Proposition 21 Endorsed by Coalition of Faith Leaders, Community Organizations

ahfweb Press Release

LOS ANGELES (August 14, 2020) Housing justice advocates and champions of Proposition 21 today announced that a broad coalition of faith leaders and organizations throughout California have endorsed Prop 21, the November 2020 state ballot initiative that will limit unfair rent increases and preserve affordable housing in California.

The coalition of endorsers include:

  • Pastor, Philip Lewis, New Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church — Inglewood, CA
  • Pastor Melvin King, Divine Deliverance Ministries—Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Michael Fisher, Greater Zion Church Family — Compton, CA
  • Bishop Robert Douglas, President, Inglewood Ministerial Alliance, Jacob’s Ladder — Inglewood, CA
  • Pastor James McKnight, Congregational Christian Fellowship— Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Najuma Smith-Pollard, Word of Encouragement Community Church/Center for Religion & Civic Culture—Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Thom Washington, Christian’s Community Center of Los Angeles—Long Beach, CA
  • Pastor Craig Worsham, Agape Church of Los Angeles/ National Director of Faith-Based & Community Partnership for National Association of Real Estate Brokers — Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Eddie Anderson, McCarty Memorial Church — Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Roshod Hall, People’s Independent Community Church — Los Angeles, CA
  • Pastor Troy Vaughn, Inglewood Community Church/Christ Centered Ministries —Inglewood, CA
  • Pastor Rueben Ford, Parks Chapel, San Fernando
  • Pastor KW Tulloss, President Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles & Southern California
  • Reverend Johnathan Moseley, Western Regional Director, National Action Network
  • Pastor Nathaniel Haley, United Christians Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Torrey Collins, St. Rest Friendship Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Stan Richards, Beacon of Light Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Bill Hemphill, Concord Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Jack Wilson, Solid Rock Mission Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Donald Robinson, Community Baptist Church, Redlands
  • Pastor Eugene Bryant, New Philadelphia Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Ronald Bolden, Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor James Perkins, True Friendship Baptist Church, Inglewood
  • Pastor Bill Turner, New Revelations Baptist Church, Pasadena
  • Pastor LA Keese, Bethany Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor J W Brown, Welcome Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Prentis Lewis, Greater Star Light Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Gerald Burgess, First Antioch Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Patrick Ross, Greater True Light Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor E. Wayne Gaddis, Greater St. Augustine Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Welton Pleasant, Christ Second Baptist Church, Long Beach
  • Pastor J L Sorrells, Greater Holy St. John Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Nathaniel Martin, New Light Institutional Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Terri Wilson, Good News Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Alex Toussaint, St. Andrews Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Louis Lewis, Southern Baptist Church,
  • Pastor Donald Wilson, New Mt. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Sylvester Washington, New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor George Underwood, Emmanuel Bible Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Marvin Dean, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Michael Island, Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Reverend Ricky Williams, United Christians Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Reverend Ricco Daughtery, United Christians Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor Linda Wright, Do- Right Christian Center, Los Angeles
  • Pastor JoAnnette Dixon, Ambassadors for Christ, Los Angeles
  • Minister Jerri Fair, Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles
  • Pastor William Smart, SCLC – LA Chapter
  • Najee Ali, Director, Project Islamic Hope

The coalition of faith leaders and organizations join a growing list of federal and state elected officials, local city councils, and social, housing, and racial justice organizations to support the fight for housing justice in California. And call for proven solutions to end the state’s dual and ongoing housing affordability and homeless crises. (See the full list of endorsements here.)

“We are honored to have the support of faith leaders of different religions and denominations from across the state,” said René Christian Moya, director of the Prop 21 campaign. “These spiritual and community leaders support our fight to keep California families in their homes and bring an end to the state’s ongoing housing affordability and homeless crises and for all.”

About Proposition 21 

When passed, Proposition 21 will keep families in their homes by giving local communities the power to implement and expand policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:

  • Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings
  • Exempt Single-Family homeowners who own up to two homes
  • Preserve affordable housing by allowing limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in

Housing Is A Human Right (HHR) is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of Proposition 21.  

Proposition 21 is sponsored by Yes on 21 – Renters and Homeowners United to Keep Families in Their Homes, Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, with significant funding by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. To learn more, visit yeson21ca.org.