Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, I am writing on behalf of Canoga Tenants and LA Tenants to urge you to support a rent freeze come April 1, 2020. Even without the current crisis, 80% of the working class typically uses money they would have otherwise spent on basic necessities like food in order to pay their rent. This reality combined with the current crisis makes paying rent for some literally impossible. While I applaud the current efforts your website highlights to help people most affected by the crisis, additionally implementing rent freeze and rent forgiveness is the only way to ensure that families can enjoy some marginal stability in these tumultuous times. In addition to this, anti-landlord retaliation must accompany these measures as well as an expansion on the current eviction moratorium by making it easier for tenants to qualify. Providing documentation that their pending eviction is connected to the current crisis is difficult for our most vulnerable populations who may lack the ability to produce these documents. Ensuring that all of these measures are in place will prevent putting families on the street, which will also prevent unnecessary risk of spreading the virus. Now more than ever, the safety of vulnerable communities and Los Angeles as a whole depends on addressing this humanitarian issue swiftly and comprehensively. If a rent freeze is not implemented by April 1, there will be a rent strike, which we all certainly wish to avoid- but will engage in if a freeze is not permitted. Thank you for your time, stay safe.