The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California has officially endorsed the Affordable Housing Act. It allows communities to urgently address their housing-affordability and homeless crises by limiting excessive rents.
“Faith-based leadership has been at the forefront of fixing housing issues both at the state and national levels. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California and their leader Rev. William Smart has not only played a large role in the housing fight, they’ve championed voting rights, education for the underserved, and youth advocacy. We’re honored to have their support in this battle to return power to local communities to expand rent control,” said Damien Goodmon, Director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Housing is a Human Rightand a member of the campaign to pass the initiative.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California (SCLC-SC) is a community resource which works to improve the condition of the impoverished. It is governed by a board that consists of faith leaders, union leaders, business professionals, educators, and community organizers. Through wealth development, community and employment empowerment, technology literacy and access, as well as youth educational advocacy, it seeks to close the economic gap between people of color and the mainstream majority. Through the implementation of Christian ethics, it strives to end hunger and tackle its origin, resulting from economic disenfranchisement.
“Making sure people have roofs over their heads is a moral issue, an economic justice issue and a human rights issue. How can children learn and grow properly if they constantly have to be on the move, from home to home, because the rent is too damn high? How can communities maintain their stability and their cultural diversity if only the affluent few can afford the rent? They can’t. We feel repealing Costa-Hawkins and expanding rent control is crucial to fixing the great economic injustice for hardworking, low-income families in California,” said Rev. William D. Smart, Jr, President and CEO of the SCLC-SC.
In 1964 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference West got its beginnings in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. and Douglas Dollarhide, the first Black Mayor of Compton, opened the Los Angeles office, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Los Angeles was formed.