The Humboldt State University Homeless Student Advocate Alliance, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of homeless students not only in Humboldt, but across the state, has endorsed the Affordable Housing Act. The initiative returns power to local communities to address their housing-affordability and homeless crises by limiting excessive rents.
“College students in California have been greatly impacted by the state’s housing crisis. Their concerns about being able to keep roofs over their heads are keeping them from doing what they need to do, learn. We’re honored to have Humboldt State’s Homeless Student Advocate Alliance joining our mission to expand rent control,” said Christina Livingston of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the campaign to pass the initiative.
Approximately 19 percent of California community college students, 11 percent of California State University students, and 5 percent of University of California students are homeless, according to a recent survey of California’s college students. The need for rent control is vital within the student population.
“Progressively, housing markets have been dominated by capitalist entities. Having no access to affordable housing is a root of many social issues that perpetuate poverty and marginalization. Repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is a step in the right direction for people on the verge of homelessness. The Homeless Student Advocate Alliance believes that the Affordable Housing Act is just one of the many ways to combat homelessness and marginalization,” said Chant’e Catt, President of Homeless Housing Advocate Alliance.