© 2020 Focal Journal Inc.No-rent resolution during coronavirus crisis blocked at Boston City CouncilNearly all of Boston’s City Councilors backed a resolution seeking to delay rent and mortgage collection during the coronavirus outbreak, though an objection prevented it from going up for a vote.“We will see evictions, foreclosures and homelessness at levels we have not seen in our lifetimes,” City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo said during Wednesday’s remote council meeting.The item would not represent a regulatory change in itself; resolutions are just expressions of the will of the council, so Arroyo’s would simply urge the administrations of Mayor Martin Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and President Trump to make changes to “use the powers vested within them to issue an immediate moratorium on rent, mortgage payments, evictions and foreclosures.”The text of the resolution focuses on the effects of the massive economic slowdown along with the rapid spread of the coronavirus, saying poor people and illegal immigrants will be hit the hardest.Nearly all of the other councilors signed on, and that normally means that resolutions like this, which aren’t calling for a hearing, end up passing the day they’re introduced. But City Councilor Frank Baker objected to that, saying, “I don’t think this is within our power.”The resolution will move to a council committee, and Arroyo said he’ll seek a hearing quickly on the matter.Related Articles Boston officials, advocates call for halt on evictions as coronavirus spreadsBaker announced a $5 million rental assistance program Wednesday, and legislators are eying further interventions as the coronavirus tanks the economy, leaving many out of work. The federal government is in the final stages of passing a massive economic passage aimed in part at helping workers who now aren’t making any money.Walsh said Arroyo’s resolution calling for a temporary postponement of rent and mortgage payments, foreclosures and evictions “needs more than conversation and some action.”“There’s a lot of tenants and a lot of landlords that are struggling right now,” Walsh said at a press conference on Wednesday.Walsh encouraged property owners to check in with lenders and banks, which are starting to follow in the footsteps of the Federal Home Loan Bank and offer penalty-free deferred payment options and a moratorium on foreclosures. The city has partnered with some landlords to cut down on evictions — and housing court is closed, which means no evictions are possible.The council did pass resolutions from City Councilor Julia Mejia urging free testing for illegal immigrants, and more protections for unemployed people and small businesses.