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Boston rally planned to highlight possible wave of evictions

The rally will call for passage of a comprehensive eviction prevention measure intended to help stabilize renters, homeowners, and small landlords for a year as Massachusetts weathers the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

BOSTON (AP) — Tenants and homeowners at risk of eviction and foreclosure are planning to rally on Boston Common Sunday afternoon to press state lawmakers to take action to prevent what they describe as a looming statewide eviction crisis.

The rally will call for passage of a comprehensive eviction prevention measure intended to help stabilize renters, homeowners, and small landlords for a year as Massachusetts weathers the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The event is part of a series of actions across the commonwealth in support of the Guaranteed Housing Stability bill leading up to the expiration Massachusetts’ eviction and foreclosure moratorium, which is set to end on Oct. 17.

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The Homes For All Massachusetts coalition is also planning a march to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s house in Swampscott on Wednesday.

Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh last week announced a “housing stability pledge” that he said aims to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic once the statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures ends.

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