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NEW YORK – As millions of families struggle to pay their bills as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, 403,525 people have signed a petition created by ParentsTogether Action, calling on Congress to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and order a full moratorium on evictions/foreclosures.

ParentsTogether Action, a national parent-led organization with over 2 million members, has also released a survey of 1200 families around the country regarding the impact the coronavirus crisis is having nationwide. The results found that nearly half of families have already lost income and that the majority of families won’t be able to pay their rent/mortgage bills this month without cutting back on other basics like food. 

“The stimulus bill is a first step, but it’s not enough for most families and leaves out many altogether. Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis,” said Justin Ruben, Co-Director of ParentsTogether. “Parents are telling us they won’t be able to pay rent unless they cut back on vital food or medication — this isn’t a choice we should be forcing people to make.”

Below, please find topline findings from ParentsTogether Action’s survey of more than 1200 parents and ParentsTogether members.  For the full results please visit the following link.

People around the country are sharing their stories about the bills they face and can’t pay by April 1 using the hashtags #RentFreeze2020 and #MortgageFreeze.

ParentsTogether has parents available to discuss the struggles they’re facing right now and will be working to stay in touch with families throughout the next few months. As a resource to parents in the very short term, the organization has launched Coronavirus Parents, a Facebook group where parents are sharing resources, ideas, small victories and strategies for getting through the crisis.

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