On March 24, 2020, Governor Ducey issued
Executive Order 2020-14 Postponement of Eviction Actions
. This Executive Order protects members who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic from being evicted for non-payment of rent.
- Members qualify for this postponement if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Required to be quarantined based upon their diagnosis of COVID-19.
- Ordered by a licensed medical professional to self-quarantine based upon their demonstration of symptoms as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).
- Required to be quarantined based upon someone in the home being diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Demonstrated that they have a health condition as defined by the CDC that puts them at increased risk for COVID-19.
- Suffered a substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19, including, job loss, reduction in pay, closure of employment, obligation to be absent from work to care for home-bound school-age child or other pertinent circumstances.
- Members must inform their landlord in writing and supply any supporting documentation of their temporary hardship.
- Community Legal Services has created fillable forms to assist members with applying for the Eviction Postponement.
Mercy Care wants to ensure that providers, members, family and advocates have all of the necessary information to help members make the best decisions. We want members to take advantage of the Eviction Moratorium if needed, but it is important to consider the following facts and resources before deciding:
- Members will be required to pay all of their unpaid rent once the Executive Order expires on 07/25/2020. If members do not make payment arrangements, they may be served with an eviction notice.
- Members may be evicted for other reasons during this period.
- Members are encouraged to communicate with their landlords if they are not going to be able to pay rent.
- The Arizona Department of Housing has an Eviction Prevention Fund that may assist members to pay their rent.
- There may be other federal eviction prevention funds available to members.
Please feel free to reach out to the Mercy Care Housing department if there are further questions or concerns regarding the Eviction Moratorium.
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