The Greater Indianapolis Multifaith Alliance and the Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition are very concerned about the potential override of Governor Holcomb’s veto of 2020’s eviction bill, SEA 148. An override of the veto will result in increased and expedited evictions and homelessness and a domino effect of negative impacts on Hoosiers’ public health and local and statewide economic recovery efforts.
We are asking our partners and friends to call their state legislators and urge them not to override Gov. Holcomb's veto of Eviction Bill SEA 148 during this COVID-19 winter.
Given the critical importance of rental housing to a third of Hoosiers, especially during a continuing public health crisis, we can't afford to increase evictions and the resulting homelessness in Indiana.
Use this action alert to connect with your lawmakers and let them know why evictions, homelessness, and public health are important to you and your community. Legislators tell us they take calls to their office very seriously, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please make your message is personal, as they often move elected officials to act more than general form messages. Consider utilizing a faith-based quote that calls you to act.
Tips for Calling Legislators:
Calling your elected officials is the BEST way to get them to act. You do not need to be a policy expert to call your elected officials. While you might but nervous when calling remember they are here to hear from their constituents.
Facts for Talking Points!
EFFECTS DUE TO LACK OF HOUSING:
Our home is a place where we can sleep, eat, clean up, learn, live together with our family, and be protected from the weather and outside dangers. Housing is the base of operations for everything in our lives, including employment, schooling, access to necessities, and it provides us with community. Almost one third (30.7%) of all Hoosiers depend on rental housing to provide a home.
ABOUT THE LANGUAGE/PROCESS:
The harmful language was added to an unrelated Senate bill at the end of the 2020 session. It negatively affects the rental housing needs of about 2 million Hoosiers. There was no significant opportunity for input, vetting, or negotiation.
SEA 148 HARMFULNESS TO TENANTS: