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Handprint with "stop" written all over it and the word eviction across the palmWill your organization join us now to advance SB 939 – jointly authored by state senators Scott Wiener and Lena Gonzalez – so that nonprofits can maintain their places of business despite economic hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis?

DEADLINE for signing on: Monday, June 15, at 2 pm.
Click here to sign on to the letter supporting SB 939

Senate Bill 939 will protect nonprofit tenants from evictions from commercial property because of delays in rent payments due to economic hardships caused by COVID-19 if the tenant:

  • has experienced at least a 20% reduction in monthly revenue
  • has been unable to open or delayed opening because of the state of emergency, or
  • has experienced at least a 15% reduction in capacity because of a COVID-19 public health order or safety guideline

The bill applies retroactively, so even though the bill won’t become effective until after it is signed into law, it applies to any rent due after the Governor declared a State of Emergency on March 4, 2020. And tenants will have a year after the State of Emergency ends to repay due rent.

The current pandemic and economic recession make nonprofit work more important than ever -- whether we are health clinics or wildlife advocates or theaters -- but also more costly and challenging. Our strong nonprofit community in California needs measures like SB 939, which will help nonprofits survive this emergency period.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact Public Policy Director Lucy Salcido Carter

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