The Housing Affordability Crisis Is Out of Control

Year after year, wages in California have remained stagnant, while rents have increased astronomically. Half of all renters statewide — more than 3 million households — spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, meeting the federal government’s definition of “rent-burdened.”

It’s not just renters: 16 percent of SoCal homeowners are also cost-burdened.

While high rents disproportionally and adversely affect low-income households, people of color, seniors, and families with children, California’s housing affordability crisis has a ripple effect that affects renters, homeowners, middle-income families, and low-income families alike. COVID-19 has made a brewing crisis hit its boiling point as millions of Californians face staggering unemployment and even further housing insecurity.

The Housing Affordability Crisis Is Out of Control

Year after year, wages in California have remained stagnant, while rents have increased astronomically. Half of all renters statewide — more than 3 million households — spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, meeting the federal government’s definition of “rent-burdened.”

It’s not just renters: 16 percent of SoCal homeowners are also cost-burdened.

While high rents disproportionally and adversely affect low-income households, people of color, seniors, and families with children, California’s housing affordability crisis has a ripple effect that affects renters, homeowners, middle-income families, and low-income families alike. COVID-19 has made a brewing crisis hit its boiling point as millions of Californians face staggering unemployment and even further housing insecurity.

Housing is at the intersection of everything.
It affects everything and everyone. 

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How Can Prop 21 Help?


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MODERNIZES RENT CONTROL
Allows local governments to limit rent increases on buildings older than 15 years, protecting millions of renters while incentivizing the construction of new housing.
Helps Renters (And Homeowners)
Allows rent limits on more rental homes than ever before, while exempting single-family homeowners who own up to two homes.
Preserves Affordable Housing
Slows rent increases across communities by limiting rent hikes on empty units. This will help keep housing costs down for all of us while reducing unjust evictions of seniors, veterans, and families.

Take the first step today!

Urgent action is needed to protect renters and make a living in CA affordable for all of us. Let’s put our elected officials on notice by calling on them to act NOW to protect California's 17 million renters.