FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to work strenuously to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past week, I’ve had multiple conversations with many of our local citizens about how we can work together to address systemic racism in law enforcement and in our community. As a city, we are committed to reviewing our policies and practices for areas of improvement, and I encourage your participation in the process.
To learn more about how the Eureka Police Department’s policies reflect the 8 Can’t Wait campaign, visit their website. You’ll find a report called “Where We Stand” that looks at the EPD’s use of force policies. To enact change, it’s helpful to understand where we’re starting. This will help us to move forward with meaningful and informed conversations.
On Monday, the City Council passed an extension of the eviction moratorium for renters through July 28, reflecting the state’s extension. This ordinance temporarily bans the eviction of tenants who cannot pay rent due to COVID-19, and offers protection for tenants who have lost income due to becoming ill or caring for a family member who is ill with the virus, a layoff or reduction in hours due to the emergency response, or because they have to stay home to care for children. Additionally, the ordinance also suspends the shut-off of water service for commercial and residential tenants due to non-payment during the COVID-19 emergency.
In order to qualify for delayed payments, tenants must notify their landlord, in writing, of lost income and their inability to pay the full rent. They must also provide documentation to support their claim.
As a city, we want to assure that people do not lose their basic and essential needs, like housing, during this difficult time. We’re also concerned that deferring payments until a later date will result in hardships for renters who will be facing larger back payments for each month they defer.
To that end, the City of Eureka is providing a grant program designed to assist individuals needing assistance in paying rent or mortgage payments due to a reduction in income from COVID 19. The fund will allow low to moderate income renters in the City of Eureka up to two months’ rent or $2,500.
You can learn more about the eviction moratorium guidelines and the COVID-19 Assistance Fund at the City of Eureka’s website: ci.eureka.ca.gov.
And finally, the City of Eureka will be launching our new brand in less than a week, on Thursday, June 18. Stay tuned and get excited as we get closer to that date. If you’d like to get involved, our Eureka Community Photo competition is still open, as long as you’re a resident of Humboldt County, over 18, and not employed by either the City of Eureka or Eddy Alexander.
Photographers are strongly encouraged to use existing photos from your collections and to think about the events, activities, and experiences that have always made Eureka a great place to live, work, and visit. While new shots can be entered, it is important to be mindful of social distancing, facial covering requirements, and other relevant Humboldt County orders related to COVID-19.
For more information and to submit your best work, visit the City of Eureka’s Facebook page.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk again soon.