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Olympia Renter Rally
October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Olympia is one of the most rent-burdened areas in the state with 53.7% of renters devoting more than 30% of our income toward rent. Further, people of color, seniors, single-parent households, and individuals or households with disabilities are the most likely to be rent-burdened. The price of rent is only one obstacle.
If we are lucky enough to find something we can afford and make it through the expensive rental applications, we still are expected to have anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 dollars to pay towards first month’s rent, last month’s rent, security deposit and a number of other non-refundable fees. Upfront costs have a disproportionate impact on low-income families, communities of color, the LGBTQ community, seniors, people with disabilities, and those paying with alternative sources of income such as social security. Capping the amount of fees that can be charged when moving in, as well as creating payment plans for the initial move-in expenses will ensure our community members can afford to access housing.
Join as we come together to introduce legislation which allows tenants to break up move-in costs into a payment plan informed by the length of the lease. This legislation is good for our communities, fair to landlords, and will increase a renter’s ability to access stable housing.
Have you been impacted by high rent and costs of moving in? Would you benefit from a move-in payment plan?
Contact Sarah if you are willing to tell your story during public comment on Oct 8th at 7pm or you would like to get more involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 605-680-5033.
Rally at 6pm, City Council Meeting at 7pm