Nancy Pelosi’s California home has been targeted by protesters who taped a fake eviction notice on the House Speaker’s front door and demanded an extension of the federal eviction moratorium.
About 40 activists arrived outside Pelosi’s San Francisco home on Saturday, just hours before the moratorium’s last extension expired leaving more than 10 million Americans facing the prospect of being told to leave their homes.
The notice, one protester told KCBS Radio, read: “Dear Speaker Pelosi, you are hereby given immediate notice that millions of Americans will face eviction tonight when the eviction moratorium expires.
“We call upon you to immediately call Congress to session to vote to extend the eviction moratorium and keep people in their homes. We’re in the midst of the second-worst COVID surge to date and this is not the time to allow evictions to begin.
“Housing is a human right #evictionmorotorium #eviction crisis.”
Another, Chris Evans, told Fox News: “The reason that we’re at her house is that she has a beautiful mansion in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, and it shows how out of touch she is with the people that are facing a situation [of eviction].”
It was unclear if anyone was in the home at the time activists gathered outside to protest after the administration of Joe Biden said on Thursday it would allow the moratorium to expire.
President Joe Biden made a last-minute call for an extension of the moratorium, but said he could not act without Congress because of a Supreme Court decision last month against an extension past July.
But the House of Representatives adjourned for its seven-week summer vacation on Friday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling reporters there was “not enough time” to take action and called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which introduced the eviction ban, to extend it once more.
On Saturday evening, Pelosi tweeted that she “led a relentless campaign to extend the CDC eviction moratorium,” blaming a Republican “act of pure cruelty” for blocking her proposals.
Newsweek has contacted Pelosi for comment.
Federal fuds have been set aside to help renters. However, as of July 1, only about $3 billion of $47 billion worth of rental assistance has been handed out, with states and cities struggling to create efficient systems to allocate the relief.
President Biden has called on Congress as well as state and local governments to address the situation, which has drawn the ire of progressive Democrats, who called on him to find a solution after they failed to get the necessary votes for a renewal.
Representatives Cori Bush (D-MO) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) slept outside the U.S. Capitol over the weekend in a bid to send a message urging lawmakers to return to vote to extend the moratorium.
Rep. Bush told reporters: “I don’t plan to leave before some type of change happens.”