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San Rafael approves COVID urgency eviction moratorium

The San Rafael City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance this week prohibiting pandemic-related residential evictions through Sept. 30. Alexis Captanian, the city’s housing analyst, told the council that residents continue to experience financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis that threatens their housing stability…

…Aaron Burnett, Canal Alliance director of advocacy and policy, said renters in Marin County need to earn $52.94 an hour, which is 3.5 times the state’s minimum wage, in order to afford the average monthly asking rent of $2,700, according to a report by the California Housing Partnership. He said San Rafael deserves credit for its commitment to affordable housing, but more work needs to be done.