PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Lauren Hubbs, like many others right now, doesn't know where her next paycheck will come from.

"I am not going to be paying my rent, I think it needs to be going to things that are more important during this time," said Hubbs.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced a freeze on evictions and foreclosures. But the move doesn't protect renters.

"Even if it lasts another two weeks, that is still a huge amount of money that we are missing out because we work on tips," said Hubbs. For renters fearful of eviction -- advocates say help is on the way.

"Just today, we were so pleased to say that the Arizona legislature passed a $50 million bi-partisan COVID relief package," said Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus, President of the Arizona Multi-housing Association.

Gilstrap LeVinus said rental and eviction assistance is included in the relief legislation. It is now headed to Governor Ducey's desk. Until then, advocates and the state are asking for landlords and property owners to be lenient.

"We have suggested they waive late fees and that they work with residents to structure payment plans or accept partial payments to ensure people can stay in their homes during these challenging times," said Gilstrap LeVinus.

Right now, courts in Maricopa and Pima counties are postponing eviction hearings until next month and buying some renters time. For a list of community action agencies that offer rental assistance, click here

 

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