Lucas Metropolitan Housing to extend Eviction Moratorium
January 28, 2021: Consistent with our commitment to reevaluate
the need for an extension on our eviction moratorium thirty days
prior to the expiration of the current date—February 28, 2021—LMH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Joaquin Cintron Vega,
has authorized an extension that is applicable locally until Friday,
April 30, 2021.
LMH understands that housing insecurity was already at a crisis
level nationally and locally before COVID-19. LMH
proactively issued its own eviction moratorium that extended
beyond federal mandates. This moratorium applies to evictions
for nonpayment of rent. The agency has extended the moratorium
several times and will continue to do so as necessary into 2021.
The temporary moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent
and fees and penalties related to nonpayment of rent,
applies to all tenants, regardless if employment was affected
by COVID-19. LMH alerts its residents that any rent missed
during the moratorium will accumulate and still be due when
the eviction moratorium is lifted.
For any unpaid rent during the moratorium, the family must
repay LMH or sign a repayment agreement to pay any amount owed
after the moratorium has ended. LMH is working with its
residents to educate them about the process.
“LMH understands that eviction has a serious impact on community
homelessness and housing instability. As an anti-poverty
organization, LMH has many safeguards in place to ensure that
the individuals and families it serves remain
housed,” stated Cintron Vega.
LMH has over 2600 units in the Low-Income Public Housing
Program and serves approximately 17,500 residents
across all its programs. LMH understands the cost of
homelessness to families, children and to our community. It
works hand in hand with community partners, like the Toledo
Lucas County Homelessness Board, to provide housing
resources for special population groups — for example, the
chronically homeless. It will continue to find other resources
that can ensure that everyone in Lucas County has a place to
LMH will continue to reevaluate the need for an extension to
this policy 30 days prior to the current expiration date.