ACTION ALERT: Every Albuquerque resident needs access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of how they pay rent.

We need your help Monday, April 11 to urge the Albuquerque City Council to prohibit landlords from discriminating against renters who pay rent with housing assistance.

If passed, Ordinance 0-22-16, sponsored by Councilors Pat Davis and Brook Bassan, would make affordable housing accessible to thousands of New Mexico’s low-income families. It would update Albuquerque’s existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit landlords from refusing to rent to an applicant who will pay rent with a housing voucher, social security income, or any other lawful source of income. It would also stop landlords from imposing extra requirements — like higher security deposits — on those relying on rent subsidies. 

Make your voice heard! Give public comment in support at the hearing and/or contact city councilors and ask them to support the ordinance. Let them know that Albuquerque’s low-income renters need increased access to affordable housing!

WHAT: City of Albuquerque Finance & Government Operations Committee hearing on affordable housing

WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2022 at 5:00 P.M.

JOIN BY ZOOM OR IN PERSON: Council Committee Room, 9th Floor, Suite 9081 of the Albuquerque Government Center, One Civic Plaza NW.  

Zoom details will be available here: https://www.cabq.gov/council/events

WHAT YOU MIGHT SAY: Hello, my name is __________, I live in District ____. I am calling to urge Councilor ________ to support Ordinance 0-22-16. Every Albuquerque resident should have access to safe and affordable housing, regardless of how they pay their rent. Our city is already experiencing a huge increase in homelessness.  This ordinance would help ensure that low-income families can find affordable housing and remain housed. 

Find your city councilor here: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor

TUESDAY: Support strong regulations to enforce the new paid sick leave law!

Help ensure the Department of Workforce Solutions enacts meaningful paid sick leave enforcement!

We need your help to make the new paid sick leave law fair for all workers! Please attend a public hearing Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and urge DWS to remove a proposed regulation that limits carry-over of accrued time off.

The Healthy Workplaces Act, which goes into effect July 1, 2022, will require private employers in New Mexico to provide paid sick leave to employees. Currently, half of New Mexican workers lack paid sick leave. 

The department has proposed other regulations that will enable it to effectively enforce the paid sick leave law. Please support its proposals that would ensure employers are educated and have clear information about the paid sick leave law; provide access to workers who speak languages other than English or who need assistance enforcing their rights; keep workers up to date on the status of their complaints; provide prompt resolution or enforcement of complaints; and provide consistency to workers and employers by having an enforcement process similar to wage theft enforcement.

However, the department’s proposed limit on carry-over of accrued leave should be removed. The department has proposed limiting the amount of unused leave that employers have to carry over to the next year to 64 hours, which would wrongly take away paid sick leave that workers have earned.

How to join the hearing:

When: Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: 1596 Pacheco Street Suite 103, Santa Fe, NM 

or via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95905700471?pwd=U1dJemVzS2l6dWRIQW9sRjAySEFpUT09

Meeting ID: 959 0570 0471

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