This Saturday, hundreds of member volunteers of tenant groups, community organizations and unions are hosting a united grassroots signature gathering kickoff to support the Affordable Housing Act to repeal the state restriction on rent control, the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. In less than a month since signature gatherers hit the ground to place the Affordable Housing Act on the ballot, the campaign has already collected over 25% of the signatures required.
“There is overwhelming support for this initiative on the ground. Californians are anxious to see solutions to the housing crisis that can actually provide immediate relief today to families facing skyrocketing rents and displacement from their homes.” said Jose Sanchez, of the LA Tenants Union. “People are tired of the false promises of ‘build build build’ solutions to this housing crisis that only seek to fill the pockets of for-profit developers. Entire communities are being wiped out while Wall Street landlords rake in the cash – we need to stop the bleeding first before we can do anything else. That’s why everyone is so eager to sign these petitions,” said Rosa Ramirez from SAJE.
The initiative would restore the right of local jurisdictions to choose the type of rent control that is right for their communities, making it once again permissible for cities and counties to apply rent control to more recently constructed units and single-family units, and to establish vacancy control.
Filed by Christina Livingston of ACCE Action, Elena Popp with the Eviction Defense Network and Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the effort is also supported by dozens of other organizations including the California Nurses Association, Los Angeles Tenants Union, SAJE, LA CAN, LA Voice (a PICO California affiliate), UTLA, UFCW Local 770, PolicyLink, Housing Long Beach, North Bay Organizing Project, Inquilinos Unidos, Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance and others who have joined forces to ensure the necessary signatures are gathered.