Project Home: Eviction Moratorium A Lifeline For Struggling Bay Area Renters But For Some It’s Too Late

26 January 2021

SANTA ROSA – Time is running out for the state legislature to extend California’s eviction moratorium. If lawmakers don’t pass a bill this week, one in five Californians could lose their housing.

“I’m like really distressed, so as you can see, I cry a lot,” Ofelia Camacho said.

The statewide eviction moratorium is the only thing keeping Camacho’s parents and their family of seven off the street.

“I feel like my parents have helped out the community a lot. We’ve given out a lot and we feel like the community does not have our backs,” Camacho said.

Despite the moratorium, their landlord has tried to evict them three times this year, mostly for allegedly having too many people living in one home.

Camacho’s father used to work at a local vineyard but suffered nerve damage in his legs when heavy machinery fell on him. Still, they’ve managed to pay rent, selling items at the flea market and borrowing from other family members. She is worried that generosity could soon run out.

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