Legislator Barnhart Speaks at Housing Crisis Rally

Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart stood with Oscar Brewer, a constituent who was evicted from his home, and other housing advocates at a rally outside the Hall of Justice.

Legislator Barnhart spoke about the need for protections and resources for tenants.

“Every single day, I have constituents who are emailing me, calling me, texting me in desperation because they’re losing their homes. They did nothing wrong. They’re just told they have to move. Sometimes because they complained about the conditions. … People with lower incomes, people with financial hardships are not there because they did anything wrong or because of their own failings. We cannot rely on private landlords to provide housing for people with lower incomes. That has created the situation we’re in now where people are exploited,” she said.

Read coverage about the event and the housing crisis in the Democrat and Chronicle and WHEC.

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