leigh’s iPhone
29:28
Leigh Erdman, minister serving housing insecure and unhoused community on North Avenue
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
33:06
Is it possible to be sent this presentation? I'd love to share this information with my colleagues.
Kathleen Elliott
33:25
Yes, we are recording and will send the link.
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
33:34
Thank you!
Karen Wabeke
34:30
Karen Wabeke, Attorney with the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)
Melissa Rothstein
35:24
Good morning. Melissa Rothstein from the Office of the Public Defender.
Ann Ciekot
35:57
Is this number just Baltimore City?
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
40:57
I also had many clients turned down because their landlords didn't have the rental license, which my clients didn't know before being turned down for assistance.
Karen Wabeke
49:43
Amen!
Barbara DiPietro
50:18
Thanks Matt! Great presentation. We are right to be outraged about this.
Kathleen Elliott
50:20
Why is the state not allocating the full $1.3 billion available?
Brian Gordon
51:33
What might be the reasons why the Governor or the General Assembly won't issue a stay on evictions during the pandemic/
Leigh’s iPhone
51:43
I know we are still in the middle of this crisis, but are there places in the country where you see rental and eviction protections working well and with equity?
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
51:56
I helped a lot of clients with the DHCD program and it was very challenging, to apply especially for immigrant families.
Beth Harber
52:31
How are you working with the Maryland Access to Justice Commission Task Force on COVID? Have they been helpful to the effort to reinstate the eviction moratorium/advocate for more civil legal resources?
Daria Zane
53:08
Yes court is reopening but at a cost to those who are already more vulnerable
Sarah Frush
53:23
Not a question but an example of how this looks on the ground. An elderly many evicted recently in the Highlandtown area.
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
53:28
Do you know if the CAP eviction prevention funds will be available to undocumented immigrants?
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
56:12
I'm having trouble understanding why Maryland politicians are not extending the moratorium. What is the political advantage of allowing this wave of evictions to happen? Not sure if this is a question that PJC can answer, but I'm just having trouble wrapping my mind around this.
Chelsea Ortega
56:53
What are the chances that the rent court agents will know whether or not the landlord is getting a forbearance? Do you think it will be possible to convince the judges that landlords need to bring documentation they are not receiving a forbearance?
Ann Ciekot
58:01
What's the chance the Chief Judge will intervene, esp after we see hundreds or thousands of evictions?
Andrew Miller
58:02
I heard from my state senator that the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate could not agree on having a special session of the legislature and therefore it was very unlikely to happen. Seems insane to me.
Jody Harburger
58:31
what is the state doing with the Fed. Covid fubds over and above the $30 Million for eviction prevention
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
01:00:27
Another question about the CAP eviction funds (or any other eviction funds you know about) - many of my clients who applied for the DHCD program were turned down due to their landlord not having a rental license. Will other programs have the same requirement?
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
01:01:49
I had a client who went to court last week for an eviction hearing (from a pre-COVID case) and she reported that the judge really shamed the landlord for bringing an eviction case forward during the crisis. Hopefully this is representative of other judge's attitudes as well.
Kathleen Elliott
01:02:57
Question by email from Sue Talbott: What happens if someone is evicted and can no longer get their mail-in ballot at that address? How will they do their mail-in voting during an eviction?
Chelsea Ortega
01:03:49
My partner, Matt Vocci, was in the rent court courtroom in the Balt City district court last week and it was impossible to distance from his tenant client. The sheriffs told them to come forward together to have their temperatures taken, and it did not appear the thermometers were working correctly (he received a reading of 95.5 degrees)
Jean
01:05:52
I think it may mean more people have to vote in person too
Jean
01:05:57
Which is counter-productive.
Jody Harburger
01:06:18
provisional ballots are still available
Mara Braverman
01:06:46
People can use standard MD voter registration form to change address.
Beth Harber
01:09:03
I can't remember the source but I had heard a figure of $100 million in state CARES money is left to be allocated.
Sheilah
01:10:50
You seem optimistic about the potential of the Community Action Partnership to improve things. Tell us more about why. Thanks.
Andrew Miller
01:12:52
Is there a way to marshal a larger fraction of the public to flood politicians with messages insisting they act on this? The failure of the federal government to act is obviously part of the problem but these are people in our state. We have been sending letters to the governor and to our representatives but it seems this will require a huge public response. Is it possible to have religious communities share this with their members?
Robin Jacobs
01:15:55
I have the same question as Sheilah about Community Action Partnership.
Judith Park
01:17:40
Having this information shareable on social media with a call to action would make it easy to share on personal and public pages. I know as a graduate student, student groups are often looking for ways to get involved but often don’t have easy access to this information
Leigh Erdman
01:21:20
My church is part of the Interfaith Covid Task Force, a group of religious communities who are looking at ways to engage and advocate for this. having shareable media would really help
Erin Brock
01:23:20
You can find more here:
Erin Brock
01:23:50
Maryland Renters United: https://www.facebook.com/rentersuniteMD
Erin Brock
01:24:25
Baltimore Renters United: https://twitter.com/b_renters, https://www.facebook.com/BmoreRentersUnited
Erin Brock
01:25:31
Public Justice Center: https://www.facebook.com/publicjusticecenter, https://twitter.com/PublJusticeCntr
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
01:26:44
For unemployment issues, email Cornelia Bright Gordon: cbgordon@mdlab.org
Robin Jacobs
01:27:01
(410) 951-7750
Dan Rosenberg
01:28:24
Calling the intake hotline (410-951-7750) that Robin Jacobs posted is the most expedient way to contact MDLAB.
Charlotte Ahearn
01:28:28
We can help with that also. Contact Maryland Legal Aid for both issues - lawyer@mdlab.org or (443) 451-2805
Charlotte Ahearn
01:28:54
Or the other intake phone number, but phone numbers should work!
Tevis
01:29:02
how do you go get HABC to enforce their policies when you're currently living in unhealthy conditions and have contacted everyone at city hall habc etc
Charlotte Ahearn
01:29:32
both**
Tevis
01:29:46
Please I'd appreciate it
Tevis
01:30:05
Thank you
John Kern
01:30:24
MVLS stimulus help: Tax Hotline at 443-451-4091
Beth Harber
01:30:25
For stimulus check issues, contact the Maryland Volunteer LawyersService Tax HotlineMonday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Beth Harber
01:30:33
443-451-4091
Odetta
01:30:54
Greetings... I'm from the lower Eastern Shore... noticing that most of this information is for the Baltimore region...are the contacts the same?
Charlotte Ahearn
01:30:55
Thank you Matt!
Karen Wabeke
01:30:56
HPRP - 410-685-6589
Nicole Wilcox
01:31:08
Thank you!!
Kate Jakuta, Southeast CDC
01:31:15
Great presentation!
Brooke Hisle
01:31:16
Thanks, Matt!!
John Kern
01:31:23
Yes, we are statewide - stimulus check help
Jean
01:31:27
Thankful people have PJC advocating for them during these difficult times.
Beth Harber
01:31:28
Thanks Matt and John - great presentation and Q&A!
Jean
01:31:28
Thank you!
Stacie P.
01:31:30
Thank you very much Matt and everyone on the call